Im new to LRH and have a few questions. 1st. Is the 308 capable of reaching deer and smaller animals at a half mile? If not, what caliber should i look at? I want a caliber that isnt a barrel burner and ammo that is cheap and plentiful to shoot. 2nd. Barrel options. Should i stick with the stock stainless steel barrel? Or should i upgrade to a thick varmint barrel? And, muzzle brakes? My gun of choice will be a Savage in left hand. Since i am new to this sport i want a gun that is cheap to purchase and cheap to shoot until i feel comfortable enough to upgrade.