Theres 2 completely diferent scenarios and applications for a rifle, for ground hogs in fields a bolt action hands down, but for deer hunting i run 2 diferent rifles a bolt action for when i'm going to whatch fields or cuts or hunting in marshes, but if i'm in the thick stuff and swamps still hunting i love a light wieght lever action but mostly its a personal preference thing. If you want the best of both worlds consider a BLR or Savage 99 they have the handling of a lever action but are often capable of matching a bolt action in the AVERAGE shooters hands for accuracy in hunting conditions.
For biggame I think it boils down to what you shoot best and what feels more comfortable to you. After all, for deer you should only be making one shot anyway. Varmits or prarie dogs are different, but again, it comes down to what you personally prefer.
I once read a book on deer hunting where the author prefered and was advocating the use of pump action rifles. His logic was that you can make a faster follow up shot without taking your cheek off of the comb. Again I think it comes down to what you as an individual prefer.
You must keep in mind that from the late 1800's until the end of prohibition that most hunters were using leaver action rifles. This is why the Savage 99 is still held dear to many hunters hearts. It really was not until after the first world war that the bold-action rifle only started to be adopted slowly by hunters.
January: Last years Season has ended.Time to start focusing on next year's season. You will need to find out what bucks might still be alive that made it through the last years hunting season. After the hunting season sometimes bucks and does might leave your area and go to another traditional winter yarding area. But they will return to the area around late February early march to spend the rest of their summer there. At this time of year, the use of scouting cameras will be the tool in...