I couldn't wait...had to share the details. After a lot of reading, asking questions, visiting gun shops, etc etc I finally made my decision. --Howa 1500 varmiter 20 inch heavy barrel chambered in 308 barrel comes threaded from the factory, which weighed heavily (pun intended) on the decision to move forward with the heavy barrel version --Talley 20moa picatinny rail for the scope base. plan to bed this if needed --Vortex crossfire ii 6-24x50 glass --Tiptop EZ pivot bipod I am very patiently (NOT!) awaiting shipment from grabagun. hoping to gain some experience with longer distance shooting. I think I have a good platform to build on with the proven howa 1500 action and HACT trigger.