It's a Marlin. Cheaper wood made for JC Penny back in the day. Always said if I came across a one in good condition at a fair price I'd be hard pressed to pass it by.I like 35 Rem and several others (mainly 32 Win Spl) but if I can only choose 1 it would be 30.30 simply because lots of rifles to choose from and plenty of ammo (normally available)
I have several 30.30 lever rifles but my favorite is an old glenfield I have. It is not as pretty as my pre 64 model 94 Winchester, or near as expensive as my Henry, or even as desirable as the several 336 marlins I have. I will tell you What it is, a fine shooter that is often overlooked in the world of lever guns.
I much prefer the pistol grip stocks. Readily available in Uberti 1873's - not so much in Marlin 1894's or Winchester 1892's.That's a big IF. But in that situation, a straight stock Marlin 336 in .30-30. Fortunately, I can have more than one. I have the 1895 Marlin .45-70 and an old 94 Winchester, but I still want two 1894 Marlins, one in .44 Mag and one in .45 Colt, preferably older ones. And I still want that straight stock 336.
Come to a Cowboy Action Shooting match in Mendenhall and you'll get a chance to look at/shoot all three of those calibers, possibly by each maker (except for .44 Mag, Uberti has only recently made the 1873 in .44 Mag and they are very difficult to find).