Hi guys and gals, I'm a life long shooter who is interested in cowboy action. My win 94 is a 30-30 so I need a new lever gun. I've always made compromises on my gun purchases buying something used, cheap, or it'll do the job. I'm 52 now and really like old school guns, and I think I'm ready to buy what I want instead of settling. For those reasons and a few more I'm considering a Henry Big Boy for no other reason except I love the look of the gun. My reasons for going cowboy action are not to compete for winning at all costs. I want to enjoy the atmosphere, market my leather rigs, and become a better shooter under competition pressures. Becoming a better shooter means I have no intention to modify my guns beyond what I would normally do for general field use. I even intend to shoot the same loads I use in the field where they meet velocity rules. So that means I don't mind the tube magazine handicap of the Henry. I've read many reviews of the rifles in this class and understand that the Marlins are not only cheaper, but better rifles for the job. However please reread the first paragraph, I want the brass. So for you guys who can offer good advice considering my position. Is there any reason for me to buy the better and cheaper gun, the Marlin? For further consideration: One of my SA is a 357m SAA clone, the other is a S. Blackhawk 44m so at first I'll be handy capped with two calibers. I intend to buy a twin for one of them, and prefer 357 so that would be my choice for the rifle. Any opinions that would recommend going 44m? Having the 30-30 I don't need a new brush rifle which is the only reason I can see for the 44. The 44 would be a better bear defense gun but I use the Blackhawk for that, and don't intend to start carrying a rifle while fishing or hiking. Thanks and for you brave soles come on over to the Hi Point Firearms Forum. We're a bit wacky over there, but we don't bite to hard, and have a real cheap fun gun to play with.