Marlin's 925M is a VERY solid platform, but the better one for Paper/Steel Targets is the Marlin 982-VS
The Heavy Barrel on the 982-VS...it's unbelievably precise & helps resist heat from prolonged firing
However, the 925M is also capable of One-Ragged-Hole groups at 75 yards,
so it ain't nothing to sneeze at either.
I've got a Marlin 25MN that regularly drops 'yotes, and I love it madly
It was the reason I started collecting Marlin rifles...high precision in an inexpensive rifle!!
Gotta LUV Marlins!!