If your thinking 'Yotes you might get by with a 30/30. The range might be a thing to look at . Then if you reload something in the 130 gr. might get you what you want.
The 45/70 is an awsome round for big game , but it is far a yote gun since you would need to set the guide gun up to shoot over three inche's high @ 100 yards to zero around 170 yards . . Too much of a rainbow to work with.
Now Marlin also has the 1894 model that comes in pistol caliers for the most part .
You might find an older model in 22 bee or the current 32 H&R might be worth to take a peak at .
I own an 94 Marlin in 44 which is used for cowboy style shooting, as well as fast snap shooting at deer in heavy cover. As far as fire power these rifles are awsome.
For distance lever shooting for small game , I would think you might be better served with the Browning BLR . It is really a lever operated bolt action and can be had in calipiers like the 22/250 /.243W through to the 450 Marlin and the 325WSM.
IThe BLR I have in 358 W is also a fine rifle and a pleasure to shoot. This is my bear and moose rifle.
The use of the clip makes for fast loading and unloading , a virtue if your on the move, but it gets you away from the flat nosed bullets required if your loading a tube under the barrel.
This is a plus as you can load any bullet pointed flat nosed or round as your heart desires.
You are not limited to range as with the Marlin and winchester levers.
Also have a 35 Remington in the 336 Marlin that was built in '54 with the ballard cut rifling .
These guns were hand fitted when labour still allowed it , thus they were very smooth in operation , and my sample is a good shooter .
I have seen a 30/30 from this time period( 336 made in the early 50's) and am waiting for the day when the lad who has it in his safe will sell it .
The marlins for the most part are fine guns and easy to care for as the bolt is easy to remove by just removing the screw holding the lever , dropping the lever and pulling out the bolt. you can then clean from the reciever instead of through the front of a barrel .
Another lever now discontinued is the savage model 99. This model comes in a clip version in 308 , and was also chambered in 250 cal , which would also be suited for yotes as well as deer.
So get your self into some trouble and buy that 30/30 and you will find your self hooked.
You will soon have an overwhelming desire to buy another Marlin rifle in an other calipier , as 99.9% of us have been caught by the same bug.
Owning three Marlins, once four, two winchester levers and one BLR you might say I have this thing for levers.
Yep ! so when your into buying a safe for storage make sure it's a big one.