Couple of thoughts....
#1= Prairie dogs tend to show up in #s so a guy might be better off with a couple of good guns rather than one great gun?
#2= Anybody sean any factory 223 ammo lately??? Or any other for that matter?
The Rugers I started shooting dogs with are alright but a little fickel with what ammo they like. My best factory 223 is an old Savage single shot J action that was pickt up used for a 1/3 of his budget a couple of years ago. A good addition to the arsenal has been a CZ American in 223. Its a lite little gun that behaves well off the bags and is a joy to carry and shoot off hand, cools off as fast as it heats up and is as accurate as most. They make a heavier barrelled unit that might be a better option??
The new Savages are something to behold but when push comes to shuv its still a $279 Stevens with a different stock, trigger and barrel. Either form works as well as the many combinations in between...gotta like the veriety that Savage offers and easy to change as your needs/wants change!!
If money aint a problem the fine people in Montana still build a nice Cooper dispite what thier founder does with his proceeds!!
Basically its the lottery and the more you play the better your chances of winning