Rock solid dependable rifles. Not always the most refined, or accurate, but good guns. They were quite commonly used as the basis for custom rifles. In fact they used to sell just the actions to gunsmiths who slicked them up and put a quality barrel and custom stock on them for customers. Many were used by DG guides wanting a solid rifle at budget prices.
I bought one back in the early 80's in 7mm Rem mag for $175.
Bought this custom 338-06 built off one 3-4 years ago.