I was in Cabelas today. Mostly overpriced stuff. A lot of the Cabelas branded stuff was obviously rebranded from other brands (e.g., Columbia shirts). I only bought one thing - some Remington cam wrap decals marked down from $15 to $2.50 They did have some interesting stuff, but like I said, almost all of it was overpriced, very little on sale. I had not been in a Cabelas for a few years because they were just too far away until recently but I do recall them being more reasonable on prices - not discount level, but reasonable. Enough ranting on that. What caught my eye was an octagon barreled lever action. Now I have always had a thing for octagon barrels because that is what I grew up with: That is me over 35 years ago out in the coast range when I was in the USCG. The rifle is a family heirloom; a Winchester '94 in .30-30 with a 26" - my grandfather bought that rifle for a little bit of cash and some whiskey from a Trask Native American and it is still in the family (will come back to me when my eldest brother decides to let it go). I like Marlins better than Winchesters. I had a stainless Marlin (with JM markings) in .45-70 with a round 20" barrel but I sold it because I really wanted one with an octagon barrel and I wanted it to be a shorter barrel. So this rifle in Cabelas had an 18.5" octagon barrel and was in .45-70. Nothing fancy about it. Straight grip. No checkering. Blued. Tag said it was a "Cabelas Exclusive". $790 I can't find anything online about it except on the Cabelas website. If it was stainless I would have bought it right then. I've heard the quality of Marlins have recovered lately. I wasn't that impressed with the wood fitting on the stainless one I had and it was pre "Remlin". I am debating whether to get this rifle. I would strongly prefer stainless. I guess I could have the rifle refinished with some kind of more durable finish. I prefer matte, so just about anything that is durable and corrosion resistant would be good I guess, but I would really like the barrel bore to be treated as well. Is melonite good for this? I would eventually send the rifle off for action work, ported, metal treated and probably a different stock - maybe synthetic. Now - tell me why - why - should I not do this? Or should I? Have at it.