I can't stop thinking about your thread on using your 223 for caribou.
First off I didn't even answer your question concerning your Stevens 200. For the most part as for quality, you pretty much get what you pay for. The Stevens 200 is a cheap gun. It is the bottom end of the Savage line. In my opinion a Savage is a Savage is a Savage, there is very little difference between the Stevens 200 and their top of the line guns. The 200 is less shiny, has a plastic stock and you can see the lathe marks on the barrel. However as far function goes they are all about the same. Since I do have one just like yours behind the seat in my truck, I can attest to the fact that they are very functional, they shoot as straight as any $600 gun on the market and they will more than likely last just as long. Its a tool so use it!
The next part of your question was about using this gun to shoot critters that are bigger than are practical for the 223. From the many posts from the many very experienced hunters I'd have to say that the verdict is in. The 223 just plain and simple isn't the right gun for caribou and sheep. However all of us experts are steering around the obvious. If you had a bigger gun then you would be using the bigger gun but since you don't you were asking out of respect for knowledge if your gun would get the job done. Most of us (me included) have more guns than we can shoot and in that sense we have a silver spoon in our mouths. We/I avoided that big obvious. Why? Because we aren't saddled with one gun! The way I now see it, you took your hard earned money and went out and got yourself a rifle and from the general tone of your post there was some pride in that fact. A pride that we all as gun owners have known. Yet we rained on your parade. I for one am sorry for that!
I was down in the spare room a little while ago and there on the wall is a gun rack and on that gun rack are 5 rifles of calibers that would be very suitable for caribou or sheep. Yet there they sit as really nothing more than novelty items collecting dust. They are all well made and functional guns that I have picked up here or there over the years and have just sort of hung onto them. It just doesn't make sense for me to sit here with these guns that are perfect for the task at hand and at the same time be critical of you for using the only gun you have because its not! Do any of you guys remember scrapping to buy your first centerfire? Boy I do!!
Soooooooooooo heres what I am gonna do. About the first of next week I'm gonna pick out one of these rifles(with scope) and take it to the range and put some rounds through it and then give it a good spit shinning. Then I'm gonna box it up and send it to you absolutely free of charge! More than likely its gonna be a 30-06 because thats what three of them are and it makes the most sense!
To do this legally I will need to send this gun to an FFL licensed dealer in your area! All that is required of you is to find this FFL dealer and get me a signed copy of his FFL!
Any of you regulars with FFL's who live in close proximity of of Delta Junction feel free to jump in and help us out on this one!
When you get the FFL thing figured out then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make it happen!