yes apparently a call is in order. I don't mind carrying the extra weight so bull barrels don't bother me. But then I've known quite a few "old timers" who says bull barrels are just bull and they shot fine with "normal" barrels for years. I'm just amazed with the difference in price when you can consistently hit center target with the value rifle as well. Also Remington's marketing materials suck. I guess some people might just look at the price but if I don't know the reason then I won't buy either way.
Remington 700's are great. But the use/need will vary and they make a gun for just about every shooter.
The actions are all about the same. So lets look at the rest of the rifle;
Stocks; might not mean that much to a basic shooter. Wood can change with the weather, and that can affect a zero, free floated stock, or other things. At 100M on paper it might not mean much, at 200M at a live target might mean a little more to some. Many stocks can be bedded. Aluminum blocks work well. Plastic stocks are fine, Kevlar is cool.
Triggers; Better the trigger, the better the shot. You can adjust some Rem factory tiggers better than others. Many just buy an after market tigger.
Barrels; Heat can be an issue, as well as barrel whip. A thin barrel might not flex the same every shot, where a bull might flex less and give a tighter group. The length can change velocity/powder burn/movement. Some think a 14" to 18" 22LR and 5.56 will shoot better than going longer or shorter. The .308 seems to like 18" to 22/24" to get the most out of the ammo. Barrel twist rates mean a bit if you know what ammo gr and range you plan to shoot at.
Sights/Mounts/Rings all come into play as well. The Remington has lot of mods.
Decided what means the most to you or what parts you just might replace. That might let you know where you can save.
Barrels mean more to me than stocks, but I dont use wood stocks if I can help it. Tiggers are tiggers to me, I mess with most of mine to be lighter or smoother, but if I had the money I would drop a Jewell tigger in every long gun I have (I never bought a gun because of the tigger it came with).
I have no doubt a person could buy the cheapest Rem 700 model and a gunsmith could make it shoot like any other custom Rem 700. But most of us dont shoot .25 MOA, even if given a gun that could. Many buy more scope than they will ever need.
Be real about your goals/needs and budget.