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.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...