Re: new guy needs help
Suggest that you consider the Winchester M-70 Stealth in .308 also. Recently revised to the Stealth ll but no doubt some original Stealths on the shelves. They are amazing rifles out of the box. The new Stealth ll is very nice, about like a VS only some better features. Have seen some brand new Stealths consistently shooting sub 1/2 minute, that is nice accuracy for a factory barrel. Rem. VS and VLS are also excellent shooters after a bit of work.
Nothing wrong with Savage for accuracy, but they are Savages... Check out the Tactical model with the McMillan A-3 stock, very nice rig.