Well, after all the reading about budget rifles, I went with the Stevens 200, .223. I wanted something I could start off slow with and still be able to shoot until I changed out everything, like the trigger, stock and BBL. the one thing I am concerned with is replacing the stock, but I wasn't too worried knowing that the factory stock (although cheap!) is at least pillar bedded, or so I thought it was. After I took off the stock to check it out, I noticed that the front pillar is recessed below the stock and the rear pillar is nowhere near touching the receiver either. I will post a pic of this later tonight but to say I am disappointed is an understatement considering the lack of stocks I can get for the centerfeed rifles that Savage now makes. I had thought I did my research but I don't think I realized just how cheap these things are. The action seems to be good and I only read good things about how most are Sub MOA out of the box but I think I or anyone else would do better to go ahead and get the accutrigger and the accustock or even a wood stocked one at that, and come out cheaper in the long run. I also would be willing to bet that the Savage receivers are machined just a little smoother, the Stevens are quite rough. I like the rifle but the fact the the pillar bedding is not really pillar bedded, considering the receiver does not touch anything but plastic is pretty poor manufacturing to say the least. Anyone here had a similar experience with these stocks?