Having a number of Savages and custom rifles, none are smoother or more well made than my old Tikka 300WM Whitetail Hunter. No need to true or get a new trigger (crisp and adjustable), and the factory stock is fine for hunting (not the tupperware crap you see a lot of these days). A friend of mine has a Rem mil spec 308 that shoots well, but than a well known gunsmith I know says the extraction timing is nearly always screwed up on current actions. Savages shoot well, but usually require a bit of polishing to achieve a smooth operating action; not unusual for extraction problems too. I hear the current T3 is not quite as nice overall as my older generation model, but I have not seen one personally. Tikka or Howa would be my choice for a factory hunting rifle these days.