I have heard from a few smiths that the Howa barrels are installed with very high torque and that breaking them loose is a pain. However most have said that with proper action wrench and barrel vise and sufficent leverage they will break loose. Another smith has made a relief cut at the joint between barrel and action face to assist in removal. If I were not going to reuse the take-off barrel, and you had faith in the smith not to damage the action face, I would go with the relief cut. Good Luck.
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