Scratch the war horse
i think it has been narrowed down pretty well and am going to head to the local gun shop over the weekend to check out their selections on the Marlins.
I am a big fan of Nikon optics so this might be a winning set up.
As far as the Rem 700 i have read countless reviews about how loose the bolt is... how the bolt pulled right out while being in the locked position... as well as it not chambering and ejecting smoothly or at all.
The only reason i was looking at picking up that Steyr was due to the fact he was only asking around $150.00 for it.