I tend to follow the "fewer parts" line of reasoning. Winchester made some awesome rifles designed by John Browning. Mr. Browning must have liked parts, though. Marlin accomplished the same desired effect with fewer components. I have owned a few 1894 Winchesters and a few 1893 Marlins. I think the Marlin wins any comparison. The 1892 Winchester standard rifle cost $19.50 in the 1893 catalog. The standard 1894 Marlin cost about the same.