I got an email saying that I needed to participate more, so I pose this question that I am currently pondering. I have $500-600 to spend on a Christmas present to myself.
1. Buy a Savage FV-SR. I have always wanted a short rimfire that would take a suppressor if I get one, and with a EVO SS stock, and bottom metal, will come out to about $450-500. Scope is already laying around. I have a few 10/22s, but only a "benchrest" MK2, and 2 other Savage Mk2 in 17hm2, so the magazines are not an issue. I priced out bolt handle, barrel cut and thread, and I can sell or partout and come out ahead.
2. I don't currently have a "deer rifle". I sold a 20" 7.62x39 upper because it was too long for stand hunting, and for walking. I have been looking at used uppers, but they are few and far between, and can't beat a SOTA Arms upper
in price or features. The bolt issues that flared up seem to have been taken care of. If not, they will send another or a refund. Without that even, the bolt is $100, and comes out cheaper than buying a Model 1 Sales, Delton etc. Upper is $400-510, and mags are $60ish from MidwayUSA, and I already have a leftover 10 rd from the last sale.
3. I don't need it, but want a bullpup 10/22. RJF ZK-22 or a HTA 90/22 bullpup ($300)stock, plus barrel ($80-infinity), and trigger work ($70-140). I would honestly like to see an AUG or Tavor, but i dont' know if it will ever happen. I don't like the look of the JBunting bullpup.