For straight out of the box shooting it's Marlin hands down. The 73 action will be rough out of the box and will need slicking up. Neat thing about the 73 is if you get a jam just take off the side plates and all the innards are exposed. I'd rather have the 73.
A forum community dedicated to hunters and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about optics, trails, clubs, gunsmithing, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more. The friendliest gun forum on the Internet!