Marlin isn't a "cheap" gun. There's a reason they've been around as long as they have. This debate could become endless, just like a Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge free for all. Brand loyalty runs just as deep in weapons. Now personally, I don't care for Ruger. I had a Mark III 22/45 stainless given to me years ago. I fired one magazine through it and then it went into the far back recesses of my safe for many years, until I stumbled upon it and sold it last year. I didn't care the the design, and to me it was, well, Gunny would call it a "modern art masterpiece." (An underhanded insult for those unable to recall the movie) I had chances at estate sales to buy 10/22's during hysteria time for $200-$250 but they simply don't have "higher than new cost" value to me. As a matter of fact, it seems like the whole used market is asking out of control prices still. I'm not paying you $500 for something I can readily buy for new for the same price. I think this is the point where a lot of first time buyers are starting to recognize their stupidity and the realization that they "will loose money" when they sell still hasn't completely set in. $350 for a stock 10/22......I think not. Walmart has started getting AR's again, and they'll get the old $179 10/22 back as well. But I'll keep my S&W's, they never let me down.
A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future.
- General George Patton Jr