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#6535297 - 11/09/16 09:24 AM Howa Rifle Review
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bought my son a Howa 1500 compact for Christmas. seemed to be a solid little rifle although I had no experience with that brand.

the more and more he uses and carries it, the more and more I like it. solid little gun, not a lot of frills but a hell of a lot more solid than a lot of "base" level rifles I've handled.


his is in 7mm-08 and using hornady custom light ammo its a game killing machine
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#6535301 - 11/09/16 09:25 AM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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Yes, I like my Howa 1500 in 270 Win. It's a good shooter.
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#6535320 - 11/09/16 09:34 AM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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I think what Howa does better than anyone is make "cool" looking rifles. Have you seen the Howa Blackhawk Axiom??? Probably the best looking hunting rig I've seen. They also have plenty of rifles in cool camo patterns like Multicam and Kryptek.

I haven't shot one though. I really don't see many of them at the big box stores.
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#6535334 - 11/09/16 09:40 AM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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That's good to hear. Bought one last Saturday in .223 It'll get put thru the paces this weekend.
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#6535349 - 11/09/16 09:48 AM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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Got one in 22-250. Good little gun

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#6535350 - 11/09/16 09:48 AM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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Howa and wby vanguard are pretty much the same gun. I really like my vanguard.
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#6535380 - 11/09/16 09:58 AM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: redchevy]
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Originally Posted By: redchevy
Howa and wby vanguard are pretty much the same gun. I really like my vanguard.


the two stage trigger threw me a little at first but its a crisp, clean trigger job.


I really can't find one thing I dislike about the gun. I can't say its something I would buy for myself but I'm very pleased with how solid a rifle it is.
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#6535693 - 11/09/16 12:12 PM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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I've got one in .308. Its the sporter barrel and hogue stock. My now wife bought it for me for Christmas 5 years ago. That was prior to their change to the two stage trigger. I just swapped in a Timney trigger today.

It's a dang good shooter for the cost. I'm hoping it tightens up a little more with the better trigger.
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#6536017 - 11/09/16 03:13 PM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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I have a Howa 7 mag with a Hogue stock. Shoots my Nosler 160gr Accubond loads in about a 0.600" group. I traded a stoeger O/U shotgun for it when it was brand new to mess around with. It now has supplanted many of my more expensive hunting guns, it is a bit heavy but so far everything it hits goes down within steps of where it was shot.

I have made a pact with myself not to hunt with it this season, some of my other rifles were getting jealous.

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#6536662 - 11/09/16 09:02 PM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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The Howa 1500 has been around for a long time. Back in about 1984 I bought a Smith & Wesson model 1500 in 7mm Rem Mag that was built on a Howa 1500 action.

As previously mentioned, Howa produces the Weatherby Vanguard actions. It seems that now they're producing and marketing more and more under their own brand rather than contracting for others.
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#6536695 - 11/09/16 09:19 PM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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Always good to see positive reviews on a another option for hunters/ shooters.

I would really like to get my hands on a How's chambered in 6.5 Grendel.
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#6536713 - 11/09/16 09:33 PM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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#6536857 - 11/10/16 05:03 AM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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I'm probably in the minority because I do not feel they are the same gun. They share the same action but have different barrels, stocks and triggers.
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#6536861 - 11/10/16 05:29 AM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: txtrophy85]
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Howa makes rifles to order for outfits like Weatherby, to the customers specification. They've been doing this for a long time.

If you take a close look at the pricey Nosler rifle line for example, you will get a good clue as to where the actions are manufactured.

My favorite Howa-made rifle by far is the Webley & Scott "Empire" rifle, marketed through Legacy Sports. The metal finish is nice, the Walnut stock is excellent, and I like the flush-fitting detachable steel magazine. The price is good too, for what you get. - Slightly less than a Deluxe Vanguard.



I'd take a pass on the scope and mount that they offer in the package deal though, and just order the rifle. Remington mounts work on this action.


Edited by charlesb (11/10/16 05:41 AM)
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#6536984 - 11/10/16 07:18 AM Re: Howa Rifle Review [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
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Always good to see positive reviews on a another option for hunters/ shooters.

I would really like to get my hands on a How's chambered in 6.5 Grendel.


Have you looked at the Black Friday deals from Brownells? They've got Howa barreled actions on sale. I think I saw a 6.5 Grendel listed the other day.
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