Wow, sounds like the Marlin is a super rifle.. I have the model 94 in Ranger 16 in. Looks like the traper, dont know the difference... Cant compare it to the marlin, never shot one. Shot some loads of 250 cast over 20gr. of 2400 seems pretty stout, and not bad for open sights either.... Will recomend a recoil pad... Just dont know which one is any good. Any of you have a preference?