Originally Posted by KAG
What are y'all changing on your stock 700s? Whats good, not good, not worth the $, What has a night-and-day difference?
Well a lot depends on your budget and intended use. As many gunsmiths like to say, how much accuracy can you afford?
The biggest difference for me has always been in a stock change. The factory plastics one have too much flex in them and the wood ones are not stable enough if your intent is a target gun If I had no other money for upgrades even an inexpensive Bell&Carlson Carbelite with a quick bedding job will probably cut your groups in half. For a few more $$$ their Medalist model is hard to beat.
The old factory triggers are better for adjusting than the new ones but either can be gotten down to a reasonable point and if you do a litte research there are instructions all over the place. If not a Gunsmith should be able to do it for just a few bucks. With a little more money an eftermarket trigger is a swift and easy upgrade. Do not understimate the value of good bases and rings and a properly installed scope.
That is about it for hunting or casual target work. At that point you should be sub MOA. The jump from there to guaranteed .25 MOA can get expensive so that is where most folks stop.
Next in line are blueprint and true the action, rebarrel with a match barrel and good bottom metal. You now have another $1,000 invested in the gun...