I have a pretty fancy target rifle I built over the last couple of years, but it weighs upwards of 21 pounds. (a 30" heavy palma stainless barrel is half of that weight) I am thinking of building a rifle based on the M24 concept of having a short action cartridge in a long action rifle as a "fighting" rifle. ya know, something I can practice a lot with and also be my go-to SHTF rifle. I have three options for this and I need some feedback. My prospective cartridge is the .260 rem. eventually I will have two of these rifles, one for me and the wife so price is sort of a thing.
option 1: go with savage, since all of my rifle "building" experience is with them.
option 2: go with a factory rem 700 LA action and put the rifle together from there.
option 3: buy a custom blueprinted and trued action, and put the rifle together from there.
I guess my question is based around the experience of the readers of this post. I really haven't messed with Remington actions. I have heard horror stories of guys buying SPS donor actions and achieving groups no smaller than two inches @100. Is it worth the doubling/tripling in price for a blueprinted and trued action for what I need out of it? Is the factory Remington action beyond saving with quality load development and a good chunky barrel? I'm willing to work with whatever.