A varmint rifle is a different beast than a hunting rifle.
I have a 700 VLS with a 26" barrel and that thing sucks to pack around on your back all day. All out fitted with scope bipod and ammo it is close to 12# that is a ton of weight to be totting around along with draggin out a deer.
I love my remmy but my go to varmint rifle changed to a RRA Predator Pursuit Rifle with a 20" barrel. It is 7 maybe 8# with monster 6-24x50mm scope and a 20rd mag. A lot easier to tote around the ground hog fields all day long.
I would ignore that idiot MASDriver dude. Really 1/8" groups at 300 yards with a BSA that is effing laughable.
I would go with just a regular old hunting rifle.
If I were you I would sure look into a Howa you can get a better rifle that the bottom end (SPS) line of Remingtons for slightly less money.
There you can get a good rifle with a decent starter scope for $625 that is not a bad price if you ask me. There are many Howa lovers on here that will atest to the accuracy and specs of a Howa.
World champ Coyote Caller Les Johnson switched to Howa from Remington.
Another great predator hunting uses Savage rifles.
You are looking at at least $300 just to get a detach mag for a rem 700. If you want an affordable rifle with a detachable mag look no further than the Savage Edge.