Fairly new to the game. I have a savage 10 action and a B&C stock and all I need is to decide on a barrel. This is a range gun but I have been back and forth. f-tr or open. Currently I live in the desert where there is almost always wind and the mirages are wicked. I don't know if a 308 will make me a better shooter or will it be discouraging? Ranges out to 1000 and maybe more. I currently have a 280 but its not a full on range gun (24" light varmint barrel) total weight less than ~9lbs. Plus I think I'm destroying my barrel shooting those long strings.