I also like Winchesters a lot...but can't reccomend even the cheap ones now with the mad grab and huge price increases. I've thought about how much I could make selling mine, but can't bring myself to it...I am kicking myself for passing up several before the plant closed, though (like that Supergrade for $650, now going for about double that).
For $450, I really can't reccomend a Remington, at least not a new one, as those I would reccomend are over your price ceiling.
I really couldn't belive last year when my buddy got a Savage 12FVSS 270WSM. I didn't think much of them, as I was only familiar with older Savage guns. I can now tell you they are a great gun for the money. I now own 2, and will own more. I would replace the synthetic stock down the road with a SSS, HS Precison, or McMillian stock. I'm opting for a SSS stock for my 12FV, but would take a HS Precision as well, and like them better than B&C stocks.
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