I'm considering both the Rem. 700 SPS-Varmint and the Savage 12FV (almost identical to the 700 except the barrel is fluted), both in .243 for a long-range rifle. I plan to probably replace either stock with something else (yet to be determined). The price, including Rem's. current rebate, is within $10 of one another. From hearsay, I understand that there's more aftermarket parts for the Rem. 700, but that the Savage will likely be more accurate out of the box. Not crazy about the Accu-Trigger on the Savage, but they do feel O.K.. I think the Rem. has some kind or "X-Mark Pro" trigger or something or other. I want to keep costs down, but have a decent rifle, too. Any opinions?