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Looking for wisdom and experience. I found a brand new Howa M1500 308 with 20" heavy barrel fluted, hogue stock, and a Niko sterling 4-16x44 mildot scope for $699.99. Is this a good deal? Is Howa a good manufacturer, and is Niko sterling a good scope?
 

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Not so sure about the scope. Pretty sure they are a inexpensive Chinese scope. Howa rifles though are very well made. The same barreled actions are used by Weatherby for their more entry level rifles.
 

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Take a look at the Weatherby Vangaurd S2 24" barrel also..almost the same and the new stocks are nice modeled after the MkIV, about $450.00 and very accurate guaranteed MOA with a great factory set adjustable trigger...I paid a $100.00 more for the stainless in the 30-06...it was the easiest gun I've ever scoped..less then a half box, incredible accuracy...
 

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Thank you sir, I'll change optics as funds become available.
If you are going to change optics, buy one that hasn't any to begin with.

I have a Howa 1500 and the Nikko Sterling scope lasted over 2000 firings before I determined the scope was screwing-up; I'm not so sure it actually is.

If you do get one with a scope, also change the aluminum scope mounts and rings for quality steel ones.
 

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This will be the 2nd bolt action I've ever owned, is their any kind of break-in period I should know about.
 
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