Long story short: I have a $500 gift card to bass pro shop. I can throw another 300 or so down on top of that towards a new rifle. I am lacking a varmint / small predator gun and I have an interest in getting a large 338 as well. I am limited to factory rifles as it has to come from Bass. One more monkey wrench in the gears: I'm a lefty. I'm looking at a savage 16 weather warrior in 22-250 or a Thompson Encore in the same. Seems like getting the Encore may be difficult. The savage is a 1 in 12, where is that in the scheme of things for this caliber? Nothing in any 338 sparked my interest in a factory LH rifle. Other suggestions?