All my rifles are from Big Green and I don't see that changing unless I get a .338 from Shawn *ahem*. They are all excellent shooters, all are of the heavy barreled variety and all have their stock triggers which I lightened. I will say that I love the new Xmark trigger. Breaks 100 x cleaner than the old trigger, no creep at all out of the box. I don't have any Jewels or anything to compare with so in this case, ignorance may indeed be bliss LOL.
You'll come across a few lemons, when you pump out as many models as they do, it's guaranteed. like GG said, their QC has slipped, I've heard 2 many stories to say they aren't true but *Personally*, the 14 rifles I've had from them since the early 80s to present have ALL been excellent, I'm sure someday I will come across one I'm not happy with but I'll have the others to fall back on. I must say I am blown away by the cheaper models they have and how accurate they are considering the cheap ass stocks they ship with. I got a SPS Varmint for 550.00 a month ago and it shoots as good or better than any of my other 700s that cost twice as much. The H-S police stock arrives Friday finally but even with that pos it came with, I'm getting 3/4" groups at 200 off a bipod with cheapo American Eagle 150 FMJ, shooting with a frozen finger in temps of 25 degrees.
Their shotties are still my favorites as well. A day after I picked up the SPS-V, I saw a 870 OD green Tactical they had hanging for all to see. I've been eyeing one of those for 2 years and never got around to ordering it. Needless to say, it came home with me and I couldn't be more pleased. I have four 870s in the safe and love them all.
I apologize for my appearance, I was especially fugly on this day at the range