I think the Remington 700 Light Varmint looks really sharp, and I love the Remington 700 rifles (I own 3). I have heard tales over the last couple of years of quality problems with Remington, but my rifles do fine. My son has a 700 ADL Synthetic in .223 which is a good shooter.
I was wanting to get a lightweight varminter and was looking at the Remington. I tried one at Bass Pro Shop a couple of weeks ago, and when I unlocked the bolt and started to pull it back, it would stick - very noticable. I expect a LOT more from a $700 + rifle. I also wanted a faster twist than Remington's 1-in-12 so I could shoot longer ranges with heavier bullets.
I started looking at the Savage 16FSS and was leaning that way until someone mentioned the Tikka T3 Lite Stainless
. The Tikka has a 1-in-8 twist, looks good, has a good reputation for accuracy from what I've heard, and has a user tunable trigger from 2-4 lbs. After I looked into the Tikka, I finally decided to order one. They are kind of hard to come by this time of year, but I hope to have one soon. The price for the T3 lite stainless is around $500.
BTW, I have a Remington 700 VS with the H-S Precision stock, and I really like the stock. Fit and finish is great and it seems to be very well made. I just recently ordered a Bell and Carlson Carbelite Classic stock for my Remington 700 ADL and sent it back. The front bolt hole didn't line up, the fit and finish were unimpressive, and the bolt handle rubbed against the stock. I was expecting it to be stiffer and lighter than the factory ADL stock, but it was neither.
I agree with others that the McMillan stocks are awesome, but you do have to pay for that quality. People always tell me this stock or that stock is as good as a McMillan for half the cost, but I am always disappointed. One of these days I'm gonna spring for a McMillan.