Okay, I'm planning on building my own scout rifle since the savage scout is on indefinite backorder. I am going to build a lever action with forward mount pistol scope (have to get a gunsmith to mount this for me)/ghost ring and front post as backup. I love levers for their speed and light weight. I'm thinking this will make a great hunting, truck, defense, etc. gun. As I live in florida, most shots will be within 100 yards. So, there are a few items to iron out before going out and picking one up. 1. What caliber: I was thinking 30-30 as it is a nice do anything round. But, I'm also thinking 44 mag. Why 44? Well, from what I understand I could shoot the same ammo in a 44 revolver, thus combining my weapons systems somewhat. A 44 revolver would be fine for hunting or home defense also. I plan to reload, so pretty much everything would be the same except for overall length. 2. Brand of rifle. Obviously if I choose to go with a 44, this is limits the number of makes chambered in this round. 3. Buy it from a big box store? I understand the stocks can be cheaper with the big box stores, but with a lever action I'm not sure if this matters? I've seen 30-30's at Gander for 300 bucks. thoughts?