Order a Howa barreled action with a varmint barrel for around $400 and put it in the stock of your choice. The Howa action is tough as nails and pretty darn accurate. I have one in .25-06 that shoots 3/4 inch groups at 100 yards with factory Federal Fusions. And I cant shoot well enough to do it justice. Weatherby uses the Howa action for their Vanguard rifles, but you can buy a barreled action, spend a couple hundred on a good aftermarket stock, and still come out cheaper than buying a Vanguard. You will also end up with a better stock than what comes on the base model Vanguard. The varmint versions come in .223 and .22-250 as well as .204, .243, and .308.
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