I love this rifle but it lost some shine today when I checked the "flats" for level. There are several "level" lines or flats on any rifle and on this one there's the following: - flat behind the receiver - flat under the magazine block - flats at both scope bases - flat at the rear sight dovetial - flat at the front sight Every single one of these has its own "level", as-in, none of these share the same level! I was going to do some modifications to this rifle but now that I cannot reference "level" it puts a damper on things. I'm a fan of iron sights and was hoping to put a peep rear and globe front, but not anymore. Instead, I decided to enjoy it as a regular scoped 22 rifle. The Marlin is the only tube fed bolt action 22 that I know of, and it is nice to load it to capacity and plink off all those rounds while others need to stop and reload. 10 rd limit here in Cali if you have a detacheable magazine, no limit if its a rimfire with a fixed magazine. Anyway, just thought I share my findings in case someone was expecting these rifles to be machined more "precisely"!