When I had the idea to get into hunting, I rushed out and purchased a Marlin 1894. I bought the gun because I love Marlin lever actions, i have several. What I didn't know at the time was that I couldn't use the gun to hunt where I was.
To this day, Ive never shot a deer with it. So, I can't give you insight on the hunting aspect, but I will say I love the gun. I ended up putting a peep sight on it, and use it for target shooting. I also reload ammo for it. I really enjoy the gun.
Marlin made this gun only a few miles from my house. The sad part is, theyve recently closed their doors and ran from this ridiculous state....like so many others. That's a story for another time!
Sorry I have no real insight for hunting, just glad to see someone actually talking about the Marlin 1894.