I have an older Model 1894 Marlin in .44 Mag and would very much like to pick up an M77/44 but in stainless and with a laminated stock. That way it would match my .22LR. All of my Marlin lever rifles are older models without the new cross bolt safety feature which I really don't like on a lever gun. In my opinion it just doesn't belong there. Kinda like putting diapers on John Wayne.
The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.