I personally am not a fan of the hogue stocks on the rugers and dont like the the encores, so it would have to be the savage. Now if you were talking about a ruger with a wood stock it would definately be my #1 choice
I would have to go with a savage. I have owned one and loved it. Good price and durable guns. A lot of police and military personel us savages as "sniper rifles" I think thompsons are way over priced and so are the parts and barrels for them! and I think ruger makes a good rifle but i like savage better ( just personal I guess)
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...