Marlin 512 Slugmaster
This bolt-action slug gun was a peer to the early Browning A-Bolts and Savage Model 210s in the mid- to late 90s, although it is now no longer available. Like many Marlin firearms, it was made for performance and durability, without all the pricey frills. A simple birch stock with pressed checkering and blued barrel are as pretty as it gets. But if you can find a clean used one with just a few season’s worth of hunting beauty marks on it, you’ll have yourself a fine slug gun.
Best Fit: Used Slugmasters can be had for a reasonable price when you find one. It would make a good, affordable first bolt-action slug gun, and a fine open-country slug gun for shooting from a blind or stand.