I had a Marlin 1894SS in .44 Magnum. It proved to be horribly unreliable, especially with factory JHP loads. Granted, the lever action rifle was designed long before JHP ammo, and so I probably shouldn't be surprised. Still, no matter how clean I kept it, no matter how smartly I worked that lever, the rifle was a hopeless jammer, even after a return trip to Marlin for repairs. I've heard lots of Marlin owners say that their rifles have never given them problems, but plenty of others say that their experience was similar to mine. Ultimately, I think that buying a lever action is a crap shoot when it comes to reliability. As for my Marlin, I sold it off, went back to my Mini-14, and now have no complaints....the Mini NEVER jams.