Re: need help deciding
Everyone to their own opinions. I would go with the Stealth if you can still find one, or the new and improved Stealth ll. Have a bunch of reasons but most of these guys do not care about them because they are card carrying members of the Remington cult. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Shoot a thousand rounds through a Remington 700 VS and a Stealth, you will find some subtle little things about both - I do things like that and will take a 70 anyday. Push feed or CRF, particularly the pushfeed. Accuracy is about equal - sub 0.5" for 5 shots at 100 yards if you get them skim-bedded, triggers tuned and stock bolts torqued evenly. Plus assuming the individual can shoot that well. Have seen more Rem. stinkers than Wins. When you get lucky and get a good Rem. they are very good. Suspect on the average out of the box - the Stealths (12) have outshot the VLS/VS's (8).
They are both great actions and rifles, but... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
One of the best things (in my opinion) is the M-70 trigger when someone who knows what they are doing sets them up. Don't get no simpler, more reliable or nicer to shoot. They are trustworthy - period. Rems can be, if the right guy works them over ( GA Precision for instance, no doubt lots of other good gunmagicians) but they are more complicated and too many springs and little screws that do important things. Will not get into safeties - there just ain't no comparing that.
I have gone through this one before. Have about an equal number of each brand, lots of different models, lots of mileage, enjoy shooting them all.
Bottom line, buy something, don't matter if its a Red Box or a Green Box or a Savage, Sako, Tikka, Ruger, Weatherby, Cooper, Kimber, CZ or whatever - and have fun. Good luck with your decision and your new rifle.