Re: Is Remington's 700 Action Still the Best?
"... is the Remington 700 still the best "out of the box" action?"
Yes, without a doubt. But, with qualifiers.
It's the best out of the box American sporter rifle from the major makers. It ain't a Kimber, Sako, etc. but those do tend to cost a mite more than a 700, and for very little benefit in the field.
So, "best" depends a whole lot on what you really want. I'm satisfied with my 700 deer rifel (But I would love to have a Kimber and I do love my Sako varmint rifle!)