I'll keep it short and sweet. I like two different rifles but they both aren't "perfect." So the question is, should I just start from scratch and build the rifle I want, or buy the closest thing to it and just mod it.
For instance, I have narrowed down my choices to either the Savage 111 Long Range Hunter 300WM, or the Remington Sendero SF II 300WM.
Here's the pros and cons of the rifles
PROS: Accustock & Accutrigger, Muzzle Brake, Adjustable Cheekpiece, only $800
CONS: The Accustock is still flexible at the fore end and the barrel is too narrow for my taste
PROS: HS Precision stock is comfortable and ridgid, heavy-fluted barrel, X-Mark Pro trigger
CONS: No Muzzle Brake, high cost $1,150
I can pick up a Stevens LA 300WM for about $299, use the action and swap out everything else for about $600. I'd have the rifle I want (minus a muzzle brake), for about $900. Or, I can pick up the Sendero, and just add a muzzle brake and have no headache.
The truth is, I'm leaning towards the Savage 111 if it's getting good reviews. Despite the barrel and stock issues I have, I could always shoot it out, then swap out the parts I don't like down the road and still be plenty fine. But with the Sendero, I wouldn't have to change anything, except add a muzzle brake when budget allotted for it.
What are all your thoughts??????