Now what can i expect? The local gunshop had a sale on today and a great price on the howa. I went there with the intention of buying a stevens model 200 but they informed me that there would be a long wait as they had many on back order waiting to come into the country. I was a bit thrown out as i have been researching all sorts of rifles lately - originally i was going to get the tikka t3 varmint but didn't like the feel of it. Same went with many others. I have never bought a japanese made firearm so i guess it is fingers crossed. I am aware that Howa previously made rifles for weatherby and also did some work for S&M. I am guessing the quality isn't too bad. I will be doing handloads, with the right load what sort of accuracy can be expected. With my current tikka i am getting approx - .4" @100yards. Finally people if someone could help me out with the twist rate on this rifle that would be great, i can't find any specs for it what so ever. I want to choose the right weight projectile but kind of need to know the twist rate first! Thanks for any responses in advance.