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Old 10-31-2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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I am thinking of buying a Howa 1500 barreled action in 243.win. Does anyone have any experience with Howa 1500's? I would be putting a bell and carlson medalist stock on it, any reviews would be greatly appreciated.

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The Howa 1500 rifle action is one of the best bargains on the market.

It is a one piece CNC machined action from the company in Japan. This is not a US made action, and I always throw that out there so the buyer knows the origins.

We have built a ton of rifles on the Howa 1500. It's a very strong action, it has much more rigid strength than a Remy 700 or a Browning, and the flat bottom makes it a bedding dream. The bolt is all one piece, not assembled or brazed/tacked in place and the extractor is a very solid AR style extractor, so you have no worries there.

This action only have 2 locking lugs, but two are plenty and most hunting, shooting rifles only have two. Generally, from the factory, the lugs make good contact with the bolt face and don't need to be hand lapped for consistant lock up.

Weatherby is importing almost the exact same action and assembling it as their Weatherby Vanguard line, which you will notice they are selling with an accuracy guarantee. A large portion of that has to do with how solid the action is.

I built a .25-06 on a Howa Long Action for my grandfather before he passed and he said it was the nicest shooting long gun he had ever shot. But I think he was probably biased.

I think you have made and excellent choice in going with the Howa. Bell & Carlson is a very good stock company and they make a great stock that is a drop in for the Howa 1500 and a good bedding job. If you combine those components, and you do your part, I think you will have an moa shooting rifle out to 400 or 500 fairly easily.

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OMG Dillinger has a Stiffy again because someone said HOWA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Silence Infidel. Go play in your own question Tango thread.....

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I am thinking of buying it in a 308, is there another caliber you would recommend for long range antelope?

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Are you looking to stay with a short action rifle? If so, the .308 will do the job.

If you are thinking of a long action, the .30-06 will do much more than the .308 because it can be uploaded or downloaded depending on game in question.

I am sure several hunters will be along shortly to weigh in. Hunting animals is not my thing...

Look forward to hearing an update on your purchase and seeing how you like it.

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I would like to stay with a short action, if i was going to a long action, i was thinking of the 264 win mag. But i'd like to stay short action, at 500 and 600 yards the 308 with 150 grain handloads should drop an antelope.

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I would also like it to have a heavy barrel.

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Heavy barrel for antelope hunting? Are you a sadist?

The heavy barrel is more accurate, but a lot more weight on the front end of the gun, and if you are hiking, especially backpacking, that weight is going to wear on you.

Might I suggest putting some heavy flutes in the barrel to take away some of the weight and keep the rigid, heavy barrel bonuses?

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If you want a short action for long range take a look at a 7mm-08, or a .260.

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