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Offline Commando

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Howa rifles
« on: October 11, 2017, 05:38:30 AM »
Anyone have experience with howa rifles? I was thinking of picking up a howa hogue at sportsmans warehouse. They got a sale going on and was thinking of getting one in 30-06, 300, or 7mm-08.  I don't have a rifle and normally archery hunt but thought it would be a good idea to pick up a rifle for bear hunting or going out and shooting a few target every now and than

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Re: Howa rifles
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 05:52:53 AM »
Killer deal $399 for package.  You will eventually want to replace scope if you use it a lot.  Get the green stock in 7mm mag or 300 win and you are set for anything.  It is a lil heavy at 9.5# but will keep recoil down.   Wouldnt get in smaller calibers for that reason.

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Re: Howa rifles
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 06:36:37 AM »
I had a Weatherby Vanguard (made by Howa) in .300 Win mag for years.  It was a very accurate rifle, but too heavy.  With scope and sling it weighed in at over 9 lbs.  There were days when I felt like just leaving it out in the woods rather then lugging it miles back to the truck one more time.  I finally sold it..................

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Re: Howa rifles
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 11:28:12 AM »
I've got a Howa 1500 in .308 and love it. A little on the heavy side with the bull barrel, but it is a pleasure to shoot compared to other .308 rifles I've shot.

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Re: Howa rifles
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 05:49:14 PM »
I have a weatherby vanguard in 308 which has been mentioned by others to be the same action and barrel as the Howa. To me it is a great gun, it has great balance, enough weight to keep the recoil down, the metal work is surprisingly good, and after one day at the range cooking up loads I got it down to 1/2 MOA with a handload. Some folks don't like the trigger, as a hunting rifle it doesn't bother me. If a person was wanting to use it as a target rifle I would say it is ill equipped. I have the gen 1 with a synthetic stock and half the reason I bought it is that it has a nice sturdy stock, not one that feels like it came off a toy. So buy it and enjoy!

I would suggest 308 or 7mm-08, they both have great bullet selection, can match 30-06 in performance with hand loads, have low recoil and the short action makes the rifle easier to handle. Unless you really need to make a 400+ yard shot on an elk (that opportunity does not happen very often on the westside) then you don't need a magnum. To many folks get caught up in the bigger is better mentality, buy what you shoot well. I have a savage 7mm rem mag and I take out the 308 because it is more fun to shoot, more accurate, cheaper to reload, and can kill the animal without tons of blood shot.
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Re: Howa rifles
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 10:52:43 PM »
I have a Smith & Wesson 1500 in 30.06 made by Howa.  I have shot it over 30 years and it has performed flawlessly.  I believe Howa builds a good rifle for a good price.

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Re: Howa rifles
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2017, 11:06:13 AM »
I have a .270 howa 1500.
HS precision stock, and good glass. Drives tacks.
The stock trigger is adjustable so I kept it and took it down in pounds.
Barrels are hammer forged and replaceable but have a metric thread on them. Thing seems machined very well and has tight tolerances.
Sleeper rifles for sure. Not sure why they don't do a better job at marketing.
Mine  prefers premium or handload ammo and gets sub moa groups.
« Last Edit: October 12, 2017, 11:17:01 AM by T-Dozzer »

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Re: Howa rifles
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2017, 12:20:11 PM »
I've got a 6 5 creedmoor gameking package. I ditched the scope,  though I was usable, and bedded it into a Boyd's pro varmint stock. Adjusted the trigger down some, (no idea what the poundage is).

I wasn't super impressed with it until i got about 120 rounds through it. It was a solid 1.5" at 100 gun, but I expected more. I cleaned the barrel with some sweets 7.62 around #113 down the tube. By 118-120 it was shooting sub moa 5 shot groups easily. If I take my time and do my part it'll shoot closer to.5 moa.

It's not the first Howa I've heard needing a longer then normal break in.
To me, it has one of the best triggers in a factory gun, and I love the 3 poistion safety. I'm going to build a 300 win mag using one of their bsrrled actions later this winter.

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Re: Howa rifles
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2017, 12:20:39 PM »
I've had a couple of them.  First one was a little Weatherby Vanguard with a 20in HB in 223 that I bought at Sportsman Warehouse on sale for $299 about 15 years ago.  Was one of the best shooting factory guns I've ever owned.  The other was a Howa 1500 270 Win that I bought super cheap and used the action for a semi custom 6.5-06ai build.  Still have that one and it shoots every bit as good as some of my full customs that cost twice as much.

Biggest complaint I ever had with them was the triggers were pretty bad but that was a quick and easy fix with a Timney but I've heard the newer ones have a much better trigger in them.

 

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