For a paper puncher I would get a savage 12 in a long range precision varmint 1/7 and load 80gr Had one for years and love it and very accurate look around you can find them in your price range and mine got even more accurate after bedding it can hold 1.350 groups at 400yds and they are easy to customize if you want to comes with a 6oz. trigger and lots of realoading info and bullets ect.... GOOD LUCK!!!!
I have been looking at the Ruger American in 308. Good reviews and just a plain knock around rifle that you dont worry about getting scratched. $800 would get you the rifle and a good scope. Now if you want fancier, there are a lot of rifles available.
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