To my mind there is no more perfect all-around rifle -- for me -- than a good lever-action.
While I do have a serious love for double rifles -- I am a child of Africa, after all -- a lever-action 7.62X51R* is my go-to rifle.
A lever-action rifle is light enough to carry comfortably on long walks, they tend to balance nicely, and a second shot is as simple as dropping your hand and lifting it up again.
I'm also a fan of an exposed hammer. To me, lowering the hammer to half-cock feels safer than actuating a safety tab. And it is second-nature to thumb the hammer back as the rifle is coming to my shoulder.
While I realize that the classic chamberings in lever-action rifles aren't exactly long-range death rays, when I'm hunting I don't take shots at game past 200 yards. If I can't stalk inside of 200 yards of whatever I'm after, then I don't need to be hunting it.
The .30-30, the .32 Winchester, .35 Remington -- all of these are capable of doing the needful cleanly within 200 yards if the hunter does his job.
However, today I have discovered that my love for the lever-action rifle has its' limits.
Gentle Readers, I give you the Mossberg 464. Just looking at pictures, it looks like Mossberg snagged hold of the venerable Winchester 94 action and then ...
... committed one grievous sin against taste and The Nature Of Things:
I am gobsmacked, I am.
*Also known as the .30 WCF or .30-30