Re: rifle recommendation
An SPS with the Medalist will cost you about what the XCR costs off the shelf so I don't see a cost savings. The Medalist is probably the superior stock (I have one and love it) but the Hogue is a definite improvement over the standard SPS stock, is (I believe) pillar bedded, and one I have not heard bad things about. There is a good chance the XCR trigger (if it is the new X-mark) will be great right out of the box and the Trynite finish superior to the stainless on the SPS. Would be a hard call, and as you see there are a few "if's" in my logic, but the trigger and finish, to me, slightly outweigh the difference between the Bell and Carlson v. Hogue. You can always get a different stock next year or whenever - then camo paint the Hogue for practice or sell it on gunbroker.