Well yesterday i traded my two extra guns for one and some cash. I was at a shop and found a savage model 12bvss in .22-250. It was marked at 450 and i got it for 400. Since i had the trade ins i got the gun and some cash. I put my zeiss 4.5-14X44 on it for now although i like the look of the 4200 tactical. I was planning on a .243 or a .25-06 but couldn't pass this rifle up. Tell me if this will be a good rifle to start with on small game. Also what will be my max effective range on small game like pdogs and ground hogs asuming the rifle is accurate. I am looking forward to shooting the rifle thanks for all the help.