Bought a Marlin 1894 in .357 Mag a dozen years or so ago. Put the scout scope mount and a Burris Scout Scope on it. Fabulous. Locate the target with both eyes open, close the left (I shoot right-handed) and the reticle is perfectly placed. Thanks to the lightened trigger, the deer have no chance. This includes a 1-shot kill of a big old buck that scored 150+ points. Yes, the .357 is adequate with a Hornady 180 gr. XTP atop a near-max load of 2400. And it's a tackdriver. But it's weird - this 1894 is accurate only with heavier bullets, 140 gr. or heavier. Even factory 125 JHPs were no better than 5" @ 25 yd.