Re: Savage .308
I am assuming you do not reload. If you reload things are very different in cartridge selection.
would highly recommend the the savage. They are all I use anymore.
For a short action target or light duty (dear or smaller) hunting rifle :Allot of love for the 308 all over but I would recommend a 6.5 of some sorts (probably a creedmore) due to factory ammo and superior ballistics compared to a 308. Folks will say the 308 is a good learning tool because ballistically it sucks at 1000 compared to so many others. I disagree and recommend something more forgiving.
If you plan on hard targets at 1000 like Elk or bear I would suggest a magnum but depending on the shooter it may or may not be too much for a beginner and will cost more initially to learn with but less in the end, when you consider a learning rifle followed by a real long range rifle.
Generally the smaller more efficient cartridge is ideal to learn on But not usually the best 1k cartridge unless your not shooting hard targets. No matter what you chose get a GOOD scope, the forums are full of info on good scopes. The scope is the single most important part of a long range gun.
Do not get sucked into magical bull crap, Shooting at 1k is exactly like shooting at 100 once you understand the science and the compounding effects of your skills, equipment and environment.
More info could help someone help you, Things like:
What are you planning to someday do at 1k? Targets primarily or hunting primarily? Coyotes or moose? How much other rifle shooting have you done? Do you know how heavy you want this rifle to be? Do you reload? Do you plan to reload? How much can you spend on your scope and range-finder? Are you informed enough yet to realize the need to address all these in the planning stages?