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Old 07-27-2011, 18:58   #1
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Howa floor plate and mag.............

If this has been posted already disreguard. Looking at the Legacy Sports web site today and noticed some new products. Namely the Detachable Magazine Kit!!! Check it out, Detachable Magainze Conversion Kits.

$98.00 for a floorplate and mag, 5 or 10 round. I don't know what kind of mags they are but the floorplate is worth the price compared to what's been available up till now.............
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Old 08-17-2011, 18:23   #2
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Update ..... Now Midway is showing these as coming soon!!! At a slightly better price. Pluss you can buy seperate, bottom metal/triggerguard, mags. Save about $10 over the LSI website.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:21   #3
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Been waiting on these as well... I was saving for a Ruger GSR until I saw they were making these.
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I bought my Howa 1500 over a year ago on sale for $299.00 and still have not shot it. Right after I picked it up the Dad got real sick and we had our hands full helping him out. As luck would it have he passed away last March and we are still trying to get his affairs straightened out. But that has given me time to do a few things, like bed the stock and put a nice coat of olive drab paint on it. Along with a trigger job it's now ready to break in and I'm getting the itch in the worst kind'a way. If it shoots half as good as I expect it'll be a tack driver. Now with a new bottom metal and a couple of 10 round mags plus a nice bi-pod for the front and it will be what I was looking for when I started this quest...... but then I'll just have to start another, or maybe not. Only the shooting will tell....

Oh yes, just have to add. The problems I heard people having with the new Ruger ......... well they just don't happen with these Howa rifles. The bolt feels like it's been hand lapped, just slick as it can be. None of that failure to eject either. Just a real smooth action from unlocking the bolt to pushing the next round home, nice.
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:17   #5
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Oh yeah, my howa feels like all it needs is a slap up, from there it practically cycles itself!
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Update, Midway has the floor plate and mags in stock now, just ordered the pair, floor plate and 10 round mag for $97 shipped.......
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Thanks rutro, I was wanting this for my .308 howa....
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I have one on my .223, ordered it straight from legacy. So far it is outstanding.



There it is next to my Saiga after a nice little paint job. Brings in 1" groups with steel cased imported ammo as well. :-)
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Hey GDKPIKPWG good pic!! I like the paint job. Mine should be here tomorrow and I can't wait to get it finished. I've got a base coat of flat olive drab on the stock so far , just can't decide how I want to finish it yet.......I may leave the barrel and action and scope unpainted for now. But, I sure like the way yours came out!!!
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Many thanks, it actually came out much better than I thought. I ended up going with Krylon ultra flat camo colors. Did a base coat of OD green, some tan stripes, black spots, then misted it all again with the OD green to blend the colors.

Not bad for a $17.50 investment.
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Got to love the Krylon!!! Since they came out with the fusion that actually bonds with the plastics it's the only way to go with the synthetic stocks. Once it cures you can't hardly scratch it off. The ultra flat is the stuff, I've kept some cans of that arround ever since it came out.
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Yeah it bonded really well to the metal and the poly saiga stock. I actually tried to scrape it off of the metal and could not after only 48 hours. Surprisingly however, it is kind of easy to scratch off the smooth portions of the hogue stock. Because it is such an easy to grip texture I thought it would bond without scuffing, looks like I was wrong.

So, if anyone out there is going to follow suit, make sure you scuff up the hogue stock.
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GDKPIKPWG said;

Surprisingly however, it is kind of easy to scratch off the smooth portions of the hogue stock.
Which Hogue stock is that? I can't tell from the pic, is it the soft overmolded type? Just looking at the pics I thought it was just like the one I have which is just a hard plastic "from the factory" synthetic. I think you can get them for like $25 most of the time. Once I take some MarineTex and bed it to the action, some steel 1/4" spacers and pillar bed the action bolt holes and paint it with some ultra flat, then it's good to go for some time and little cost. You can tell I've got more time than money.............
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Here's a pic of the new rig, Glass is a Leatherwood 6.5 - 20 x 44 w/no-math MilDot.
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Originally Posted by rutro View Post
Here's a pic of the new rig, Glass is a Leatherwood 6.5 - 20 x 44 w/no-math MilDot.
Nice, looks good.

