I've been going over my option, andhave kin of re-thought my plan
My .223 is getting som miles on it, barrel wise. The action and stock are in great shape. My hopes are to get a 700 SPS varmint in the next couple weeks, and save up to build on the Howa.
Barrel it either a 7mm WSM
or 7mm SAUM.
replace the stock trigger
I'll have to see availabilty on parts for the Howa action for those calibers, expecially the bolt face and magazine follower.
It will probably go along on the prairie dog hunts, but not see too much action.