Re: need advice with which rifle to go with
Just so you'll know; Savage has or is coming out with the Accu-stock. It has an aluminum rib molded into the stock, somewhat like the HS Precision's.
Quote: "They (contractor) managed to mold an aluminum rib into the stock. It is integral, not glued or screwed in." This rib is really a spine or backbone. It runs from tang to fore-end tip and is completely encapsulated in plastic. It is, in fact, the entire bedding platform for the rifle." Unquote.
I recently read about it in the September 2008 edition of Guns & Ammo. This is a great example of Savage listening to the customer. We (most riflemen) complained about they lousy factory triggers and they came up with the AccuTrigger, we complained about their flimsy synthetic stocks and now they've come up with the AccuStock. Savage want's you're business!
I'm not a huge Savage fan, but their rifles are just as accurate. I have two Remingtons (Sendero & 700P), two Winchesters (Coyote & HVB) and one Savage (BVSS) in the gun rack right now, so I shoot them all. They all produce sub .5" groups with my handloads.
You may be able to "google" AccuStock or call Savage directly. Don't know much info about it, just that's it's coming. JohnnyK.