Hello Riflemen-This question has to do with keeping the rifle on target or getting back on target the fastest I beleive. With recoiling bolt action rifles I think I can control and get back on target faster than the lever gun because I have both hands pulling back to the target as I am working the bolt. Providing the recoil is such that I can keep the rifle shouldered after the shot. The same thing happens with me with auto shotguns and the pumps. I can shoot faster with the auto but I get a faster accurate second or third shot off with the pump.
I can shoot the 22 & 22 mag. levers faster than the equivilant bolt actions because there is no recoil and working a lever has less steps than a bolt action. there it is. My story and I'm sticking with it. BestLever