Leverguns and single shots do it for me. I love my Handis. Got rid of my Ruger #1 after getting my first Handi Rifle several years ago. I've been lucky. Never had one that wouldnt shoot. Altho I have friends that have.
I think their junkers, & I love them. 17 inch 357 max tamer stock 1X4 leupold, is the absolute ultimate treestand rifle. Muzzleloader season you say . Slufoot 45-70 conversion got it covered. possum in the chicken coop. shorty 17 hmr got it. I have more pricey guns, but it seems the handis always gets the nod for hunting.
Now I admit Im in a bit of a lever gun craving lately. But the handis wont be left behind
"An armed society is a polite society."