Howdy, my first deer rifle was a Marlin for my first center fire hunt in Missouri. I was raised in Illinois that only allowed shotgun so it was a treat many years ago. I hunted down by Cabool and Ava.
Welcome to MarlinOwners and I would consider a 2 X 7 if you will be hunting any distance over 150 yards. My typical distance in central Florida is more like 75-125 yards so I use a 1.5 X 4.5 Bushnell.
Good luck and enjoy, at least half of the fun is the planning and dreaming of opening weekend.