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#6228817 - 03/18/16 08:47 PM Howa Rifles
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Registered: 03/10/14
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Loc: Katy, TX
I'm looking at getting a new rifle, after my old faithful 700 was stolen. I have a ton of 25-06 ammo so I'm gonna be going with another one in that caliber. Any of you guys own a Howa? Sounds like a heck of a rifle at a darn good price. Even looks like the rifle & optic packages they offer aren't too bad
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#6228899 - 03/18/16 09:54 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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I had one in 270 SS and let my son use it and he traded it off for who knows what. my favorite gun until I picked up a Weatherby Vanguard in 308, they are made by Howa. Great shooting guns.
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#6228905 - 03/18/16 09:57 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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One followed me home last week. 308 w/ the optics. Sold the optics. Going to the range this weekend and give it a whirl. Howa builds the Weatherby Vanguard S2's, same basic rifle with a different stock and a 22" barrel instead of the 24" one's on the Wby's.
All of my Vanguards are sub-moa shooters.

The optics are ok for the casual hunter. If you plan on putting some rounds down the pipe more so than the average 'hunter' out there, toss, or sell, the glass and put something you like on there.

They're good rifles for the money.
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#6229042 - 03/19/16 06:23 AM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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Cool, thanks for the validation. I wouldn't say I'm a casual hunter, and I'm a bit of a Vortex snob. Oil's in the crapper right now though, so until we're back to more consistent work, I gotta hold off on unnecessary purchases like $700 optics. For now I just need something that'll consistently hold a group out to 300 or so
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#6229066 - 03/19/16 07:32 AM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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Registered: 01/01/13
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Loc: San Antonio Texas
I own the Howa 1500 short barrel 308 and is by far the best shooting riffle i have, shoots sub moa all day long the scope was ok but I am with Bbear put the scope on a different riffle and put some quality glass on the riffle.

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#6229093 - 03/19/16 08:22 AM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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Any of you guys get the magazine adapter?
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#6229095 - 03/19/16 08:30 AM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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Registered: 11/02/09
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I bought one for my daughter. The gun is super accurate[less than MOA] & has functioned perfectly. Wouldn't hesitate to buy another.


Edited by DUKFVR (03/19/16 08:31 AM)

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#6229305 - 03/19/16 12:58 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
Red Cloud Offline
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Registered: 09/04/09
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I also had a Howa .270 Win. built at the time as a Smith & Wesson 1500, Excellent rifle, I would not hesitate to buy another one. Mine was stolen many years ago and I replaced it with a Model 70, .270 Wby magnum.

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#6229419 - 03/19/16 03:19 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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Registered: 04/26/13
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Loc: Lampasas
I have had a 204 for about 5 years and it will drive tacks. Wouldn't
trade it for anything.

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#6230337 - 03/20/16 01:16 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
LinkATX Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
Posts: 30
I have a Howa 1500 in 25-06 I purchased at Academy. It came with a Houge stock and it shoots lights out. 22'' barrel. Great gun that I've taken multiple deer and hogs with 100 grain core-lokts.

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#6230340 - 03/20/16 01:21 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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I have a Howa ranchland 22-250. It's a fine shooter too.
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#6230561 - 03/20/16 06:14 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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My first rifle I ever bought was a Howa 1500 in 270 Win. I have used it for many years and even take a long range class out to 1K yards with it. It will shoot very well with good ammo.
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#6231551 - 03/21/16 02:13 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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Loc: West Texas
Ok, I took my Howa 308 out yesterday and ran some rounds through it. Seems it really likes the new 4451 and the 165 gr SGK's. 5 shot group went right at .75" @ 100.
Tried some 180 Nos. BT's out of it and it liked the IMR 4350 putting 3 SGK soft points into a nice 1/2" group.

I need to sand out the barrel channel a bit but other than that, it's gtg laugh
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#6232843 - 03/22/16 02:44 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: THETEXAN]
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Originally Posted By: THETEXAN
I have a Howa ranchland 22-250. It's a fine shooter too.



I have the same Weapon in a .223 and use it for the "Ranger" weapon road hunting and right as the rain up
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#6232930 - 03/22/16 04:05 PM Re: Howa Rifles [Re: Fishuhalik]
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Brownells is starting to sell all figurations of Howa barreled actions. Would make a great build.
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