Not true, there are several rifles (leverguns) that will turn in groups as good as a boltgun. The problem is threefold though as far as getting them to shoot well. The first handicap was the lousy ammo everybody assumes it's a brush gun 300 yards max range. If it shot 3" inches a 100 yards big deal. But with time thing progress and the bulliets got better and better as the hunters demanded such accuracy.It's about the same out to 150ish yards, but being that levers require a different type of bullets, soft nose, they don't generally have the ability to reach out as far as bolts. Leverevolution ammo is trying to change that, but I don't have any personal experience with it.
Levers kick bolts butt when it comes to speed most of the time, or light weight for that matter.
Well one can can look at the cartridges (for a bolt usually more powerful in general) , the design (more rugged and stronger) and the magazine (able to handle spitzer bulliets). Thus the reason the military accepted the bolt over levergun was easy not to mention hunters in general. There more rifles based on the mauser bolt action than any other type, thus more gunsmiths specialize in there customization and repair.Hmm, maybe I should have elaborated...I know they can be wicked accurate because people n my family have taken deer easily out to 300 yards, but I guess I always think of a bolt gun as a super long range weapon.
The Remington 740 / 7400 is not known for reliability, or accuracy for that matter. I am not sure if the 760 / 7600 pumps are any better. I would not trust them for defense though. They also are not made to withstand the high temperatures that come from sustained fire.you forgot pumps. specificaly the remingtom 7600/7400 series. has the reliability and simplicity of a lever gun but without removing your finger from cover/fire position.
(7400 is simi-auto)