I ended up getting the M60 for $167.00 plus tax at wally world two days ago shot a few rounds at my job today (the owner of the estate wasnt home and its HIGHLY illegal in Westchester county ) but I cant wait till I go to the range and get the iron sights the way I like and the scope sighted in......will post pics tommorow
I have a Marlin 60 with tube mag and love it. It never fails to fire and it is accurate. I would recommend installing Tech-Sight aperture sights if you go this route.
I would avoid Rem 597s. I bought one and it threw the ejector plunger on the third shot, the front sight was around 5 deg off center so it could not be zeroed and the receiver dovetails were also off center so I could not use after market sights.
I just had a quick read-through of the thread and I saw you were looking at marlins and I saw that m60s were mentioned. I have read that they do not eject properly sometimes. I have 2 and they were extremely dirty and weren't ejecting properly. Since I have cleaned them I have not been back to the range to test them but it is a common problem from what I can tell.
You have made an excellent choice.I have at my disposal Winchester bolts, Ruger bolts and 10-22's,Remington bolts. Marlin Nolts an The Model 60.My go to gun is the Marlin 60, it is accurate and has the 22 inch barrel and cycles the subsonics. Besides making an excellent choice, You will not disappointed. Cliff