My Marlin 1894C has an 18" barrel and at 6.5 lbs is the perfect weight for a stroll through the woods. I mounted mine with a Williams FP sight and the little rifle really likes the increased sight radius.
There's a lot to like in Steve's Model 92s. I haven't seen a Winchester 94 in .357 on the used gun racks in several years. If I stumble on one I'll be tempted.
Were I looking for a rifle today, I might be tempted to try one of the Henry Big Boy rifles
. My son has a Henry .22 and it's a dandy.