Re: A question for the experts
There is room in my safe for both custom and factory rifles. (but just barely) About half of my rifle purchases have been, in some way or another, not strictly factory gear; like sporting a premium barrel, and I do a lot of aftermarket work, myself.
If you don't handload, and you can't afford to wait a year for your dream rifle, I'd get a Remington, and go shooting. I bought one recently that listed for just under $1000, but it sold for $750, plus sales tax and all the other BS they tack on.
However, handloading has so much to recommend, that possibly the best advice I can offer is to get started, the sooner, the better. You will never regret it.
Good hunting. LB