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)
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you will take hunting is a good quality pair of optics and they take some care to give you the performance that you want. So here are a few tips.
Use some alcohol and cheese cloth to clean the lenses. I will usually pick up an extra cleaning kit from my optician when I have my eyes examined.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers. If there is a stick or a bug on them blow it off.
Use the lens covers. They are there...