I bought one earlier this year. I got the Marlin 1895M guide gun. My only complaint is the lack of different types of ammunitions. The only two places I have found is Hornady and http://www.cpcartridge.com/450marlin-P.htm . If I had to do it over I would have gotten the 45-70. I do plan on taking a deer with it this year and hopefully some hogs next year.
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...