Hello everyone, this is my first post. I have always been a big game hunter, killed lots of deer and couple Elk and bear. You guys have me REAL interested in Predator/Varmit hunting, and would like to know what you guys think of my selection for my budget setup. I'm thinking of buying the Savage 12FV but don't know if I should go Stainless Steel or Blue. I can't make up my mind on 22-250 or .223, 22-250 I hear wears down a barrel fast. I would like to know how many shots before this happens. The only thing I like about the .223 is the ammo is affordable, but I will pay more for extra performance of the 22-250 if the barrel lasts. The Scope will be a Nikon but would like to know the major difference between the Buckmaster and the Monarch. Any advice is appreciated, thanks in advance.