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Anyone own a Howa 1500?
Old 07-21-2010, 08:44 PM
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Default Anyone own a Howa 1500?

After the frustration on last week's hunt when I couldn't be comfortable hitting foxes at 200m with bigger cals I've been forced to come to the conclusion that I need a small calibre varmint/predator rifle.
Considering range and cost and flexibility and bbl life 223 seems to be the best cal.
Howa has just come out with a new system whereby you can order a rifle to your spec with choices in all stuff:
  • cal - 204 Ruger, 223, 22-250, 243, 270, 7mm Rem Mag, 308 Win, 30-06, 300 Win Mag.
  • metal - blued or stainless
  • action - short or long
  • bbl - sporter or varmint
  • stock - synthetic, Hogue overmoulded black, green or camo, synth pistol grip tactical stock or varmint thumbhole laminate
They also do a choice of Nikko Sterling scopes but I'd give that a miss.
To top it off Howa also has a new adjustable trigger on the 1500 that's meant to be a lot better.
The prices start around $630 for the green or black Hogue stocked blued sporter bbl model.
What I'd love to have would be a Ruger No1 Varmint in 223 but I suspect a Howa stainless Hogue green or camo may but what I'll have to get instead as the No1 is $1500.
Has anyone else got a Howa?
How do you find them?
Cheers & God Bless
22lr ~ 22 Hornet ~ 25-20 ~ 303/25 ~ 7mm-08 ~ 303 British ~ 310 Cadet ~ 9.3x62 ~ 450/400 N.E. 3"

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