As I write this, according to the statistics on the main forums page, the following numbers of people are viewing the rifle and handgun forums:
General Handgun: 88
General Rifle: 299
Bolt, etc.: 6
This suggests to me that the split makes sense for handguns, where large numbers of people seem to be specifically interested in one or the other action type. But in the rifle forums, where almost all the interest seems to be in general topics -- I don't see the point of the division.
And anyway, I liked the old, inclusive forum better. I'm less interested in semi-automatic rifles, so I'm tending to skip over that forum -- but under the old format, I'd sometimes open such a thread and learn something I hadn't known. Now I have to open that forum page and scan a whole separate list, just on the off-chance something might catch my eye...
Put back, say I.
Never let anything mechanical know you're in a hurry.