Hi! I'm looking at getting a .44 magnum lever action for my next deer rifle. I have a .300 WSM for long shots and looking for a close quarters gun. The best places for deer on my property is in some dense areas where shots will be no more than 60 yds. I killed a nice buck this year with my 300 at 40 yds and bullet never expanded and deer ran alot further than it should have. A buddy let me shoot his and fell in love with it and it has great knock down power as it rolled a 140lb deer shooting through brush. With that being said, I have narrowed it down to two models 1) Marlin 1894 (orginal or cowboy) 2) Henry Big Boy. I'm considering putting a small scope on it but would like to just use open sights. I prefer the side discharge as opposed to the Winchester's. Anyone have any recommendations or hunt with either of these models?