I had an uncle who owned a Marlin in 444. I borrowed it a couple of times to deer hunt with but never killed one with it. I later bought a Marlin in 35 Rem which I did kill several deer with. I owned several lever actions both Marlin and Winchester over the years in calibers from 22 to 45 70 but never owned a 444. I like the Winchesters in handgun calibers but for big game I'll go with the Marlin.