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.
This tip is for anyone who does or does not use a rangefinder while bowhunting, here is a simple and easy way to judge the distance to your game. Whether you’re in a tree or on the ground you can use this method at any time. Marking the distance before a hunt from your stand is a helpful way to determine the distance. I use either colored pins and/or hunters tape to mark trees at 20, 30 and 40 yards in 3 different spots around my stand. With those 9 markers I have a good chance that...