You just made my point for me!
It is no longer cost effective to really true up 700s and think we are saving money. You said it will cost $650-700 based on your prices. Then add another $65 for Greg Tannels firing pin and another $30-40 for a trued recoil lug and you are at $750-800. When all done try to sell it and you will still only get $450-500 max. You lose 50% on taking delivery.
Jim Bordens Alpine and TBR actions (May 06 delivery) www.bordenrifles.com
are now only $600, take all Rem triggers and bottom metal, set up for WSM and ultramags and come with trued recoil lug. They have been tested all over to include Alaska and Africa and are more accurate and less "binding" than 700s.
Lawton actions in 1.350 and 1.450 size are $695 the 1.60 is $795 has a 3/4" bolt diameter and has the strength to shoot anything you got the guts to pull the trigger on. The 1.350 is rem footprint and drops in and uses all rem bottom metal. Now if you want the 1.350 in single shot the tenon is about 3/4" longer, which corrects one of the Rem weak points. It has large lugs with a Sako type extractor mounted on the lug correction another Rem weakness. Any port and bolt configuration in moly or SS. I inspected the Lawton this weekend in Bruce Baers shop in PA and we ordered a couple.
Jerry Stillers Predator ($695)is rem footprint/bottom metal and trigger again in both SA and LA. SA is out now and LA in couple months.
All come with trued lugs and BR quality firing pin systems.
Clay Spencer (VA top BR smith for both SR and LR and top barrel maker) will have his version of the 700 action out later this year also and price should be in same ballpark.
Bottom line it is now a reality that you can buy a custom 700 size action or even bigger for less money than accurizing a 700. It will be better than an accurized 700 and cheaper while being much stronger. It will hold its value while the 700 drops 50% the day it leaves the gunsmiths shop.