Critter or Western (or anyone else), if you know of someplace that has one, please, please let me know so I can contact them! Not being snarky, I'm dead serious. Gunbroker doesn't have any, Buds doesn't have any. I've spend hours upon hours searching and no one I've found online has this gun.
I have also contacted close to 100 gun shops in WI and MN looking for this rifle. It is not available. No one carries them as a stock item, only by order, and the distrbutors are unable to get them from Ruger. I've only been able to find a couple of .223 and the Magnum series (which is not shorter LOP and I don't want the .300 or .338 RCM anyway). Ruger is just starting to take orders again after taking no new orders for several months due to backlog of orders. No one can give me any assurance that I would be able to get this gun before bear season opens, which is September 5! I had not imagined it would be this difficult to find the rifle I wanted.
Gun dealer I was working with told me he could have it in a couple days. I asked him to double check that, as I had read that Ruger was way behind on getting guns out. He checked and he is unable to get this gun from any of his distributors. I don't know how many are out there, but I've asked most places to check for me, and no one can come up with this gun.
As for reasonable price, most places have given me a quote of around $670. So as for reasonable, if someone had a used one, I'm not about to pay $900 for a used gun that is retailing for $670 on average (I've found one used, and they that's what they wanted). I would not expect to pay more than new retail for a used gun. For that money, I'd custom order my second choice, the Lady Hunter special ordered with stainless barrel (quoted $850, and they're a little higher overall, and haven't heard back from the other dealer that's supposed to be getting price and lead time), but I'm still hoping to find the Ruger.