Howa center fire rifles?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by bushmaster74, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. bushmaster74

    bushmaster74 New Member

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    Looking to buy a howa bolt gun in 22-250. Was wanting to get some feedback from anyone that owns one.
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    They are a great gun. Great caliber too. What are you gonna use it for?
     

  3. huffmanite

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    Bought a used Howa 1500 in .243 win. about 6 months ago. From what I gather it is one of the early hogue stocked ones, being that it doesn't have the pillar type bedding. Nice rifle, shoots one inch or less groups for me with the right reloads.
     
  4. bushmaster74

    bushmaster74 New Member

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    Plan on using it for varmint and target I like the looks of them. Sounds like you think highly of the brand. Thanks for the input
     
  5. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    I really like my Howa in .223. I got the heavy barrel version and it's really accurate but the barrel is very heavy. I would not be accurate without resting the rifle on something because of the weight.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have shot a couple and they are very good choices for a rifle. well worth the asking price. very decent accuracy. the Howa 1500 and the Weatherby Vanguard are the same rifle with the exception of the stock. yes good choice. and the 22-250 will be an excellent cartridge for varmint hunting.
     
  7. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    A friend has a howa chambered in 300 mag that he lets me borrow when I visit during hunting season. I have made some fantastic shots with that rifle without any practice. It's smooth functioning and it hasn't had any problems. His is an older model with the plain jane houge stock.

    Howa also manufactures Weatherby rifles. Us old farts really like Weatherby rifles. I know a lot of young whippersnappers have never heard of Weatherby but back when we rode dinosaurs to the hunt they were highly sought after rifles.
     
  8. lbwar15

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    They are good guns. I can't remember off the top of my head. Would have to look it up. Winchester or Remington or one of those manufactures uses the same action in one of there modasl as the howa 1500.
     
  9. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    That's it the weatherby vanguard. Boy I got to start reading all the post.
     
  10. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    At one time...
    S&W 1500
     
  11. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Bushmaster,

    The 22-250 is an excellent caliber selection for varmint hunting. I recently bought a Howa 1500 in 270 Winchester caliber with a Leupold 3X9 Scope on it at a sale. I used it in Texas this year. It is a fine rifle and also has an adjustable trigger inside. Mine had just a slight bit of creep which most would not even notice. So it was easy to adjust and eliminate the creep. Would make you a fine rifle.
    Howa made a version of this rifle for both Weatherby and Smith and Wesson also.

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  12. bushmaster74

    bushmaster74 New Member

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    Thank you for all the input. Sounds like I better buy one and see for myself
     
  13. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    You have no idea how correct that statement is
     
  14. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Had a .30-06. It was a very accurate and smooth. A buddy just had to have it, so I sold it.
     
  15. firemedic247

    firemedic247 New Member

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    Here are my Howas.

    The black sporter is my Ranchland 1500 in .22-250 and she's a sweet shooter. Get that trigger adjusted just so and it'll give you sub MOA all day long. My 250 loves 50 grain Hornady V-Max's.

    The same goes for the heavy stainless beast. That's a 1500 varminter in .223. It'll give me sub MOA 5 shot groups all day long as well. Shot my best ever group with it, a .217" 5 shot clover leaf with 55 grain Hornady V-Max factory loads no less.

    Imagine how well they will shoot when I start to hand load.

    Another reason I really like my Howas, as one of the previous members posted, is the adjustable triggers. Sooooo easy to set. I have both of mine set to break at a nice crisp 2.5 lbs with absolutely NO creep.

    Spend the money. You won't be dissatisfied.

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  16. firemedic247

    firemedic247 New Member

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    You said it.