I'm working this out in my head to build a long range rifle, 300-1000 yards. This will be a antelope/deer/varmint gun. I'm failry set on using a Howa Action, as I LOVE the one I have. I have a new 700 VTR, and I perfer the howa action over it. Stock wise I will likly get a Boyds rough stock, and finish and bed it myself. Barrel will be a varmit heavy/bull barrel, probably a Pac-Nor or Ershaw. Trigger will be stock for the time being, but eventually will get a Timney I'm still debating caliber. I want to got either a 6mm/.243, or a 7mm. I found a perfect candidate tonight at scheels, a used Howa 1500 7mm Rem, stainless, boyds thumbole sporter. pretty good deal at $500, great condition. I was just kind of looking for opinions on caliber, is 7mm WAY too much for varmints? I shoot prairie dogs quite a bit, and I have a Howa 1500 super varmint in .223 for the shorter range shots. I want a little more than a standard .243 or 6mm rem. Like I said, it will also be a deer/antelope gun. Thanks!