You have many choices in buying a lever gun. These little gems spit out everything from little .357 Magnum pistol rounds you won't know you fired to behemoth .45-70s that will rattle your fillings. There's also rifles with longer barrels available in high-power, flat-shooting rifle rounds like .243 and .308. Just think what you will use it for most often and go from there. I myself don't hunt with lever guns, I use bolt actions for that. I only have the levers because they are fun to shoot and to remind myself of how bad I shoot with open sights.