I have an old marlin 1894 that my father had cut down for me when I was a kid. I love the gun. I recently bought a Rossi (puma) and to me it felt cheep and poorly made. I gave it to my brother in law in trade for 2000 rounds of 357 magnum.
I have handled the Henry and I like how it feels. The weight is not a problem in my mind. The issue I have with the Henry is the lack of a loading gate. Reloading the Henry is more of a pain than reloading the marlin.
I have also handled a Winchester (made in Japan) and it felt like a nice gun but it was still new so the dealer would not let me shoot it.
As far as Marlin. I would steer clear of the newer Marlins (Remlins)
unfortunately that does not leave much.
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