Originally Posted by gqucool
Thanks msp3903 I much appreciate your knowledge. I had 2-3 Remington Model 700's years ago. I have heard that Remington has gone through problems especially with trigger recall's. I have never had any issues with any triggers with my older Remington 700's I had a ADL & a BDL Model. Actually had the ADL longer and killed alot of deer with that rifle. My problem is I do not like plastic's in any of the action parts etc. It seems a decent rifle with a wood stock is a thing of the past. All you see on the shelves are composite stocked rifle's they are ok for a knock around rifle but I still prefer wood stock. I am not in any hurry time to look I will still prowl around for a decent used rifle as well. Being on a fixed income does limit to what I person can afford as well.
The 700 Remington is still the same as it has been since the 60s, which is one of the best bolt guns you can buy. The action has not be compromised and there is no plastic. The difference is in the finish and stocks. The SPS I reference here, does have a synthetic stock, which I don't like either.......BUT.... good rifle, with nice wood stock for cheap are 3 things that are not going to fit together in a new rifle. Fine finish and nice wood, raises the price dramatically. While I don't care for synthetic stocks, or even composite, I can live with laminate, because they LOOK like nice wood and are actually more durable. So along that line, you could still buy the Remington, then at some point later put a nicer stock on it when funds allowed. Used is always an option, but at least around here, you won't find nice wood stocked 700s in the used rack for as cheap as this new SPS is, unless it is an absolute beater. And that used gun may have lots of rounds through it. The best wood stocked, used rifles that I see in racks around here, for good prices, would be Savages. Not Axis either. I have seen some really clean wood stocked 110s and the like around here very reasonable. That changes if you are looking for a heavy barrel rifle. You didn't really specify, but if I was looking for a 223 bolt gun, it would be a heavy barrel. And again, the SPS Varmint IS a heavy barrel.
It may seem like I am really trying to push you on the Remington, but that's not really the case. It's simply by FAR the best rifle for that type money and the features it has. Lets look at why. The Ruger American is a cheaper action than the historic 77 in a cheap plastic, flimsy stock. The Axis is a cheaper action than the proven 110 type action, in a cheap plastic, flimsy stock. The SPS Varmint is the tried and true 700 action, has a heavy barrel, in a cheaper but not junk synthetic varmint style stock.