My father said that my Marlin 1894 for a long time would only feed 357s but over time it broke in. I dont remember cause I was young when my father bought it and had it shortened to 16.25 inches to better fit me.
Im afraid I wont be much help with the 1892 but it may break in over time...
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.
all 25 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple