I snagged a box of the Hornady Lever Evolutions plastic tip in .30 30. My Winni apparently dont have the metal magazine follower it takes to make the last round feed. Would cycle fine till the last round in the magazine. Might check that is anybody wants to snag some. The ballistics looks good but not a whole lot more impressive than 150 Grain Super X's and they feed without changing things up.I went for a Winchester 94 Trapper in 357/38 as a companion piece for my Ruger Security-6 357mag. I have really enjoyed it and have no regrets. I like lever actions a lot and have a Marlin in 30-30, an older hammerless Winchester 22LR, a Henery 22LR with a big loop, and a Savage 99F in 300 Savage. Actions are good to carry, plenty of power for nearly anything in Eastern North America. Where I live we don't have bears, moose, or elk so even the 357 mag is big enough for our little whitetail deer. I dropped a buck a few years ago with a 357 Blackhawk single-action revolver so I know that the carbine will do the job for brush hunting with shots no longer than 150 yards. Hornady even makes a plastic pointed 357 specifically for hunting use in a lever-action Rifle. The 30-30 has killed more deer in the US than any other round.
I like that lever-action ammo is rimmed. For survival, purposes rimmed ammo is easier to reload with the Leeloader. I have three presses but I can't see carrying one very far. A pound of Unique powder, a few hundred assorted primers, a hundred bullets for each caliber with Leeloaders and a couple of bullet molds is manageable. For its portability I like it and for loading a box of ammo it is easy.
While a lever-action is not an AK in the 7.62x39 (I'm not a fan of the 5.56) but it is a great fast action rifle that offers little in the way of problems and is as portable as an AR.