So when I was a kid my dad bought a 303 British for around $79. They were so cheap back then he didn't think twice to sporterize it. Fast forward 20 years and he never shot it anymore so I gave him $200 for it. Well, I did some research; ordered a new synthetic stock, put a decent scope on it, a very nice Limbsaver, and a muzzle brake (short barrel 303's kick good) and now I love shooting the rifle. In fact, I loved modifying it also. I wanted to do a couple more rifles and mod them in different ways. So I started to look for old war rifles that were already sporterized that I could add my personal touches to. I couldn't really find much locally for less than $350-$400. (Mosin's were excluded from my search). Mainly was looking for Springfield 1903's and Lee Enfield 303's. Then I came across a deal online. They were selling brand new Remington 783's for $199! I did some quick searching and read they were completely different from the cheap model 770's and closer to the design of the Savages. Some people were even saying the receiver may be stronger than a stock Rem 700 because of the new design. Reviews were solid and they were half the price of used war rifles I could find... Emotions took over and I bought 4 of them! I don't plan to turn any of them into competition rifles. But I promise they will be fun to shoot when I'm done with them! That is the only goal: Fun Obviously the 783's don't have the aftermarket support as the 700's. But I have already found some aftermarket stock makers and a couple places that can provide match grade hand lapped barrels for them. The only down side is they are all 30-06's. Not a huge deal because I wanted to rebarrel a couple anyways. Now the fun begins! -I already have an old 270; but I wouldn't mind having a thicker barrel on a 270 with a heavier stock! -Or maybe a 280 so I can use the 7mm bullet selection? -Although I've been wanting to get a reloading press anyways, maybe a wildcat cartridge? Thinking, would a 6.5-06 be fun? -I live in Michigan so we don't have the traditional varmint prairie dogs to shoot at, but maybe I could change one into a 25-06 and shoot some coyotes? -Do I need a Magnum cartridge for anything? Probably not, but it wouldn't be too hard to talk myself into one! I'm excited. Lots of options! What would you guys do if you had 3 or 4 brand new bolt guns to modify based on the 30-06 parent? Thanks!