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)
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...