Originally Posted by popgun
Ahhh who is Mike Walker?
Merle "Mike" Walker is the guy who designed the 700-series (721/722/725/700/40X/etc) action for Remington and he's commonly called the Father of the 700.
He's also credited with the .222Rem cartridge plus several other popular or once-popular benchrest cartridges like the 6x47 (the .222Mag necked up to 6mm) and the 6-250Walker. He was an avid benchrest competitor and most of his doing revolved around that sport...but was useful for all riflemen.
I think he's right up there with John Browning when it comes to influential contributions to shooting sports.