It's been my opinion for some time now that a lever 30 30 is the ideal all around rifle. This is primarily because I'm not in to ARs or other military style rifles. Just personal preference. The 30 30 will serve as a good defense round and will kill deer sized game out to 100 yards without any trouble at all. I have 2 model 94s that are both adequately accurate to hunt with and i am particular about my hunting accuracy. They have Lots of firepower and are easy to tote around. The 30 30 is also very easy to reload and is easy on the shoulder. I'm a fan.