Re: New LRH
A 700 can certainly be as good. The advantages to using a 700 would be, total control of the features and specs, more options, and a chance to save money if you need trued but not all the extras.
The advantages with a custom are improved aesthetics, better resale value, and less work for your smith (faster turn around).
I like Defiance Machine. His work's top notch. I like Stiller because they are quality and available.