I am going to buy a new gun very soon and I am thinking on getting the Howa Axiom due to the fact I can shorten it up for the kids when they are ready to go hunting. I also fell in love with the Thumbhole stock Varminter in the grey laminate called "pepper" by Howa. What are your thoughts on the Axiom and the Varminter? Also does anyone have any experience with the Stirling scopes? They seem AWFUL inexpensive for the power of the scopes! Such as 6-24x44 for $265.00. More than Likely I am going to spring for a Nikon or the CDS by Leupold. Let's hear it good or bad!! Thanks!