I have a project in mind and I thought I would see what you guys think. I have a Ruger M77 30-06 that suffers from a poor barrel and an even worse stock, but it does have and extremely smooth action and a great trigger. I don’t think it is original but since I bought the rifle used I am not sure. It has been my hunting rifle since I was 12 and it doesn’t seem to want to hold a group any more. I was thinking about having it re-barreled in a 6.5-06 AI, from Pac-Nor I could have a barrel installed and the action lapped and trued. I was thinking about a 30” or so, 1.25” no taper barrel with a barrel block. I figure this would take the stress off the action and I am not sure the Ruger action would handle the weight very well. I would be using a Benchrest style laminate stock from Elk Ridge Stocks. I am not concerned with weight but I want a benchrest style varmint gun that is accurate. I figure with the gun work, barrel, stock and barrel block I should be into it for around $800-$1000, I would like to use a nice action but the extra cost is a concern. Do you think that the above setup would work or should I try to get a different action? And on another note, it is great to be back reading about Long Range Hunting. School has been taking all my time and I haven’t been back to this site in a long time. Glad to see you all are still giving out the good info.