I"m firmly in the Marlin camp
But if you want a bolt-action for some serious precision, consider .22WMR
Basically doubles your range & power, and the precision one can wring out of a Marlin with a little elbow grease can be phenominal!!
Boyd's Riflestocks has killer laminate stocks at low prices if you want to go from Mild to WILD!
When it comes to Bolt action Marlins...you do need to know what is what...
your 25N/25MN/25M/880-series/980-series/XT22-series (all 1988+) do share the same action & stocks & can use the Boyd's Laminates.
The difference between the .22lr & .22WMR versions is pretty much mag-related for stock intentions.
You can switch out an old 25n/880/980 trigger assembly for a new XT-22 adjustable trigger assembly,
but you should have a Marlin armorer or good-quality gunsmith do the work.
The older 25 (1984-88), 80-series (1934-70), and 780 (1970-1988) series have bloody horrible triggers
(but can be tuned if the previous owner didn't do it already)...
and cannot use the 800-900-series stocks. But they are Dead Nuts precise.
If they've got an original Redfield Peep on 'em (DL versions), so much the better
See here for pics of examples. http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums...0&postcount=11