Originally Posted by bassin93
The best is the BAT. I don't have one yet, but have looked at others and handled rifles built on most and nothing comes close. My shooting partner has a bat and it is so smooth and sweet. have a friend that has the MT 1999, just a pre 64 win action, nothing special about it.
BAT is an excellent target action, but often frowned on for hunting because the clearance is so tight that any dirt at all will cause a jam. But, perhaps they make one for hunting. ...not sure.
I don't think you can go wrong with Surgeon either.
Stiller is top shelf as well. They make actions for Les Baer, Gunworks, Shilen, US Govt and others.
Lawton, Kelby, Hall and others are great too if it's within your budget.
My point was simply that a Rem 700 is very good when trued up by a qualified smith. But, when you pay a smith to do everything that's necessary to nearly equal a custom action, you'll often find that the custom action is about the same cost or only a hair more. ...and, has a better resale value.