It's the soft type hogue on mine. I started from a barreled action went with a overmolded full aluminum bed stock.
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Hey thanks!! Sometimes on those types of plastic there is a kind of a release agent on the surface. I always try cleaning with rubbing alchohol first. If the paint just comes right off that was probably what it was. If you want to scuff it up use a very fine paper like a 1000 grit so the scratches wont show so bad. I wanted one of those when I bought this one, but the only ones they had at the time also came with a scope and I had the Leatherwood already.
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Originally Posted by GDKPIKPWG View Post
I have one on my .223, ordered it straight from legacy. So far it is outstanding.



There it is next to my Saiga after a nice little paint job. Brings in 1" groups with steel cased imported ammo as well. :-)
Your Howa looks awesome! Sweet! It's hard for me to tell, but is it the Ranchland Compact? If so, the accuracy with the thinner, shorter barrel doesn't appear to be an issue if you're snagging 1" groups! This is a concern to me since I am considering a Ranchland in .243 Win. Best!
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No, that's the standard barrel, for .223 I like all the length I can get.

That being said, I did have a ranchland in 308 that shot 3" groups with bear ammo, and that was without the full bed stock.
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Originally Posted by GDKPIKPWG View Post
No, that's the standard barrel, for .223 I like all the length I can get.

That being said, I did have a ranchland in 308 that shot 3" groups with bear ammo, and that was without the full bed stock.
Thanks for the clarification! So I'm guessing a ranchland in .243, with quality factory ammo (or tailored reloads), should be able to cut an inch and a half at 100 yards? If I may ask...did you dump your ranchland because that was the best it could do...or?
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BTW...My apologies to rutro for taking this in an off direction. I actually came to this thread because, as I indicated, I'm in the market for a Howa ranchland and the detachable magazine accessory caught my fancy as well. But first things first...I've got to actually BUY the rifle, so any research helps! Best!
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Hey no prob Reb. The Ranchland with a shorter barrel should have no problem doing moa groups with decent ammo. The .243 cartridge shoots hard and flat to start with and that is a good starting place for sure.
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Originally Posted by rutro View Post
Hey no prob Reb. The Ranchland with a shorter barrel should have no problem doing moa groups with decent ammo. The .243 cartridge shoots hard and flat to start with and that is a good starting place for sure.
Thanks rutro! I'm hoping the ranchland will do as you described. I had a Remmy Model 7 back in the late 1980's. It was a .243 with (if I remember correctly) an 18" barrel. It was a very accurate rifle given its stubby thin barrel. 250+ yard hits on woodchucks/coyotes (even with a hot barrel) was no problem. I have always regretted selling it. I considered one of the newer Model 7's, but was not pleased with the craftsmanship (nor the price) of them. The Howa, IMHO, seems to be the best choice for placing a .243 carbine in my safe once again. Best!
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Not at all, I think 3" with steel cased surplus is pretty decent for an out of the box gun. I would bet that if I had gotten the full bed stock and shot 150 grain wolf instead of the 140 grain bear ammo it would probably be near MOA (or just get hornady 150 gr V-max like Howa says to and probably be sub moa).

Besides, even if it could do no better than 2 MOA with the recommended ammo, that is a 10" group at 500 yards... and I rarely shoot at half that range.
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Thanks for the info, GDKPIKPWG! I'm sure the ranchland will be more than sufficiently accurate for my needs since I rarely shoot 500 yards either! LOL! I've always had excellent results with Hornady's ammo, but I wasn't aware that Howa promoted it for exclusive use in their firearms. I'll have to check that out further! Best!
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No problem. Legacy International (Howa's importer) actually told me to use the Hornady when I emailed them asking for bullet grain recommendations. The sales rep told me that was not only what howa recommended, but also what he uses in his personally owned ranchland.

Heh, now I'm wishing I hadn't sold it!
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