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amaff68
04-13-2011, 10:18 PM
I am looking at two options for my first hunting rifle, both in .308:
A lightly used (maybe 5-10 years old) Ruger Mark II for $525 or a new Savage model 11 FNS for $600.
I would like to keep the total with an entry level 3x9 scope around $850 out the door.
Thoughts and advice?

pyro3k2
04-13-2011, 10:20 PM
whats the round count and the condition of the Ruger?

amaff68
04-13-2011, 10:22 PM
It is in good condition. Very little wear on the wood. Don't know the round count.

sk8804
04-13-2011, 10:26 PM
Go savage. I have shot many out of the box savages and with no mods they will put others to shame, if the shooter does his part. I had a rem. 700 and while they are good guns they did not even compare to my savages. And i did not mean for that comment to start a rem.700 war.

bruce_ventura
04-14-2011, 12:53 AM
Yea, but the Ruger has controlled round feed. For a big game hunting rifle, do you really need the better dispersion of a Savage? I would be inclined toward the Ruger.

Rob454
04-14-2011, 4:44 AM
Savage. You always have the option of re barreling for a different caliber if you decide to.
besides the Ruger 10-22 I never cared for ruger rifles.

smittty
04-14-2011, 8:43 PM
I am looking at two options for my first hunting rifle, both in .308:
A lightly used (maybe 5-10 years old) Ruger Mark II for $525 or a new Savage model 11 FNS for $600.
I would like to keep the total with an entry level 3x9 scope around $850 out the door.
Thoughts and advice?

Both are perfectly decent hunting rifles. The biggest difference is the location and operation of the safety.

Savage has the best safety on a bolt action rifle, period! It's located at the tang for you thumb to push off and it can be done as quietly as you can manage. The Ruger has a mauser type safety that isn't as natural to use but a lot of guys get used to it.

My preference would be the Savage.