I have a 73 and 85 model no problems with either gun ever
I gave about $300 for my 73 model because it was a “user”.
My 85 i got for $500 and was in perfect condition…..but this was 5-7 years ago. The value will only go up because the brand new ones are overpriced Japanese made junk.
Personally i like the slimmer stocks over the heavy & bulky marlin 30-30 any day!