Welcome to the forum..alot of great guys here with alot of great knowledge. Congrats opn getting into hunting and for getting a new gun. .308 great all around gun...I am a fan of large calibers....I guess that's why I like to shoot my .338 Win Mag for everything.!
A match gun usually makes a very poor general purpose hunting rifle. Stick with something a little more versatile to hunt with. .308 is great, but go with a standard or lightweight barrel, not a heavy varmint or target barrel. Barrel weight has nothing to do with inherent accuracy and cold bore consistency. If you're buying a factory heavy barrel, it's still going to be crappy compared to a hand lapped Lilja or Bartlein.
Anyway, go get a Winchester M70 Extreme Weather or Ultimate Shadow Stainless or Remington 700 Mountain Rifle, or SPS Stainless or XCR, T/C Icon or Savage 16 or something along those lines for a hunting rifle.
For a target rifle, it looks like Savage makes some pretty solid guns right out of the box, but I dang sure wouldn't want to hunt with one of those beasts.
I agree with Ex. You need to decide on just what you want to do. Hunt or target shoot. It is bad enough after a day of packing a 12 lb rifle up and down the hills but when you add a couple of more pounds it will get unbearable. Also just how serious are you planning on getting with both sports. This will decide on just what you spend and if it is target shooting then the sky is the limit if you really want to get good at it.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...