Just wanted to post an update....and so far I couldn't be happier.
I've finally had a chance to shoot it, here are the final specs:
Stevens 200 Action
Shilen 26" barrel
Boyds VT Stock - Full Float, bedded action
Vortex HS-T 6-24x50
Stock Trigger set to 3.5lbs.
I'm still in the load development process, but right now 46.5grs of RL 17 and 154 Grain Hornady SST seems to shoot pretty well. Sub MOA - tonight had a 3 shot group stacked on top of each other right around 3/4" group.
Going to try 47gr, which is at max for the load according to my research.
A new trigger is definitely in the works, as I would rather be in the 2lb range than 3.5...but overall I am very happy with my first build.
Here are a few photos...