Just got around to closing the loop on this one for the HMR. Cabelas had the Nikon Prostaff onsale for 159 and change. WIth points and a great shipping promo I got a 4-12 x 40 for very little out of pocket dinero. Yay me.
The Savage will soon be wearing some Japanese glass. Gotta go look for some rings as the bell is close to a 50... I usually go with Warne but dunno how high I'll have to go or what to get yet. Ugh.
In the interim, I managed to get another HMR, a Brazilian Mossberg... More likely than not I'll just go to Wally World and pick up a relatively inexpensive Tasco or Bushnell for it. It's not a pricey gun that demands a Leopold so maybe I should go big, cheap and gaudy to impress the locals.
All this for a bowl of borscht.