After many years of wanting a Marlin Guide Gun, I got one back just before Christmas. I did take a risk by getting a new in box Remington Marlin, and buying it on gunbroker, which turned out not so great: front sight was wobbling because the mounting screw was broken, rust on a couple spots, scratch on the stock, cracks in the lamination, and super wobbly lever, plus the "normal" trigger wobble, which was way more than I've seen on other Marlins. I sent it back twice, and got it back the second time in February. All in all they did fix the issues, but managed to scratch the stock while doing so. Long story short, I didn't want to send it back a third time since they screwed it up twice, so I modified it from pistol grip into a straight grip (my preference) and refinished the stock and re-blued some areas while I was at it. I touched up the action a little while I had it open as well, and it feels great now, and I'm happy with it. Since I don't know/haven't found out the year it was made, I don't know if the later Remington Marlins have fixed some of the obvious quality issues, and/or if a 2017 Marlin would have been better than this one. The fact that they royally screwed up the return twice (big time scratches on the stock the second time plus other scratches) just makes me want to cut my losses and move on, but I do not recommend a remington marlin without seeing it first. Somewhat on me, but their service was lacking.
I've carried a Winchester 94 30-30 before, and when I was a teen, a Henry lever .22 was in my hand pretty much every day. I never used slings for either, but I used a 2 point for so long with an M4 that I really like a sling.
I searched around, but didn't find what I was looking for. What kind of slings are you guys using on lever actions? What's the downside of a sling on a lever? Has anyone done a side mount like all of us seem to do on the RGS?
I've copied almost exactly the side mount two-point VCAS sling on my RGS that Ken and I think Scot have, and love it. I'm considering doing something similar, but I just don't know if it feels quite right.