M1a unless it's out of your price range.
That's a thought, but I'd like to be able to hunt with it....
Savage 10FCM is also an option, since the Ruger scout is discontinued.
That's the first I've heard of this. What happened? It's still on their site: http://www.ruger.com/products/gunsiteSc ... odels.html
Primarily pig-hunting? Really comes down to preference. With modern bullet tech, 30-30 is no longer a sub 150yd cartridge.
Also, the lever action excels in close to medium range engagements.
Even with the new Lever-evolution ammo 30-30 is not going to get the same maximum point blank range as decent 308. It also has the advantage of both cheap surplus and (expensive) super accurate match ammo available from the factory. A lever action might be a little faster for close to medium range engagements, but to say it "excels" is probably a bit of an overstatement. That's the territory of the assault rifle, and will remain so for some time to come I expect.
What about a Steyr Scout rifle? I have read some pretty good things about them, although never had a hands on.
More expensive, weird bipod thingy, gimmickey back up sights. Well made rifle by most counts though. I don't see a point (IMO, for those counting) of a mag fed scout though (applies to the Ruger and Savage too. With modern optics design, both red dot and low powered variables, you can get a great scope right over the action. It's easier and faster to top load without the scope over the hole though.
I say go with the Ruger GSR and the XS full length rail. Then put something like a 1-4x or 1.5-5x scope on it. Illumination if you like such things and the reticle of your choice. Get a bunch of extra mags and some pouches for them. That's what I'd do if I didn't already have the Ruger Frontier. I've considered upgrading, but I'm not sure yet.
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