Due to some unforseen circumstances (burglary) i am regrettably forced to get a new hunting rifle. I had a remington 700 in 7mm rm that i really loved. Im going to get another 7mag and am torn between 3 rifles. Id like to get a factory rifle and then do a little upgrading to the rifle but money is of course an issue. Ill be putting a vortex viper on top when money allows. First im considering another 700, im looking at an sps. If I went this route id want to put it in an aftermarket stock, likely a b&c and put a new trigger in it to try to get the pull to about 2lb. Second i was looking at a howa 1500, ive never owned one of these rifles but have shot a couple. The ones i have shot were very accurate and seem very nice. I have a couple concerns with them though. They seem a bit heavy from the factory, and i doubt an aftermarket stock will help things much. The barrel length on the factory rifles seems a bit short at 22" is this a viable long range rifle? I dont see myself shooting much past 500 at an animal, but enjoy shooting at steel much further. Third is a savage 110. I never thought id be interested in one of these until i bought a model 11 in 223 to replace my stolen varmint rifle. Im very impressed with the accuracy of the rifle, and am more then a little tempted to get one in 7mag and drop it in a new stock, toss a scope on it and call it a day. The only thing holding me back is that it just doesnt "feel" as nice as a remington or howa. I imagine that a new stock will fill that void, but im unsure. Id like to keep the rifle at or around 7-800$ then put some money into optics. Any feedback would be awesome, along with other suggestions.