Well, I've been watching prices climb so I decided to buy now before they went higher. Saw some Marlins at the local pawn but didn't have the money - squirreled some away and went back to find a new selection. Picked out a Western Field 740 in 30-30 with a Bushnel Sportview 3-9 x 32 for $330 (taxes and fees added another $50). No crossbolt safety. There were others on the rack for cheaper but not as near good condition. I also saw NEW 450 MXL for $799, 357 stainless 1894 for $779, 30-30 'Trapper' stainless straight stock for $779 and a blue 44 mag with beautiful wood for $640. My budget did not go that high and I was pleased to get a lightly used gun with walnut stocks. A left hander had owned it (hammer spur on the left side). There were a few dings in the stock and a few light wear marks, about what you'd get after a season in the woods. So I got an almost new scoped 30-30 for what I would of paid for a new plain jane (birch stock) in 2008. I was also able to trade in a sporterized (no collector value)British 303 for $100 - spent that on ammo. I've shot the 30-30 a few times to dial in the scope and it groups nicely. Serial number begins with 59 so does that mean it was made in '41?