I am strongly considering a Savage Long Range Hunter as a Christmas gift to myself. I am leaning towards the 6.5 Creedmoor, as I am not a fan of recoil, and I like the ballistics of the 6.5. I have seen a few posts on other forums in regards to the Long Range Hunter having some type of rubberized finish on the stock that tends to come off quite easily. Has anyone on this forum experienced that? If so, were you able to get a replacement stock from savage and did the replacement stock do the same thing? the reason that I ask is because a friend of a friend bought a LRH and as soon as he got it home and took the red accustock decal off the fore end, the rubberized finish peeled right off with it. There is also a LRH for sale on the Cabela's website that has the finish peeling off, and it looks horrible. Also, how durable is that recoil pad that comes on the LRH? It sure is nice and soft, but it seems like it might tear easily during field use. I would appreciate any input that you guys can provide, as I really like the rifle and I have the money burning a hole in my pocket. BTW, I have been a lurker on this forum for several years, and it's nice to finally be a member.