The old style 700 ADL preceded the newer SPS and it came with sights. The stock was usually injection plastic but it was a quality Model 700 action with a cheaper bead blasted finish on it. I saw some with and others without a dropping floorplate. Most of the ones I saw were either in 243 win, 270 win, or 30-06. The Model 700 is light years better than your 770. But you already knew that....
Try a Savage Model 10 or 110. Model 10 is short action (.243, .308), the 110 long action (.270, .30-06). Stay away from the Savage Axis or whatever it's called. You get way more bang for your buck spending the extra $$ on the 10/110. They're well know for their straight out of the box accuracy.
If you like the bolt actions then i would go with a Remington model 700. Or a sako. They both make nice bolts!
I personally prefer the pump action, just because I hunt in thick brush usually in Canada so I like having that quick action for those follow up shots. I just got the Remington model 7600. Amazing rifle. I got it in synthetic because it doesn't scratch up or warp like wood. I put a bushnell scope on it. The 7600 has a free floating barel so it will have the accuracy of any bolt action rifle. So kind of the best of both worlds.