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Howa 1500 #14203712 10/15/19
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Sportsman's Warehouse has the Howa 1500 Hogue stocked rifle for $399. I am thinking about getting one in .308 or 7-08.
They feel pretty good for a basic, no frills hunting rifle. the specs say 7.8 lbs so not real light but doable.

So what experiences do you have with Howa1500?

I already have a Leupold 3x9 to sit on top. Recommend bases or a rail?

Thanks in advance.


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Re: Howa 1500 [Re: SuburbanHunter] #14203768 10/15/19
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I bought a barreled action a few years ago & put it in a laminated stock. Leupold scope, rings & bases. Same bases as the Rem. 700 I believe. It is on the heavy side but it has a very nice two stage trigger & groups under an inch with a few different reloads. The action was very smooth out of the box. Not a finely polished/blued finish but more than good enough for a hunting rifle, and the price. I like it.

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I really like the Howa 1500 rifles. I have owned several and they are problem free, feed and eject smoothly. All I have owned were MOA or better. The only downside is the weight for the standard rifles, but the Alpine and Mini rifles are quite light. They are a great value for the money.


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Re: Howa 1500 [Re: SuburbanHunter] #14204201 10/15/19
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I just bought a HOWA 1500 in their Kuiu model in .223

I like it quite a bit, and the only quirk I found with it is that I needed to fire a number of rounds to get the barrel to be more receptive.

At first it shot only a few select loads well, after 200 rounds it accepts just about anything...


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Howas and vanguards are my favorite rifles. Never had one not be accurate.

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Re: Howa 1500 [Re: SuburbanHunter] #14205144 10/15/19
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Thanks for the feedback!


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Re: Howa 1500 [Re: SuburbanHunter] #14205184 10/15/19
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I have one of their heavy barrel 308. 20". Its put a lot of venison in the freezer.

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I built my daughter a Faux Alpine from one of those Sportsman's Warehouse $399 rifles. If you can find a used or new Howa Alpine stock and use Talley Mounts your rifle should come in right at 7 lbs scoped with your Leupold (I used a VariXIII 2.5-8X36). You can usually pick up used Alpine stocks for around $200, and they are worth every penny.

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I bought one in 6.5x55 at SW for $299. I liked it so well that I treated it to McMillan Edge. It feels just right now. Sadly, I haven't even shot it since I dropped it in the new stock.

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Originally Posted by ingwe
I just bought a HOWA 1500 in their Kuiu model in .223

I like it quite a bit, and the only quirk I found with it is that I needed to fire a number of rounds to get the barrel to be more receptive.

At first it shot only a few select loads well, after 200 rounds it accepts just about anything...



My SW has one of those on closeout for $349. I have had a really hard time not buying it.

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Originally Posted by PaulBarnard
Originally Posted by ingwe
I just bought a HOWA 1500 in their Kuiu model in .223

I like it quite a bit, and the only quirk I found with it is that I needed to fire a number of rounds to get the barrel to be more receptive.

At first it shot only a few select loads well, after 200 rounds it accepts just about anything...



My SW has one of those on closeout for $349. I have had a really hard time not buying it.



Go back and get it! I got mine for $399 and thought THAT was a bargain!


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I've had, and have, multiple Howa 1500's and Weatherby Vanguards in various calibers and styles. Really nice, accurate, rifles. Right now, my 2 most used rifles are Howa's, 1 in 7mm-08 and the other in 223 Rem. Between the 2, I'm covered for anything I'm going to hunt for.


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Good guns but they're tanks. I doubt you'll have any trouble with accuracy or function.


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Originally Posted by tzone
Good guns but they're tanks. I doubt you'll have any trouble with accuracy or function.

This. They are excellent (one of the best IMO) actions, but heavy.

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I have three for some reason. One the most accurate rifles I own is a mid 80's S&W 1500 (made by howa) that I thought I would have shot the barrel out by now. But it still prints, it just has a bit longer throat now than whn it was new laugh


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Re: Howa 1500 [Re: SuburbanHunter] #14214661 10/19/19
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I own a Howa mini action and a Weatherby Vanguard. Like them both. I have some complaints about the Mini Action drop box magazine, and I don’t love the stock on my Vanguard, but otherwise they’ve been flawless. The fit and finish on the Vanguards seems better than the Howas and they are often just as cheap. I prefer the Hogue stock to the Weatherby one but I’m probably in the minority.

If I could build a custom rifle and my gunsmith could work metric threads, I’d start with a Howa action.

Re: Howa 1500 [Re: SuburbanHunter] #14217503 10/20/19
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Recently I been playing with a Howa Mini HB in 6.5 Grendel. Working up reloads for it, and I find it amazing the velocities that you can get out of 31 grains or less of powder with such a little case. It's fun round!!

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Originally Posted by Shadow
Recently I been playing with a Howa Mini HB in 6.5 Grendel. Working up reloads for it, and I find it amazing the velocities that you can get out of 31 grains or less of powder with such a little case. It's fun round!!

Sounds good. Standard contour on layaway still here.


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Re: Howa 1500 [Re: colorado11] #14217626 10/20/19
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Originally Posted by colorado11
I own a Howa mini action and a Weatherby Vanguard. Like them both. I have some complaints about the Mini Action drop box magazine, and I don’t love the stock on my Vanguard, but otherwise they’ve been flawless. The fit and finish on the Vanguards seems better than the Howas and they are often just as cheap. I prefer the Hogue stock to the Weatherby one but I’m probably in the minority.

If I could build a custom rifle and my gunsmith could work metric threads, I’d start with a Howa action.


Is the Vanguard stock that you don't like the current Vanguard2 Griptonite stock or the older style of stock?

I don't care for the older Vanguard stocks, but think that, for me, the V2 Griptonite stock is one of the very best injection molded stocks that manufacturers are currently making.

I like to put my Howa 1500s and Vanguards in McM Hunter stocks, but the B&C Medalist Weatherby style stock is a nice upgrade for under $300 from Stocky's.

Re: Howa 1500 [Re: SuburbanHunter] #14218445 10/21/19
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Thanks for all the great information! Will probably go pick up .308 today.

Is there really a problem finding a smith to work on metric rifles? I don't plan to do anything to it but shoot the heck out of it in the short term but down the road who knows.

so for Scope bases and rings.. I have some bases and rings that from a long action Remington 700. I have read they work on the long action Howa but don't know about the short actions.
Is a one piece rail a better way to go?

Thanks again.


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