30-30 lever actions actually make a very nice "politically correct assault rifle." It can go places without comment that you couldn't take a "battle rifle" without hassles or worse, yet it can do a very nice job of defending your homestead or camping site. It takes a little practice, but it cas throw out a lot of lead in the AK-47 ballistics league.
Indeed, the very reason why I have a collection of lever guns.
Mine are blued clones of the Winchester 1892 in .45LC. Light easy handling and fine shooters. Available in .38/.357 mag, .44 mag and .454 Casull at very reasonable prices http://www.legacysports.com/product/index.htm
For a longer reach, a Marlin 1985 Cowboy in the venerable but still effective and versatile .45-70 gov. Sweeeeet!
And, of course, the Marlin 336 available in a variey of finish and reasonable prices. Mine is a vintage 1954 with a ladder tang sight in .30-30 just waiting for the new Hornady 'LeveRevolution' polymer tipped rounds for longer flatter trajectory.
Early American Homeland Defense Rifles
The 94's are great for a truck gun: light, accurate, non scary looking, quick follow up shots.
Marlin and Savage make a slightly better lever rifle IMO. If I need to just head out quick on my family's land I just grab my Marlin in .444 and I am good for any preadator that may be a problem 2 leg or 4 leg
For SHTF having a lever action and revolver in .357 or .44 would be ideal