I use a Savage Low Profile. It started life as a .308. For 500yrds a 168 or 175 grain bullet loaded with either Varget, Reloader 17, or Reloader 15 will get you a great gun. Savage offers many other models with a lesser price tag if that is an issue. Some guys have been building off the Stevens rifles because they are cheaper than the Savage or Remington. Any of the 3 would work. I will offer a suggestion of the Howa also. I have shot all three and prefer the Savage simply for accuracy out of the box. Pillar bedding, 1:10 twist rate, and the Accu-Trigger. Awesome rifle.
I've just started experimenting with the Reloader 17 in .308. I can currently almost get to 2600 fps out of an 18" barrel with a 175grn bullet. That is pretty good considering that most 22 and 24" barrels will only get you to 2650 to 2675. Pretty exciting stuff.
The thing about the 700 is that it requires some work out of the box. The triggers tend to be heavy and many complain about their new adjustable trigger. For good accuracy you should also have them bedded and most guys on this sight put some type of after market trigger in. To get a good 700 you need to spend a ton of money on the tactical models, target models, and the sendro's. Remmy's are good for building off of, but if you don't have that type of budget you have to live with what you buy. The Savages have proven to be a very accurate rifle. If you get the right model you can even get the new accu-stock that they make. Can't go wrong with a Savage in my opinion.
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