I was debating doing thumper build in either 458 Socom or 450 Bushmaster, but the cost of the build components, brass and dies made me have second thoughts. So instead I decided to go with an old school thumper at half the cost. I picked up a new Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun and have been really enjoying it. There were some concerns about the sketchy QC reports I have been hearing on newer Marlins since the Freedom Group purchased the company. But it looks like that has been sorted out. The fit and finish on this gun is very good. It cycles 405 grain hardcast loads very smoothly. It only took me 2 sighting shots to start putting rounds in the center of the black and most were touching. Now to come up with a 350 grain HP load for next deer season.
Here's a pic of the lever powered thumper on the new teak hardwood flooring I just finished putting in. The Marlin was a gift to myself for completing the job and not having a brain hemorrhage doing it.