Re: Which model in a .308
FYI I just recently bought a Tikka Varmint Stainless in .308 used for $500 U.S. shipped ($797 U.S. MSRP). The FFL dealer I had it shipped to let go of his only Leupold VX-III 4.5-14x40 for $300 more if I got the rings from him (The Optilock screws were rounded out -- POS!). The stock is light which makes it seem rather unbalanced in my opinion, but at about 8lbs it's not that heavy. Add in the scope and rings and it's right at 9lbs, not light but not heavy.
Don't know if this helps or not, but just thought I'd share.