Posted 09 July 2011 - 06:28 AM
I have three Remington 700's and one Savage 116, and I like them all. All of them have nice barrels, decent triggers, nice balance, strong actions and are capable of sub-MOA accuracy. So you probably can't go wrong with either of them, and either one will kill coyotes just fine. Although I like the Savage's Accu-Trigger better than the X-Mark Pro, the X-Mark Pro isn't bad. In the end, I'd probably go with the Remington 700 mostly because I like the bolt release much better. The newer design bolt release on my Savage 116 .270 Win, while an improvement over the old model 110 bolt release, is still awkward to depress and I sometimes have to fight with the bolt to remove it. Also, my Savage's bolt release doesn't seem to drop the retaining pin low enough and it tends to snag on the bolt a little, requiring me to fiddle with it to remove the bolt. But that could just be my rifle and probably isn't a fair generalization. It may get smoother with more use. It's not that big a deal but it does tick me off when it happens. There's huge after market support for Remington 700's in terms of replacement stocks, triggers, barrels, etc. So, for example, if you got an SPS and hated the synthetic stock (which some people report to be flimsy), you could easily upgrade it to one with a bedding block or pillars. Or if you wanted to upgrade the trigger, you could buy a Jewell or Timney and install it yourself. That said, there is aftermarket support for Savages too but it's not as much. Also, if you're going to shoot a lot and plan to put more than 1500 rounds down your barrel, .243 Win is reported to be a barrel burner which results in shorter barrel life. So you may want to go with the Remington because from what I've read, it's apparently easier to have the barrel replaced on a 700 than with the newer style Savage's barrel retaining nut which is smooth and more difficult to remove. But I'm not a gunsmith so don't take that as gospel. And if you're not a high volume shooter, barrel life's not going to matter.You might also look at the Tikka T3 Lite or Hunter. I've got a stainless one in .243 Win and it's a nice shooting rifle. Great weight, nice trigger and barrel, and wonderfully smooth action. But there's not as much after market support for Tikkas if you're into upgrading and customer service could be more difficult. Anyhow, those are my thoughts for what it's worth. Good luck and let us know what you get.