So, awhile back I had a thread about budget 223 rifles that I was considering. My budget got bumped up a little bit to around $450, which opened up a whole new world of options. Here's what I'm looking at: Savage 10 Precision Carbine T/C Compass Weatherby Vanguard Heavy Barrel Ruger American Predator I'm leaning heavily towards the Savage 10 due to the Accustock. I already have a Savage Mark II FV and Savage 10 FCP in .308, so I'm very familiar with the Accutrigger and really like it, and the Accustock seems like it would be a big improvement over the other stocks. The main plus to the Ruger is it taking AR mags which I already have. The T/C Compass is just a killer deal, even if I kinda of want a heavier barrel contour. My main uses are going to be casual bench shooting and some coyote hunting eventually. I don't see myself hoofing it much when coyote hunting so weight isn't a huge issue. I'm going to mount a Primary Arms 4-16x44 scope on whatever I end up getting.