Lots of people love their Marlin Model 1894's in .357 Magnum and .45 LC. unfortunately I had very poor results with not just one, but two different Marlin Model 1894's in .44 RemMag. So in spite of glowing reports from firends about their Marlins, mostly .357 Magnums, I can not and will not recommend it.
I have reservations about Henry and their brass frames myself. But again, I've heard good reports about them.
Personally I think the very best pistol caliber lever-action carbine is the Model 1892, whether made by Winchester, Browning, Rossi or by Uberti (marketed under the Cimmarron and Navy Arms banners).
I've owned a Rossi M-92 Saddle Ring Carbine in .357 Magnum for many years. It is my go-to Social Rifle. The .357 Magnum is an awesome man-stopper from a revolver barrel, from a 16" or 20" barrel, producing several hundred more feet per second, it is even more awe inspiring. in addition a lever-action Social Rifle won't scare the sheeple as badly as a tricked out ugly Black Rifle, and it won't make the cops think you are some sort of Rambo-wannabe. IIRC, Colonel Cooper used to refer to pistol caliber lever-action Social Rifles as "Brooklyn Specials' since they were so useful in urban situations and much easier to acquire than handgun permits in some strict gun control cities such as New York.
Properly loaded, a .357 Magnum carbine can come close to surpassing the .30-30 WCF as a deer-slayer. Go to www.leverguns.com and read Paco kelly's article about the .357 Magnum in a carbine. it will really open your eyes to the capabilities of the .357 Magnum carbine.
I also recommend you avoid the Winchester Model 94s' in any pistol caliber. These rifles were designed around full-length rifle cartridges, not short pistol cartridges. Everyone I've known who tried them complained about jams and feeding problems.
One more thing in favor of a model 1892 action from whatever manufacturer. The Model 1892 or 92 action i much stronger and will stand much higher presssures than the Winchester Model 94 actions, or Marlin's Model 1894 or 336 actions. The Model 1892 action is a John Browning design and was nothing less than a Winchester Model 1885 Action scaled down to fit pistol cartridges. A model 92 action will easily digest loads that will give a Winchester 94, or Marlin 1894 or Model 336 chronic indigestion in short order.