Jud I certainly respect your opinion and I myself have been a Remington guy for years. And yes, I agree that aside from custom actions most customs rifles are built off of a Remington actions and for very good reason. I have had a couple of different rifles built on Remington actions and both were exceptional shooters with the most recent off of a donated Model 70, which I am just getting started working up loads for
. Ask any gunsmith and they will tell you the same.
Let me preface this by saying I have limited experience with Savage rifles and only have acquantences who shot them...none of my own. I have however seen several 1000 yd benchrest factory class matches won with a 300 win mag Savage and as noted previously have seen a couple of the long range hunters really shoot well to for basically a magnum contoured barrel. I guess my point is it seems Savage has made a great deal of strides in the last few years and have definitely made significant accuracy improvements. I certainly agree their actions are not as smooth. But, for a straight out of the box rifle if one never plans on building a rifle off the action...Savage should not be overlooked.