Enjoyed reading through this thread and it was very enlightening and answered a few questions I had about why I was so happy with my Howa 243
My decision when I bought the Howa was based solely on gut instinct with very little fore knowledge. I've never cared for the Remington 700 or any Remington rifle that I've ever handled for that matter; and although I've been very curious about the Savage rifles I've tended to shy away from them because I know so little about them. Happy to say this thread has taught me a little about Savages and when I find the time I will go through and read the Savage thread that was spawned from this one and hopefully learn more.
All that said; although there was minimal mention of Sako in this thread; I'd love to see more on the Sako here as I own one in 308 (another gut instinct purchase).
I can keep up with the best of them when it comes to side arms and modern military semi-auto rifles but I'm a bolt action idiot.