the Vangaurd is the same rifle as the Howa 1500(or the RWS89) exept for the weatherby engraving. I used to have an RWS 89, infact i took a black bear with it in CA in 1995. it was a 300winmag, after i'd given it a decent bedding job the thing shot under 1/2" with factory ammo. I only sold it (and wished i hadn't ever since) because i couldn't find a synthetic stock for it.
I'm currently looking at the Vanguards as a base for custom rifles
here in Germany. I realy like them and they have a bunch more features as standard than the rem700 or Win 70 etc do. I'd say they are a good out of the box rifle.