Look, for that kind of money, buy the Marlin. Even if you buy a fancier rifle in the future, you never know when that Model 60 might come in handy. I have a Model 60 and the Ruger 10/22. Honestly, they both shoot great. The 10/22 has more cool options with the stock and such, but trust me, the 60 is a wonderful .22. Everyone should have a .22 - not just as a starter, but it's a wonderful target rifle that is super cheap to shoot. It's tough to do a lot of practice with a .300 Weatherby Magnum, at $3 a round and a painful shoulder to look forward to. But you can shoot all day with a .22 and not even burn up all your lunch money. In order to get good at shooting, you have to do a lot of shooting and a .22 makes that easy and fun.