I wanted to see what opinions anyone might have on these two rifles. I am really interested in getting a 45/70 lever action. I have handled the Marlin 1895 Cowboy at the gun shop and I like the way it balances. I reallly like the 26" octogon barrel. I have yet to actually handle the Winchester 1886 Extra Light that they have reintroduced in limited numbers, but the picture darn sure looks good! This would be for short-range deer hunting and all around fun. I would stick with the iron sights, I suspect. The Marlin looks and handles well and is much less expensive than the Winchester. However, I suspect that the Winchester will be a better investment since they are being offered in limited numbers. If the Winchester hold true to form it will be much sought after in the years to come. Any ideas???