I've heard nothing but good things about The "Savage Edge" it is available in .308 as well as other good varmint cartridges. It comes out of the box at 6.5 lbs, shoots amazingly accurate out of the box and retails for just over $300.
For that price you could easily afford an after market target/varmint stock and decent scope as well.
I recently put together a Remington 700 in .300 Win Mag and after adding a decent stock and scope I was over my fairly generous "one gun" limit. I'd never take it back. . .
, when I go with a short action (soon
), I will
be getting a Savage. There is enough aftermarket options to satisfy most custom desires with out dropping too much out of the account.