You should have checked Walmart 2 weeks ago. Every store that had a Marlin 1895 was selling them for $300 and then there's a $50 rebate. I've held the Marlin and the Henry side by side many times and was planning on buying a Henry. The Henry appeared be have better craftsmanship. Walmart changed that, I couldn't pass one up at that price. Its at a gunsmith currently getting chopped to 16 1/2".
I just picked up a 45-70 Henry with the case hardened receiver and heavy octagon barrel. It will put 300gr. Win JHP into one large hole at 100 yds. A bit heavy and a little too pretty but it is a shooter. Got it for the same reason as you.