Re: Stevens 200
The Stevens 200 action is the most economical platform to base a build on that I've found. I love the look of a matte finish action with a stainless barrel. I've done 5 of them now and all of them will shoot under 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards. Two of them shoot at or under .25. The latest is a 6mm Ackley chambered with a custom reamer from PTG, a 1 in 10 twist McGowen barrel they chambered the barrel and did a great job) that I ordered through Northlander, shooting 75 grain Vmax's into .3 at 3,750 fps. The fireforming loads shoot 1/2 inch with 75's.
I tried a new approach on this one, I purchased a Savage 3-screw trigger from Sharpshooter, replaced the tension wire with a smaller diameter (there is a guy on Savageshooter.com that gives the wire for free) and adjusted it to 2.5 pound trigger with no creep and is very safe. On stocks, the advise above is spot-on..........I use Duramaxx stocks on the staggered feed actions, and this is hard to believe but the Ackley is in a factory Savage stock with the barrel channel opened up to fit the heavy sporter barrel contour. Stockade is building me a hunting sporter stock but their wait time is now at 16 weeks and I couldn't wait so I got started with the Savage factory stock.
Good luck on your build.