Out of the box, the windage was dead on, and it hit to point of aim out to 75 yards. At 100 yards, using my range bag for a rest, it grouped 7 out of 8 rounds into a 4" circle. This was with 158gr copper-plated truncated cone rounds from LAX ammo. There was a very predictable 4" drop at 100 yards with it. All 10 .357 Magnum rounds were easy to load.
Cycling was smooth and flawless, without a single catch, and the trigger felt like it weighed in just a bit over five pounds and broke cleanly, with almost no take up. It was an absolute dream to shoot.
Of course, the finish was smooth, with a subtle gloss, and the would met the metal, with no gaps and only a slight rise of the wood above the metal where they met. I found myself just admiring the appearance od the rifle for several minutes after I got done cleaning it from the first trip out.