Well, I've got a need/want for a 308 rifle since I've never owned one. I live in Tennessee and hunt here and in Kentucky where shots will be no farther than 300-400 yards on a very rare occasion. Most shots will be 100 or under. This will be my go to whitetail rifle and hunting is from stands. I don't shoot competitive.
I was looking at rifles and two really caught my eye but they are two different beasts. The Remington 700 Milspec 5R and the Thompson Center Icon Weathershield. The Rem has a $1000 tag and the TC has a $650 tag. I think both will be fine for stand hunting but I'm having a hard time talking myself into spending the extra money for the 5R. I like the idea of the heavy barrel and that not too many of them are made but.......
I have a new Monarch 3.5x10x42 BDC to go on which ever one I end up with. What do you think??
If 400 is your max shot and you mostly treestand hunt I would definitely get a 20" barrel. I would look at the Savage 10 pc or a Remington 700 AAC. I would lean toward the savage because it comes with the trigger adjustable down to 1.5 lbs.