Henry is proud of 'em for sure. I think justifiably so. Like you, I think the Marlins work just fine too and at a lot less cost. Still if money was not an issue....Yes, very nice! But after checking the MSRP I think I'd just buy two nice used Marlins in .35 Rem. - and maybe have enough money left over for a couple boxes of ammo!
I guess I am different..
I like the tube feed. I don't like feeding through the gate on the Marlin 30/30..
1) It usually takes some wedging and cramming to get the rounds through the gate and into the tube. I was always concerned that the seating & crimp of the bullet may be affected.
2) I didn't like shucking all the cartridges through the action to unload the rifle.
But that's just me... Some like Pepsi, some like Coke..
Yeah, I like the tube fed too.I prefer tube feed also. Anyone with arthritic or cold hands can easily pick up a round with any two fingers and drop them down the tube without having to force them in.
But when you are hidden, a loading gate is handy to stay that way while reloading. Like when the Indians or outlaws don't leave after a few shots. Or the deer stay grazing peacefully as you fire a whole tubefull. But somehow in the real that never happens, and so then I can stand up and reload thru the tube with no reason to hide.
I own three Henrys, but not one with a brass receiver. I also did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. That said, when I was in flight school a hundred or so years ago we had to make everything SHINED. The bottom of our shaving cream cans, the inside of the lid to our shoe polish cans and of course, our brass, always on display. We also were tasked to polish the brass metalwork in the barracks such as the door handles. We did all of that with a product called "Brasso" that came in a small (8 ounce?) can. If it was me, I'd find me some Brasso, try it and then cover the polished brass with a good wax product (not polish). I'd use one of the newer ceramic waxes. The new synthetic spray waxes are quite mild and I have used them with great success on my rifles that expected to see wet weather.I bought a new Henry 30-30. If I had some patience I would’ve waited on the side gates to come out in something other than brass. The brass looks good but dang it gets scratches on it so easy. I’m tired of worrying about it. I mean how in the world does it scratch so easily? I take care of my guns but that brass...you can wipe it with a brand new polishing cloth and voila!! Scratches and swirls