I'm a wood guy also! The Remington model 700 Mountain rifle is dollar for dollar one of the very best ever, period. If I was honest, I would have to rate my Mountain rifle above everything else in the vault. I have stuff much higher in value but if I had to rely on just one it would be the mountain rifle. Mine is in 270 win. Pre 64 Winchesters in model 70 may rate slightly higher but it's the generation right before me that truly knew how near perfect it was. I now have one in 243 and have not gotten to the range yet to compare to the mountain rifle. To me I'd put my money in a good used rifle than most of the new budget rifles currently being produced. I'm talking up to $500.00 I think Browning A & X bolts are great rifles but price is above the $500 mark.