Well.... Sannie Claus came early this year. I bailed my .264 Remington 700 Sendero-II Flutie out of layaway jail this morning. It is identical to the Rem 700 VS-SF-II (Varmint special - stainless Fluted - II), except that it is on the long action - even the stock is identical. Like any kid with a new toy, as soon as I got it home, I took it apart. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif First off... it IS fitted with the new 2006 trigger, and the trigger, out of the box is SIXTY OUNCES - Yup - that's less than 4 pounds for a Remington rifle - the company that invented the 10 pound trigger in a factory rifle. Say your prayers, cuz hell is about to freeze over. There is no creep and a very tiny bit of over travel. I will probably lighten it this winter when I know more about the trigger... but I could live with it the way it is. The 2006 trigger is very different than the old one, and 'smiths will take some time to get used to it. It is a very good improvement over the old one. The finish is that of fine wire brushed stainless, (not sand blasted)... not a high gloss, but not subtle either - this is not a "sneeking up stick". This is definitely a long range marksman's rifle. The throat is fine... I can load the 95gr V-Maxs to touch the leade and still feed them in the magazine. Usually I do a lot of work on a new rifle, but the only fiddling I did was bevel and polish the square leading edge on the magazine box so it would flow smoothly into the feed ramp on the action. Every thing else was fine. The flutes have a black "stuff" in them, so the barrel has a striped "black and steel" look... I'm not a fan of flutes, as I think they are a fad and just for fashion... and for a "fashion statement", this is the cats ass... it is 9 yards of flashy. I put a Leupold MK4-M3 on it, with MK4 rings, and Leupold QRW bases... when I get the drops, I'll have Leupold make a custom cam for it (BDC for your guys that are technically PC)... Summery - I was real worried when I ordered it, cuz my last two Remingtons were both expensive disasters, but I friggin' LOVE THIS SENDERO!! I don't think I can wait for spring time to shoot. I'll probably die of frost bite (it's in the 30's here), but I'm gonna shoot it soon as possible. .