Just FWIW, I use the Marlin Model 60 as a price barometer. I've always liked these rifles so I stop and look at them regularly. Decent used examples are bringing roughly $80-90 in gun shops, for about half of what it would cost you to get a new one out the door at WalMart.
“Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals. It can only be ensured by instinct, sharpened by thought practicing the stroke so often that at the crisis it is as natural as a reflex.” ~ T. E. Lawrence