you may look into the Remington Model 7. I've had 3 of them over the yrs. (223,7mm08, and 308). Very lightweight, reliable, accurate little rifles from my dealings with them, and would make a decent rifle for someone who's trudging thru the hills on a hunt.
as for glass, I'd look into Burris or Leupold. Both make ligthweight/compact scopes that are reliable and have decent light gathering ability. I've had good results from both.
Cant help you much in regards to a 7-08 lever gun. I've not seen one, much less shot one.....not in this caliber at least.