I own and still use a Marlin .35 lever...in fact I use it every season. It has a peep sight, no scope. Extremely accurate and reliable. I mostly carry a BAR .308 scoped, but the little Marlin is carried when I still hunt or we do drives. I've killed alot of deer with the Marlin. Once, in my younger days, I met up with a hunting partner who was sitting atop a steep ridge. We sat together and talked quietly. It was early afternoon and there wasn't much deer activity. A grouse appeared about 35 yards downslope from us. To show off I told my buddy I could shoot the head off of the grouse. He scoffed.
I shouldered the Marlin and shot. The grouse flopped over, drumming it's wings. I retrieved it and it's perfectly severed head. Probably a lucky shot but quite a memory. We had grouse breast and backstraps for dinner that night.
"As the light grows dimmer and the trail begins to fade, my sweetest dreams are those of yesteryear, at deer camp."