Thanks for your comments. I appreciate the personal thoughts.
Yes, I have been looking at all of this for more than a year, and haven't settled on anything yet.
The .30-30 vs. Swede is an interesting conundrum I haven't yet solved. What changed everthing is that Pri is now selling the Swede ammo for fairly cheap in a good bullet weight and at a higher velocity than one would expect. As a performance round, it is much cheaper than say the .30-30 Leverevolution rounds. If I got a Swede rifle, I guess I would do what my wife use to do. Just bite the bullet and buy 20 boxes of factory ammo. It would easily last me for 5 years.
My very main concern is this: I am way beyond the time when I want to buy a new rifle and have it turn out to be a "project", requiring lots more time, effort and money to get it to shoot well. I also like genuine walnut. So, these factors rule out a Handi for me, and the concern over getting a rifle that shoots great out of he box also makes me somewhat leary of the Ruger No. 1 (thought it is beautiful). I could just see myself paying $1,000 for a Ruger No. 1, and then having to pay to install the forend hanger pressure screw, and then having to rebed the forestock, etc.
A friend of mine has an 1885 Winchester, made in the 1890s, that he shoots cowboy loads in from the bench. I think its a .38-40. (Could be a .32-20). Anyway, I asked why he doesn't get one to deer hunt with. His answer is, that the gun is too darned heavy and too darned inconvenient to carry, so he would never use one in the field.
There is a gunshop about 50 miles away from me, that has one of the Winchester 1885s in stock, in the Swede. I guess I ought to drive down there, and handle the rifle. That alone may rule out the 1885 for me.
Thanks again for your continued advice.
Best Regards, Mannyrock