I am looking to purchase my first rifle. I am trying to kill many birds with 1 stone. I would say that its primary use will be hunting/target shooting. I am looking to keep cost down, so nothing crazy for the first time. I am apt to want to add bells and whistles to it to start or later on. So things like the ability to add a scope and bi-pod at good...although i would say a scoop is a must. I am partial to a detachable magazine, since if there is ever a need, and I hope there isn't I would like to be able to expand my ammo carrying capacity. I have done a bit a research, and I am finding the Savage Arms seems to fit the bill for most things. But I though who better to ask them people that own and have likely fired more of these rifles then I. The only things I have fired are the various military rifles I used to fix while I was in the service, but no one is selling a legal M-249 or M-242. So, in short what I am looking for: Caliber:308 Magazine: detachable if possible Scope: must be able to mount one, but if it comes with a cheap one I wont complain Bi-pod capable: would be nice, but not required Weight: light is good, but I would complain up to say 10lbs, most rifles are much lighter Action: I would prefer bolt for cost reasons, but if someone can give a reason to pick something else I am open to suggestions.