I've been looking for something of a hybrid between a stalker and an occasional medium/long range target rifle after spending an all too brief day at Bisley in November. I'd like something moderated in 0.308 in which I can have complete confidence (sub 1/2 MOA assuming consistent ammo, etc, etc.) for five rounds in swift succession out to at least 600m but that isn't too GI Joe to pull out on the hill. I love Sakos as out of the box rifles and would be very happy with a varmint or similar. I am happy to lug a bit of extra weight within reason but would also love a wooden stock. This might be the rub as I'll be using a bipod for most shots! From those with experience, what I would really like to know is would a Sako Varmint do the job or do I need to think about something a bit more specialised? How much does blueprinting really help? Does anyone know of any wooden stocked wolves in sheep's clothing that could be a good platform on which to base a custom long range rifle?
While we're on it, any advice on a lightweight, cleanable mod that can cope with a bit of rapid fire? I've been very careful with my A-Tec Maxim to date as I hear that you can get baffle burn very easily.
Any advice much appreciated as always!
All the best,