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Old 07-07-2011, 04:52   #1
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I understand that this is a 1500 in a different suit (Hogue overmolded stock) with a 20 inch barrel. Seems like it would be a great truck/brush gun in .308 for hogs, deer, black bear and coyotes alike. Any thoughts or experiences to share?
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A good friend of mine has a 1500 and it is a great rifle. His shoots very well and has had no problems what so ever. I would guess a 20" .243 or .308 would be a great truck gun and would just hammer hogs and other various varmints. I like compact rifles and have been often tempted by this one. If you pick it up, please post a full report.

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I hear it is a more affordable route for those who want a Rem 700. I held one in a gunshop and almost bought it on the spot... As always, Hogue makes one hell of a nice handling stock.
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I use a weatherby vanguard (made by howa), and its a fine shooting rifle. the heavy stock reduces the amount of recoil, which makes for a pleasant shooting experience.

As for shootablility, I think the howa is a better shooting rifle then my remington model 700 mountain rifle in 280/7mm express. The heavier barrel and stock of the howa makes it kick a lot less then my remington 700 mountain rifle.

Here is an 8 point whitetail taken a few years ago with a 270.

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So how is the trigger on these Howa/Weatherby Vanguard rifles? I am thinking seriously about the Vanguard Synthetic in .308 with 24" barrel.
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Hey Woodstock,
The trigger on my new 1500 was a bit heavy as all of them are now. But it is adjustable............ I did a quick search for info on how-to and found what I needed in short order. A few minuits later and it is NICE, brakes at 3# like a glass rod. Nothing to it but to do it!!!
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Thanks, that is what I was hoping to hear. I looked at one at Wally World today but didn't handle it any. It seems like the perfect rifle for $400. Synthetic stock, 24inch barrel, what more do I need besides a good scope?
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Hey what kind of synthetic stock? Is it a Hogue or the hard plastic generic from Howa/Legacy Sports? That's a good price for the Hogue but a little high for the other. I gave $299.00 for mine on sale. Those Hogue stocks usualy have an aluminum stock liner and never need bedding, supposedly........ I still do mine the old fashion way.
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Just noticed that Howa is useing a new 2-stage trigger on their rifles now also. If you're looking at the new one it will only have a two position safety. The old triggers have a 3-position safety. Claims to be a better trigger,
Howa is equipping each barreled action with the new Howa Actuator Controlled Trigger (HACT) system that eliminates trigger creep and lightens trigger pull. The HACT will fit all Howa M-1500 rifles that were previously equipped with their three position safety.
The HACT trigger assembly is a completely redesigned trigger and sear unit that actually creates a two-stage trigger. This allows the shooter to take up trigger creep before squeezing through to touch off the round. The HACT trigger system allows for a lighter let-off - factory set at 3 lbs - eliminating trigger jerk, or pulling off the shot because the trigger pull is too heavy.
The other improvement that the HACT offers is in safety. Most triggers use an indirect sear lock, meaning, the safety locks the trigger and the trigger locks the sear. With lightened triggers that have been worked on after the sale, this can be dangerous because a hard bump can set off the sear, even if the safety is engaged. With the new HACT trigger, we use a direct sear lock, where a cross pin locks the sear, preventing any accidental discharges.
Sounds like it was lawyer inspired, but ya can't blaim 'em for changing and it sounds like a nice trigger.
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As for the stock, I'm not sure it is either. They claim it is "the easily recognizable Weatherby Monte Carlo style stock".
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