Im thinking about one of these as a new purchase. I dont have a 223 and never owned a Weatherby at all. I HAD a Rem 700 with a plastic stock for 1 whole day before I ordered a wood stock from Stock's and would the "plastic" stock on the Weatherby be just as flimsy?? I know the action has to be "strong enough" but does it work "slick"? Im wanting a very light weight walk-around varminter and if this is light enough Id stick "about" a 3-9X scope on it for groundhogs and such at 200-250 yards and less distances. What say you Weatherby fans and .223 fans as well???