My number one tip is not to spend a billion dollars on your setup until you decide if you really are serious about doing this. This is an expensive hobby. By the time you get your rifle, your scope, your other odds and ends, and all of your reloading equipment you can spend $10,000 if you want top shelf stuff. However, you can buy a Savage 110 Tactical .308 with a 24" barrel and a 20MOA rail for about $650 brand new. You can get a decent scope in the $350 range and keep your whole set up at around $1000 or less if you shop around. This will be a great entry level rig and let you do a whole lot of meaningful shooting. Once you master this weapon and you realize whether or not you love the hobby, you can invest in something more substantial. You will never regret buying a setup like this either, because it will be a great hunting rig and will be easy to sell if the urge ever strikes you.