My wife got a 1976 for $98. She bought it for the cravings.
I tired a bunch of different ammo. CCI Stingers seem to do the best.
You want to keep your FPS above 1400 for good cycling.
I also would suggest ordering a few recoil springs from Marlin, they are $4 each.
Unless your used to putting them back together with needle nose pliers. They bend easy.
BTW the gal at Marlin said that stock was only offered a few years, and she dont hear of many of them.