Re: Help me decide what to do--rifle was stolen now to replace.
I built a full custom f class rifle for only $200-300 more than your budget. I would look into a custom action (stiller, BAT, surgeon, lawton). If you ever have to sell the rifle, the action will be worth a lot more than a trued remington. I would think you could spend $1600 on an action, jewell, and regular bottom metal. $400-500 on a barrel and chamber job. A mcmillan with the works shouldn't set up back more than $800-900 with the action bedded properly. A detachable box will add a lot of money. Just my few cents worth. Shop around and talk to some target shooters, they know were to get a good barreling for a little money. Find someone else reasonable and good to do the stock work.