Re: .308 Savage or Remington?
Well I've bought 5 new Marlins in the past few years and I'm happy with them. Some are better than others of course. Some are exceptionally good in fact. None are what I would call bad although I do need to send one to the factory because of light strikes.
Remington is another story. So are Marlin centerfires. All my Marlins have been rimfires.
I'd have had to think long and hard about which to get (Remington or Savage) a few years ago. I nearly bought a Remington Sendero (which is a long range 700 that has been around a long time) but then I saw what Savage was doing in F Class and F/TR competitions. They have been winning using factory rifles shooting against custom rifles. And those competitions include rounds where they shoot 1000 yards. I figured any off the rack rifle that could win a competition like that (they won several world championships) must be good. So I bought a 12 LRPV in .223. It's a varmint rifle but I basically use it for long range plinking. And it shoots like a dream. I can't believe how well it shoots.
The last trip I took to the gun club I was shooting on the 400 yard range. Someone had left a Shoot N See target there. Actually they left several but one wasn't shot up. I shot at that target 3 times and put 2 rounds dead center in the bullseye and the other missed a whole inch. That's not typical but 2" groups are typical. At 400 yards with a bone stock rifle. It's about their best bone stock rifle but still it's bone stock.
Remington has been making great rifles for a very long time. You can probably find a very good one around. I actually bought my Savage used but only barely used. I'm talking less than 10 rounds through it. Someone just didn't spend the time to break it in and they probably didn't like the weight of the thing (it's no hunting rifle) so they sold it and I bought it. They sold it through a LGS and they actually told the shop owner it didn't shoot that well. Supposedly the guy that owned it was an experienced shooter too. When I told the shop owner what that gun will do his jaw hit the floor. He knew he sold me a great rifle at a great price (if you can call $1000 a great price). That price was about $200 off the normal retail for a new one.
All I can say is if Remington can build one better I will be very impressed. I don't know if I just got the one really good one or not but I've heard other people say their Savages work really well too. I know every Savage I own works well.