Hi. The type of match you're interested in, matters. Not all matches allow optics either. Palma, for example, does not. Mind you, Palma matches are normally shot with custom made, heavy barreled, single shot, iron sighted, rifles.
NRA long range matches are different again. Still heavy barrels, but some allow optics. Have a look here. There's something for everybody. http://www.nrahq.org/compete/index.asp
Savage does make match grade rifles that are suitable for both right out of the box. Just remember that the ammo is as important as the rifle. If you're not reloading, you'll have to try a box of as many brands of match grade ammo as you can to find the ammo any rifle shoots best. Factory match grade ammo isn't cheap either. Reloading helps.