I have experience with varitity of lever guns. my favorite was Winchester model 88.past from my dad in .308 this got my first deer.these were very good guns w/no hammer to cock. came out near 1952.alomg w/.calibers .243,.284,.308,&.358 all winchester's calibers. probably hard to find,but much more modern, flatter hunting rounds.I owned 2 over the years,both .308. a .243 would be great for a young shooter.alswo scope mounting was over center of the barrel that old levers could not do. one more was a Sako Finwolf. that to was in .243,308. no hammer & crossbolt safety was fast to action also. those were hand checkered wood making them valued collecter rifles today!! my Savage .303&.308 were fine also.now my power lever was a .444 Marlin, great for anything that we hunt here! wish I had my dad's model 71 in .348 win.!! would have made it a moose-bear .450!!