This is one of those issues that are so easy to understand, that you have to shake your damn head when others don't seem to get it. It's the tale of Morton Grove, versus Kennesaw, and the numbers don't lie.
Over the years, I have bought and sold or traded a number of different kinds of firearms, including revolvers and semiautomatic handguns; over and under, pump action, and semiautomatic shotguns; and bolt action, semiautomatic, and single-shot rifles. Calibers have included .22 Long Rifle, .380 ACP, .38 Special, 9x19mm, .357 Magnum, .45 ACP, .44 Magnum, .223 Remington/5.56 NATO, .300 Blackout, .30 Carbine, 7.62x39mm, 7.62x54R, .308 Winchester/7.62 NATO, 20 Gauge, and 12 Gauge. But until fairly recently in my personal gun-owning history, I had never owned a lever action rifle, chambered in a classic lever action caliber.