I'm getting real close to buying a carbine length Marlin 1894 in .44 mag. I do alot of 'drive' hunting with my buddies in heavy woods and brush and a short barreled quick pointing gun with alot of knock down power is just what the doctor ordered. I want a pistol caliber rather than a 45/70 or .444 marlin because I like the full 10-shot mag tube, the cheaper ammo, and the manageable recoil pistol cartridges provide. It also will be a great bedroom-closet gun to backup my G23 ;-), ;-). Before I buy this gun, 2 quick questions please: 1) Would anyone buy anything other than the Marlin 1894 for this setup (e.g. the Winchester 94 or anyone else out there who makes a similiar setup?) 2) Has anyone heard of any plans by Marlin or Winchester to chamber their carbine lever guns in the new .50 S&W round, or even .454 cassul, or .480 ruger? For this gun's purpose the more knockdown power the better for less than perfect job placement. Thanks guys.