This year I took a monster buck with my 223 howa. Biggest deer ive ever harvested and probably will harvest for some time. I also took a doe with my Rossi 357 lever action rifle. Now, to most people, the buck would have been the highlight of the season, but not for me. The doe with the lever gun is what I think about when I think about the season. I have a new love affair with leverguns and have been reading up on them all week. I need another one and I think I want it to be used for hogs. I want to keep the scout scope concept, really like it a lot. I want a shorter gun, 16inches I think. I want it to be pretty much a hog gun, as we are getting overran with them in my home county. I think my best choice for shots out to 150 yards would be a 30/30. As I've been a bolt gun guy for many years, is there a better 30/30 out there? I was thinking about chopping a marlin down, recrowning and drill and tapping for a scout scope. What about the winchester ranger? Any ideas for a decent cheap 30/30 levergun out there the cheap to be a candidate for a chop job?