Originally Posted by bgeddes
So, is a 'junkyard 700' a good option based on my position?
If it's well put together, and you can get something like a .223/.308, you should be fine for practice shooting til the cows come home. Both are plentiful, and I would imagine your Father In Law has plenty of old factory barrels, so he should be able to find you one that was nearly new.
There is nothing wrong with having a good bolt gun in the safe. While I have my differences with the 700 design, parts are plentiful, as are the actions themselves, and there is no reason your Father in Law shouldn't be able to piece meal one together for you that would be fun and enjoyable to practice with.