Hey guys, I just picked this up this weekend. It's a Howa model 1500 in .204 ruger. It's got a floating bull barrel and a ventilated laminate stock. I put one of my NcStar scopes on it. It's a mark3 rangefinder reticle scope at 4-16 magnification with open adjustments, parallax and illum. reticle (model SM3RAO41650G). Shoots like a dream so far - look out coyotes! I'd like to know what others think about Howa and the .204 caliber in general as a varmit rifle. I paid $500 for this gun without the scope.