Maybe I missed it but do you want to be competitive or just practice. Either way, 6 br , 6 bra, 6 dasher, 243 long throat and a fast twist is a good choice especially if wind is a factor . The extra velocity helps
Disagree, my prairie dog loads cost less than $10 per box. Accuracy is my goal, but factory loads are far better than they were once
I load about 1500 to 2k pd loads per year . .my average pd load cost about. 40 per round.
I've had bigger issues with my Remington's than my Savage's. So I think they are on par, used to replace extractor's regularly in my Remington's as well as stuck cases. Finally installed Sako extractor's which solves the problem.