Agree, i looked over a new Ruger Marlin a few weeks ago and was impressed. I should have bought it right then, but waited one week and it was gone.No comment on whether you should or shouldn't, but MSRP on those is $1,239.
Ruger is doing a good job with Marlin.
I don’t see the prices coming down. I think a good quality firearm costs money, and a Ruger doesn’t seem like they’re interested in selling higher volumes at the expense of quality.