Well about 5 years ago I bought my first marlin. A pre Remington 1894 in 44 mag. New I'd like it, but gotta say I love the thing, a great size and great short range caliber. Anyway, that sooner turned into a want of an 1895 45/70. Eventually I found an older one (pre cross bolt safety), in better than average condition. Where I live I don't have a lot of need for it but I just wanted one. So now I've been offered a 1895 in 444. Haven't ever been after one, but the price is quite good, and they aren't real common, so I gave the guy a deposit. I have also put active feelers out for a model 39a, like I said. Lever guns are addictive.