My experience confirms Centurian's post about Big Green's quality dropping. Last year I had to send a brand new Model Seven back to the factory for head space issues. I then had to contact the factory three times because my brand new 597 1. threw an extractor spring on the third round, 2. had a front sight that was 10 degrees off center so the rifle could not be zeroed, and 3. the scope dovetails on the receiver were also off center so after market sights could not be centered.
I recommend you look at offerings from Savage (everyone here praises their accuracy), TC (I think the recall is cleared up) or Weatherby (I love my $425 Vanguard S2 in.308). You may also want to look at a used Remington from before the Freedom Group bought them). I used to love my 1997 700 ADL in 30-06, and rue the day when I traded it toward the 2011 Model Seven.