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anybody got an opinion on the Howa Model 1500?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by japcraplover89, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. japcraplover89

    japcraplover89 Orting, Washington Member

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    do tell, im looking to get one in .270.

    Tyler.
     
  2. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    Many custom gun makers prefer Howa actions to build around. They are a very good rifle for little money. Have owned them in .243 & .308. Both are/were fine rifles. Kip.
     
  3. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    I enjoy mine. As a gunsmith/rifle builder, I like it because it has the features I wish a Remington had, such as a better extractor, one-piece bolt, and integral recoil lug. As a shooter, I like it because it's becoming more widespread, so aftermarket support is expanding (triggers, bottom metal, stocks, etc). The sight bases are the same as Remington 700, so that's easy as well. My go-to elk gun is a Howa 1500 that I re-barreled into .300 Wby. Standard tuning (faced front ring, lapped lugs, chased receiver threads, etc), and the gun is a tack driver. Most of the ones I've seen shoot very well straight out of the box.
    I wish it said "Made in the USA" on the side instead of Japan, but that's the only negative I have found. I generally prefer it over the other rifles I have owned. I like Rugers and Remingtons, but prefer my Howa.
     
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  4. Beulah Roamer

    Beulah Roamer Oregon New Member

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    I have a Weatherby Vanguard in 06 (which is still made for them) & a 1500 in 22-250. Both are excellent guns. Tack drivers both. theh 06 has bagged me alot of animals. It is now my back up rifle. I got a model 70 with B.O.S.S. a few years back & use it primarily. Howa also made the rifles for S&W, Ithaca & Mossberg (I think on this one) quite a few years ago. I think they are better than Rem's. If I could not find a Winchester, I would take a Howa. They come with 3 position safies, which I dearly love on a rifle, the triggers on both really good out of the box. You cannot go wrong buying one. I do agree with the I wish they said Made in USA.
     
  5. japcraplover89

    japcraplover89 Orting, Washington Member

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    thanks for the feedback guys, i wish i knew someone around that had one so i could fire it. it sounds like a nice rifle, i think it may be my next.
     
  6. DonovanJay

    DonovanJay Southern Oregon Member

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  7. Gwitness

    Gwitness Lake Stevens Wa New Member

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    I own a Howa 1500 in 7mm Rem Mag.....came to me with a trashed stock and rust speckles all over it....had it reblued and it now resides in a Boyd laminated stock, glass bedded and the barrel is floated, with hand loads it shoots far better than me.