Originally Posted by Frank in the Laurels
It all comes down to money and how much of yours you'd like to get rid of !! Out of the box the Savage rifles dollar for dollar are hard to beat and being the range master at one of the long range groundhog matches in the east for 10 years I've seen them all shoot and I get to see them all in all calibers and cartridges. For normal big game hunting when your shooting at a volleyball to basketball sized target any of the above will do in most cases, now shifting down to to squirrel and dog sized targets is another story, your wallet is going to get involved. For that adventure your 700 Remington action will be more than good enough, an action truing, a new barrel and chamber cut and installed, a new trigger, stock and bedding will set you back well over a $1200 bucks plus your action...then we get to scopes and the sky is the limit in that department... So it all comes down to your wallet size, what you want to hunt and how far you'd like to shoot at em... $$$$$
Basicly your showing $2K without sights. The rifle even then probably won't shoot any better than some of the better long range newer rifles. To seriously get that 700 to shoot lights out, I think your talking $2200 (including the action).
1. barrel blank will be about $350
(machining the chamber and headspacing is another $150)
2. a cheap custom trigger is about a $100, and many guys will want a Jewell at close to $275
3. trueing the action and recutting the threads in going to hit you for about a $150 if your lucky
4. a good stock will cost you about $250 minimum, and then you have to bed it, so expect to see about $325 to $400 finished.
5. A lot of guys want to do some bolt work as well as truing. I did an M16 extractor and modified the ejector pin setup. That's gonna be another $100
6. then there are incidentals like a brake and checkering if you want to go all out.
All the above is nice and more could be added. But here another take:
* a Savage out of the box is very square, and really needs nothing done to it
* you can buy a prefit custom barrel of whatever quality you want for less than $400. Pacnor sells them in many wildcat chambers if that's what you want for around $350 last time I looked. But you may not even want a custom barrel!
* the Savage accutrigger is the best factory trigger made
* Stocking will come out at about the same. I would get rid of the factory synthetic stock unless it was the HS stock. And even then rebed it with new pillars.
* no bolt work is needed
Some Savages come with brakes and some don't. That's the end user's call here
In otherwords your looking at $800 verses $1350 minimum. I have no idea how strait the Tikkas are, but they must be very good. Just not a lot of stuff to change on them out of the box.