Received a Rossi Rio Grande .30-30 today for a customer and boy was I not impressed. I picked the rifle up and shouldered it and the rear sight was welded about 3/16" off to the right. The sad part was it was so obvious it was standing sideways due to the curve of the barrel and QC didn't catch it. The dealer who sold it told him they would have to send it to rossi so the wait begins. Needless to say the customer is not happy.
I have shot a couple of the older ones and they were great. Picking up one instate would give me a chance to inspect it. I saw a nice Marlin at the last show but $700 is out of my ballpark. I'll give Traders a call. Do you remember what the price was like?