I like to consider my self old fashioned in some ways. I think I would be just at home leaving in 1860 as now maybe even more so. Like I lot of you I grew up watching "Gunsmoke", "The Rifleman", "Bonaza" I could go on and on. Whatever happen to those days? I think those days with my grandfather still stay with me 30 years later. I think thats why I believe the Lever Action Rifle has a soft spot in my heart. I know I went a round about way getting there but there was a reason behind it. I am a rookie collector to say the least but hope to one day have a vast lever action collection. Anyone else share this passion? I am also interested in hearing any stories both good and bad about experiences with the Marlin XLR Series. A couple of them are on my wish list.