I have done some home work since I posted this question. Hell as far as I can see a custom may be worth the extra cash. Remingtons are around a grand and Winchester only builds 3 models in 25-06 (way more then I would spend for a mass produced
. Priced a Cooper at 1800 for a varminter. Savage is the cheapest I found so far (or should I say least expensive) at around 900. I havent priced a Sako yet but I figure they will be somewere on the top end of the above mentioned price range. The above prices are suggested retail and I know they will be cheaper then that if a person does some searching.
Any of you smiths care to give me an idea what a custom will go for? Just a ball park figure because I know there are lots of options that drive the bottom line.