big shrek will be along shortly to tell you the marlin is better than indoor plumbing, beautiful women, and great cigars. Possibly the single best invention ever second only to fire. Everything I've read says they are good guns at an affordable price. However, there are lots of good yet affordable rifles on the market today & you owe it to yourself to find one that fits you well. You might pick up a marlin & love it. The converse may also be true. If you're not brand loyal then go fondle a bunch of different ones in your price range and a little above to see which works best for you.
So many coyotes....so little time....