Got a Burris 2 3/4X LER scope stashed around here somewhere, and if I can remember where I put it, it will be going on the Marlin, as soon as I rescue it from durance vile, and decide on a Weaver or XS base. (The main advantage of the Burris is the adjustable eyepiece, and it makes it easier to focus the scope.) It has been suggested that since I'm going to be handloading for it anyway (my Minions have fired very few factory rounds through their rifles) that I get some 160 gr. FTX bullets from Hornady, and some LeveRevolution powder, and find a good load with that combo, which saves the wear, tear and aggravation of the whole AI process. Looking at the Hodgdon's reloading data, it comes pretty close to the AI already.
I think that every rifle that we have has a Rhodesian sling on it; I'd rather go afield without my boots than without one of Andy's slings. (The Minions don't know any better, that's all they've ever used.) And the blind box mag rifles all have ammo cuffs from the same source. I'm a firm believer that you shouldn't pay more than you have to, but you should pay as much as you need to, to get what you want.
Other than docking the stock and adding a recoil pad, none of the mods are permanent, and will be pretty easy to remove, if she decides that she doesn't like them.
Thanks for the advice, you've helped a lot, and I appreciate it.