Marlin's model 336 was introduced in 1948 and was the rival to Winchester's model 94. Marlin's 336 is only found in .35 Remington & .30/30. Marlin's model 1894 is chambered in .357Mag/ .38 Special, .44Mag/.44 Special & .45 Colt.
I'm not sure about some Marlin models having a better quality lever action, that may be true. I've always heard that Marlin's lever actions are of the same quality on all their rifles/models and are a timeless design.
enduring models, such as Models 1891 and 1893. Today known as Models 39 and 336 respectively, they are the oldest shoulder arm designs in the world still being produced.
Marlin's 1895 model is chambered in .45-70 & .450Marlin only.
But, Marlin does now have deluxe & competition models that may have better quality everything.