Some time back I picked up a lightly used less than 50 rounds down the tube) Remington 700 in 30-06. It came with a broken scope and a Harris Bipod. I changed out the scope and shot it a bit. For an out of the box rifle it was darn nice.
Saved my pennies and bought a Shilen Barrel in the white, 26 inches with a 1 in 10 twist, with a Remington Varmint contour. Also got a Holland recoil lug.
Saved some more pennies and picked up a Choate Ultimate Varmint Stock.
I located a gunsmith that didn't charge me an arm and a leg who trued the action and installed the shortened Shilen barrel. I had him shorten the 26 inch barrel to 22 and recrown.
I installed the barreled action in the new stock, added the same old scope, gave everything a coat of paint until I can afford the cerakote job.
After the 50 round break in suggested by Shilen it shoots really nice. 5 inch groups at 800 yards so far. Still playing with the loads. Will post some targets as soon as I can.
Here's the Remington.
Last thing an elk will see, except for the bright flash.