Re: rem 700
Yep, I agree. I have done the same with a .25-06. bought spring kit from midway or somewhere and was able to get the trigger to 2.5# for $15 with freight. that. I have a Bushnell 3200 3.5-10X50 on my 300WM that I have killed deer with at 500ish yards. that scope is less than $200 FROM Natchez right now.
Depending on your dispensable income, if its a back-up I would say $300 would get you in good shape to 500 yards with hand loads. of course, if you are going to bed it, you might want to spend $500 on a scope so it isn't the weak link. so I suppose it depends on how much you want to spend. I would suppose that others might agree (or not), first is trigger upgrade, second is scope, third is bedding or heaver stock, muzzle break might be forth or just a whole new barrel, but of course, now you are talking the money... maybe start out with a budget and work it from there? my $0.02