The 1-9 twist will stabilize 140's take a look at look www.rifle-stocks.com , pac-nor stainless steel barrels are 25 more money than chrome moly, the stainless will hold up alot better, I had all my barrel and action work done by pac-nor, they did a great job, prices were hard to beat, and turn around time was good.
No one more accurate stock than other. key is pillar bedding on either wood or glass. Wood has to be sealed inside but other than that it works very vell if properly bedded and pillared, that is the key. The richards will work very vell for your budget.
1-9 will shoot both 100s and up to 140s. However, the 120 should be the most optimum.
SS barrel is only way to go. Hart, Shilen, Lilja will all install your barrel and true up action also. Go with 26" to max 28 for hunting gun.
Check with Midway Arms in Columbia and see if they have a heavy barrel already chambered in 260 for the Savage? They sell chambered aftermarket barrels for Savages. If so, there is your gun. Just buy a savage in laminated stock in 308 (already pillar bedded), Sharpshooter supply sells aftermarket trigger for $80 if yours does not have accutrigger on it.
Cost will probably be $800 absolute max and great shooting gun.
What's the 'street' price on a new 12BVSS-S in .308? Seems like if you could get it at a reasonable price, then get a barrel from Pac-Nor for around $300-350 depending on options and fit it yourself, you could come in under budget (excepting scope). That way you can get a barrel that is what you want, not just what Midway catalogs, if it matters to you. I'm thinking something like a 28-30" heavy Palma taper w/ 1-8" twist and a tight (0.292") neck would be the way to go for me.
These are some good ideas, but I am not sure I want a Savage. I will look into it though.
I have bought stuff from Midway though, good experience with them.
Is there some restriction on barrels and contours if I was ever to get into some kind of match? Do they have to be contoured to .920 on the end?
Otherwise I was going to go full bull all the way? Is that not wise for some reason?
I was going 1-9 twist in stainless.
I was hoping to get a stainless action, but that would be to expensive I assume.
What is the barrel brand of choice. Shilen is advertised a lot. I will get whatever is recommended, to make this rig shoot, please let me know.
I just ordered my Brownells catalog to see what I can find for this project....
I am trying to get a hold of my local GSmith and see what he recommends.
I assume the only way to get a Remington 700 action is to buy a complete rifle? (or get one off this site used?)