Just purchased a new Howa / Legacy Sports 1500 in Win 300 Mag after doing a lot of reading about the rifle. I first seen it at a local sporting goods store back in December, but was unfamiliar with Howa and the low price suggested caution. Since then I have read nothing but glowing reviews about Howa rifle, and the company in general. Four months later I purchased one new.
So I was looking over the rifle after I returned home last night and noticed a knothole present in the wood stock. I purchased the stainless steel model with the wood stock as I personally like a wood stock over a synthetic one.
Anyway, while looking at the wood grain I noticed the knothole right near the trigger guard on the side. It doesn't feel raised or any different than the other side. It is merely a blemish in that there was a knothole in the wood in that spot when the stock was made. I'm not accustomed to finding knotholes in the wood stocks of new rifles I purchase. I would guess it slipped through quality control but at some point it had to have been noticed at the factory, especially when the finish was applied and so forth.
I am not sure if I should be displeased, concerned, or indifferent about this. Theoretically, the presence of the knothole could mean the stock is not as strong in that area, and could be prone to cracking after some use. On the other hand the knothole gives the stock some character.
Why I am asking is to find out what others might think. I could exchange the rifle. The store where I bought it is about 70 miles away.