I agree with th' guys, tho'...look at and try..if you can...a "peep", or reciever sight, or what is known as a 'ghost ring' sight. It's essentially the same thing as a regular 'peep' sight, but usually has a bit larger opening to look thru.
The Williams peep sights never fog or loose their allignment like a scope and the batteries never quit at the worst time like a halo sight. The small rear apature greatly improves the sharpness of the front sight (even for old eyes). At the ranges appropriate for a lever gun the peep will do everything that the other options won't.
Marlin is a durn good rifle I'll conceed that. I have one in 30-30 but I have two Henrys that will stack up against any Marlin out there for ease in loading, reliability, and accurecy. Gotta love them Henrys
I think your going to like your Marlin 1894c/.357 Caliber much more then the Winchester... They are great Guns just look what they are going for now. It's hard to find a nice used one for under $500.00 dollar's.
If it's a new or next to new Rifle and the Lever cycles a little stiff or tends to stick in spots rent the Movie "Tombstone" sometime. You can then cycle the Lever several thousand times while watching it, that usually smooth's things out!
Don't let anyone tell you it's no good for Deer Hunting either. Under 100 Yard's with the right Ammo the .357 makes quit a hole.
Nice rifle think you will really like the .357 , I have a Marlin 1895 in 45-70 and a Henry in .357 was real surprised at how acurate both rifles were out of the box. with leverevolution ammo put 3 bullits through the same hole at 200 yards , well not exactly the same hole it looked like a figure 8