I agree strongly with Riverwalker about common guns. In my mind, 12-gauge, 7.62, 5.56, 30-30, 22 cal and 30.06 are the only guns really worth looking at.
Now there will be a lot of gun freaks out there who will rise up in righteous indignation at that statement. You are of course welcome to send me your comments and I will of course pay them the same respect and attention that I showered on my Aunt and Uncle (I still adore those two) the day that they came to tell us about the infinite possibilities available to us as AMWAY dealers.
But Riverwalker, I fail to see what good a scope does on a Marlin 30-30. The cold reality is those things are really only good inside of 100 yards. Scopes are expensive, break easily, and give you a false sense of being Davy Crockett. Iron sights are the way to go. You can even upgrade from the factory stuff if you want.
To me, scopes on a Marlin 30-30 is putting lipstick on a pig.
(yeah, I know, bad analogy...the 30-30 is a great gun)