RJ, lots of good advice so far. I pretty much did this same project last year on a 700 action. I went with a Broughton 4.1 contour, 11 twist, 25" with the 5-C rifling and couldn't be happier. Weight was a big factor with this one. The gun alone, with a McMillan Edge Rem Sporter stock comes in just under 7 lbs if I remember correctly. The Talley ring/bases and VX-3 4.5x14x40 BC doesn't add too much weight either. 25" bbl was sort of a compromise for me so I could keep weight low and still maintain decent velocity, and I think having the 5-C bbl helps. I shoot 180 AB's at 3040 fps with H-1000 and accuracy is unbelievable. I had it built with a muzzle brake
but never really use it. As far as picking a smith, I would just say phone and talk to a bunch of them to get a feel for them and see if they understand what you want in a rifle. Don't be afraid to send it off if you need to. I also went with Kevin at Montour and he really did an outstanding job. Hope this helps.