Let’s hit the ground running on this. I posed the question, and I’ll give you the answer: yes, there most distinctly is a place in today’s modern world for the lever-action rifle.
I grew up in a time and place where the levergun was king. It rode in a saddle scabbard, it rode in the pickup, it ruled the deer camp, and in the form of the ubiquitous Winchester Model 92 it also rode the range in the hands of silver screen cowboys, good and bad, for several decades.
The levergun was the Everyman’s Rifle. It had over a century of proven reliability, it did the job if you did yours, ammunition was available at every small-town Mom & Pop store in the state, the action was simple to operate, the rifle (typically a carbine) was trim to carry in hand, on foot, and through the brush, and it was affordable.