Tomorrow, hopefully, I will be buying a Howa 1500 30-06. I have been emailing the gun shops around my area and this is the best rifle I can find for the money. It will come with a scope and I asked for a 24" barrel but I bet when I get there it will be a 22"; (I don't see that rifle anywhere with a 24" barrel.) I could get a Weatherby online, but I would have to jump through a lot of hoops like I did with the Weatherby 300 Magnum I tried to get a few months ago. (Good thing I didn't get that one because I have never found any large rifle magnum primers.) I plan to modify it in the future and wanted to make a post in here to see if anyone had any problems modifying the Howa 1500; and to get any feed-back at all anyone might have.