For the last three years, I have done most of my hunting East of the Blue Ridge in Va. After years West of the BR, I have had a hard time adjusting to the late season when my neighbors are running dogs. I killed a doe Sat 12/3 - the first day of "dog season" in the county in which I hunt, but I should've had at least 4 (of course, I know 2 is the limit). I can't stand having deer run by without being able to get off a shot with my old faithful .270 w/ scope. I recently learned that Savage makes a 24F-12 w/ .30-30 over 12 gauge that seems like a perfect combination for my new style of hunting. Has anyone ever used one of these guns? Does anyone have a better idea? They are pricey, for sure. I'm nervous about switching over exclusively to buckshot because 100-yd shots are possible in some situations. I'd appreciate any suggestions!