Thanks for all the replies, I know that any rifle will need some work right out of the box, just don't want to get to crazy with fixing things that should not have left the factory...
I am really looking at the winchester Stealth, have always been a bit of a winchester fan myself. do they still make it in .223 remington? their webpage doesn't list this as a caliber.
I will take some time this weekend and see what I can find in the area, when looking at a remington, aside from it all functioning properly and the barrel mostly centered in the stock, is there anything else I should look for? I found a couple VSSFs last weekend that seemed to be pretty straight and in good shape.
Just my .02 worth. My hunting partner bought a youth Rem 700 in .308win for his sons first hunting trip back in the summer. He purchased it in wal-mart for around 389.99. I was a little skeptical at best, and couldn't wait to see it. I was very happy when I did see it. Matte finish, Synthitic stock, and sitting strait in the stock with no bolt contact. I promptly cleanes the whole gun, mounted the gloss rings that the bonehead sold my buddy, Lapped the rings, and loaned him a Leupold 2-7x. Loaded some 125gr. Nosler balistic tips to around 2500fps. Headed to the range and promptly broke in the barrel, and after 30 rounds, that little 20" barrel was shootin' them into 5/8". Honest to god! Tell me that Remington doesn't put out a quality piece for the money! Needles to say, The youngn' dropped a doe at 110 yards, one shot, one kill. Enough to make a grown man cry!
You are correct, Winchester just dropped the .223 when they redesigned the Stealth. Unfortunate, although I am sure that there are still some .223's out there. My son has one and it is extremely accurate.
The new Stealth 2 looks pretty good, have not seen one yet.
Sorry, but I just gotta chime in here! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] I use Remington actions almost exclusively and have yet to have a serious problem. The problems you were reading about were probably the ones back in the early 80's where the safety and trigger assembly were having trouble. I never have seen these issues as I only live 10 minutes from Jewell and I ALWAYS yank the stock triggers and install a Jewell. Best thing you can do for an M700 in my book! My M40A1 issued to me in the Marine Corps was one of the nicest sniper rifles that I have EVER had the pleasure to shoot. The 700, however, is the only one that I can speak for. Extractor leaves a little bit to be desired, but it's nothing the average shooter would notice and there are always the superior Sako's that you can swap in. I have owned about 75 M700's, and I have never had a single problem with any of them. The only drawback: It's easier to pull teeth on a pit bull than it is to get some parts for the 700 action from Remington. I lost a bolt one time at a match and I could not get them to replace it due to all the lawsuits they had some time ago. They wanted me to send a $2500.00 rifle in for them to tinker with and "fit" the bolt to, but I told them they were crazy if they thought I was doing that and they assured me they wouldn't screw anything up. Well, I had previously sent one rifle to Rem. one time (a custom 6PPC) and they totally screwed up and cost me a $2000.00 rifle for which I was never reimbursed (the guys at the Rem custom shop are VERY good though. Much better than just the "standard" techs.) Other than little issues like these, they are GREAT actions and also very strong and reliable. Whereas, you can spend in excess of $1000.00 on some actions out there, the good ol' 700 is tough to beat. One more note: the Win Model 70's are VERY good also. They are very much like the M700 and are also tough and reliable. Accessories for both of these rifles are in great abundance as well. Good luck!