Why Marlin? Ruger American is a nice, accurate rifle that comes in a compact version mroe suited for a short frame, as does T/C's Venture Compact, or even a good old Remington Model7 in a 7mm-08 that will do everything you need. Marlin does make a good rifle, as does Savage and all of the above, but your original post doesn't explain just why you are limiting your search to Marlin.
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