I've really enjoyed reading this thread with the various members projects along with favorite hunting rifles,a very good thread.
I really haven't done much modifying to my bolt action rifles other than replacing a few stocks,adjusting triggers,and mounting scopes. I did refinish the stock on my first 22 rifle years ago in my teens.
Here's a few of my favorite hunting/shooting bolt action rifles.
Remington 700 bdl chambered in 7mm rem mag that i've been hunting with nearly 25 years now,it's extremely accurate.
Years later I installed the HS Precision stock and later upgraded the scope to a Leupold VXIII 4.5-14x50 illuminated reticle 30mm tube.
Remington 700 bdl vssf chambered in 22-250 with a Leupold VXIII 6.5-20x40mm EFR w/Target knobs.
Remington 700 bdl chambered in 6mm rem.
I picked this rifle up at a estate action at a really good price,installed the Bell carlson medalist stock,and added the Leupold VXIII 4.5-14x40mm