I owned a mint Marlin 322 back in the late 60s for about two months. I could not get satisfactory accuracy from it, and my buddy really liked it, so I got my money out of it. He couldn't get it to shoot either, so he checked the twist. When he realized it had a 1-12" twist instead of the typical 1-14", he switched to 60 and 63 gr bullets, and groups shrank to target rifle tight sub-1/2" accuracy. Note: The 322 has a heavy target barrel and a straight comb. The Varmint King has a 1-14" stainless featherweight barrel and a Monte Carlo comb. Two significantly different models in 222 Rem.