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Old 03-21-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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Just got back from taking my first shots with my new Howa 1500 .223 24" heavy barrel. I must say I feel this was money well spent. The scope I use for this gun is a Nikon buckmaster 4.5-14X. I used Remington UMC 55gr MC bullets which are available at the wal-mart near me for less than $10 a box. Here are the results.
The gun with scope.
Howa 1500 First time shooting - General Rifle Discussion
Target at 90 yards, 6 shots.
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Target at 185 yards, 5 shots and the one in the lower right I knew I pulled before the bullet hit the target.
Howa 1500 First time shooting - General Rifle Discussion

That's a 3/4" wrench in the target pictures because I could not find a ruler. All shots taken from a portable bench rest. I didn't know where you are supposed to measure holes for groupings either so I guess you all can tell me what it shoots, all I know is it shot very well especially for using some cheap ammo. I don't have access to handloads but I might get a box of the good stuff to see if I notice any improvement.

Can't think of any real complaints about the gun. Action is nice and smooth, trigger pull is light but not unsafe, recoil is hardly noticeable, the only negative about this gun would be for a hunter, its heavy, very very heavy because of the barrel but I am only using it for targets and fun.
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:58 PM   #2
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That is good shooting there. I might have to look at getting one of these.

I love the wrench idea that is good. Now I expect you to do this on every group you post here.
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Old 03-23-2009, 07:32 AM   #3
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Groups are measured center to center at the widest point. You can simplify this by measuring from left edge to left edge, right edge, top edge . . .

My avatar is a FIVE shot group at 100 yds, Rem. 223 out of a Rem 700 Police. Circle is 1" diam.

If you can't find a ruler, use a coin. We all have one of those we can compare.

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Good looking rifle. I just got a Savage 12 BTV with a 26" bbl that looks almost like your rifle, thumbhole and all. Hope the Savage shoots as good as yours. Try some good ammo, and I bet groups will be better. Those rem loads shoot shotgun patterns from my nornally sub moa Armalite M15. Same results with the rem 55 grain FMJ component bullet that I reloaded.
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