Bringing home the new baby: I have been looking at this rifle on the Shelf at the local gun store for over a year, waiting until I was ready to spend $1,200. I really lucked out because it just didn't sell and in time they dropped the price repeatedly until I took it out the door for $799.95! This is going to be the last long gun that I buy for a while, but have no pity on me: this is because my safe is so full I will have to sell something first to make room. Now brothers, if that's not a first-world problem I don't know what it is. But also this is because I have finally bought a gun that I think will lure me away from most of my other guns. This is the Savage Model 12 VLP (Varminter Low Profile.) This one is stainless steel with a heavy 24" fluted barrel, the Accutrigger, and the fancy laminated plywood stock. It has a nice rubber recoil pad too. It's chambered in .223 Rem. This is the gun that I should have bought when I bought the AR-15, and because I have developed a love for the .223 cartridge, I think I'm going to enjoy it twice as much as an AR, and yet shoot 1/10 much ammo, and probably with ten times the effectiveness. The bolt is engine turned and has the Savage logo etched with black chrome into it. That's one massive bolt handle too! That bolt could handle almost any caliber. The Locking lugs are huge, dwarfing the tiny .223 bolt face. The only thing I don't like about this rifle so far is that I want to buy more magazines but the magazines look really expensive! The top part is blued steel sheet metal but the bottom is investment cast stainless steel. I wouldn't want to carry this rifle around all day unless I needed some exercise, because at 10.2 lbs unloaded it is one heavy piece. Anyhow I'm hoping that the target performance of this thing will be exceptional once it's broken in and adjusted. I don't have a silver scope for it yet, and I have been shopping for one with very little success.