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Old 02-15-2010, 02:22   #1
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Howa 1500 .308

I just wanted to comment on my newest and favorite bolt action rifle (non-military) that I have ever owned, I like it so much after shooting 700 rounds through it over a month that I sold my Remington 700 & Ruger 77...

It's a Howa 1500 .308, "22 inch barrel, standard in a Hogue stock. The rifle is so smooth and accurate that it blows my mind that I don't ever see them advertised in magazines. I got mine for less than $500 and can only say the accuracy is beyond what I ever had with my Remington & Ruger, plus both of them cost me over $800 a piece. Don't get me wrong, Remington & Ruger make very accurate & super rifles, but for the money, I have found my Howa to be a much better value, and accuracy, OUT OF THE BOX, man...

If you want a great bolt action rifle with accuracy that will truly amaze, go to http://legacysports.com/products/howa/index.html , or search for the rifles on gunbroker or auction arms.

A great value & powerful package.

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I've been researching Howa for the past week, and I have been finding some very interesting reviews. I'm going to my LGS this afternoon and ordering a Howa 1500 ranchland compact in .223, I'm looking for the OD Green stock. It has a 20" barrel, 40" overall length. I have mostly CZ's rifles and they have all been good, this should be a nice change and a nice compairson.
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Howa has been producing good rifle for decades. snipercentral has used them as the base for their custom built sniper rifles. Congrats on a good rifle.
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Thanks, they quoted me a price of $450 (ranchland compact .223). It should be here in a few days. I ordered the green hogue stock, I'm stoked!
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Originally Posted by Nerostarr View Post
Thanks, they quoted me a price of $450 (ranchland compact .223). It should be here in a few days. I ordered the green hogue stock, I'm stoked!
The bull barreled .223 looks pretty interesting to me. Wish I had some cash laying around!
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Great man. Congrats. I love my .308 and am now looking to buy a smaller caliber, maybe a .223 or .22-250...

There is this gun seller on gunbroker who sells brand new actions & barrels for like $350, he'll ship them to your FFL and you buy your own stock, that's what I am going to do on my next one...I figure I could get out of the door for less than $450 with a Hogue stock...

The dealer on gunbroker is from Georgia his name is Sportsmanssafari and he doesn't charge shipping...which is a clincher for me... He also ships to California which alot of sellers don't.

Congrats on your purchase, you'll be very happy...
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Originally Posted by Nerostarr View Post
I've been researching Howa for the past week, and I have been finding some very interesting reviews. I'm going to my LGS this afternoon and ordering a Howa 1500 ranchland compact in .223, I'm looking for the OD Green stock. It has a 20" barrel, 40" overall length. I have mostly CZ's rifles and they have all been good, this should be a nice change and a nice compairson.
I also have the green OD Hogue stock on mine, I will be posting pictures on the Bolt Action picture page...


Beautiful rifle.
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They are a great rifle. The action is similar to the Remington only stronger. The bolt handle is forged right along with bolt, they are one piece, the tiggers are adjustable and can be adjusted for a darn nice pull, they have a claw type extractor and the ejector is in the bolt head. Overall avery nice and smooth working design. They are made in Japan.
The only drawback is if you have one re barreled, they have a metric thread which is more of a pain to cut and there are not as great of selection of stocks available.
The barrels are screwed on really tight. I re barreled one once and had to cut the barrel right in front of the shoulder down to the major thread to remove it.
I had one in .223 and really liked it.

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Just got my axiom Howa in 308. Nice rifle shoots better than I do.

Bought a Millett Tactical scope to go with. It has problems and is going back. Sucks but someone has to get the bad one.

Hope it all works out in the end. Millett sounds like they take care of problems?

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Thanks Sarge

I have been torn on a Savage 10FP, short barrel, BUT I am a proud papa of a little 9 month old girl, and the Howa is roughly $200 less than the Savage. I was fortunate to hold a OD Green stocked Howa like yours, and I was very surprised. Trigger pull was very lite, great feel, etc. I really like the Savage, but $200 less can go a looong way for my little one. What are your thoughts of a Savage 10FP?
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Originally Posted by Solvo Pium View Post
I have been torn on a Savage 10FP, short barrel, BUT I am a proud papa of a little 9 month old girl, and the Howa is roughly $200 less than the Savage. I was fortunate to hold a OD Green stocked Howa like yours, and I was very surprised. Trigger pull was very lite, great feel, etc. I really like the Savage, but $200 less can go a looong way for my little one. What are your thoughts of a Savage 10FP?


1st off Solvo, CONGRATS on your baby girl, God you gotta love them, My baby girls are now 27 & 25, but being a proud poppa NEVER leaves you...
On to the firearm, Savage makes an Extraordinarily AWESOME rifle, absolutely top notch, you will not go wrong by buying a Savage, I am not familiar with the 10FP, but all Savage products are great so no problems there...on the other hand I feel HOWA is right up there with them, and am now the proud owner of a .30-06 Howa 1500 along with my .308, and man, out of the box, I know I keep repeating myself, but for less than $500 I have a superlative long range high powered bolt action that I would put up against anyother...

Save the $200 for your daughter...buy her something nice...and Get the Howa!!!

Good luck to you!!!

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I have heard great things about the Howa's. I was offered a Savage 10 in 30-06 for $400 but I have a Rem 700 in 30-06. My nephew was going to get a Howa in 308, I may look at the 243 for my daughter.
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they are nice rifles, but I have never seen any that are good deals
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Originally Posted by tri70 View Post
I have heard great things about the Howa's. I was offered a Savage 10 in 30-06 for $400 but I have a Rem 700 in 30-06. My nephew was going to get a Howa in 308, I may look at the 243 for my daughter.
Good luck to you on that...

Howa & Weatherby have interchangeable stocks and parts and there is some connection between the 2, But Howa is owned by Howa out of Japan, they made rifles for the Japanese military during WWII and are a major manufacturing factory in Japan. Weatherby, which used to be 100% American made in California now I believe are made in Japan...need to double check that but that's what I have been told.

American distribution of Howa Precision Rifles & Actions are through Legacy Sports Int'l out of Las Vegas...

http://legacysports.com/products/howa/index.html

There are some great deals available...You can get a complete action & barrel and drop it in a Hogue stock and spend less than $450 if you go to gunbroker or Ebay and find a stock...

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