I might as well weigh-in on the subject.
I have a Winchester 94 in 30-30 made in the early 80s; it is a wonderful rifle, and has never failed me in any way. I took a shot yesterday with it sporting a Williams FP peep, using hand-loaded Hornady FTX cartridges, at 400 yards; hit the torso target right below the heart. The day before it was a head shot at the same distance. The day before that it was a heart shot at 300 yards. All one shot hits.
I'll never sell it.
My brother had a Marlin years ago; it was pretty heavy, I guess it was accurate enough, beautiful rifle... he pawned it.