December 21, 2007, 08:55 PM
Son in Law called this afternoon & said his Mother bought his Dad a Howa. Chambered in .308, it is bolt. I think he said a Model 1500.
What do you guys think of the gun for an occasional hunter?
I have read some reviews but never even held one.
Thank you in advance.

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December 21, 2007, 09:07 PM
I think a lot of the gun for any purpose, occasional or every day. Quality gun.

I've seen a custom prairie dog .223 build on a Howa barreled action; shoots jagged holes, not groups. I own a Weatherby Vanguard Sporter, also a Howa barreled action, in .30-06. Shoots excellent groups, solidly built.

December 21, 2007, 09:16 PM
Thank you sir I that is what I thought but wanted a hands on recomendation.

December 21, 2007, 09:19 PM
Very good rifles by all accounts.

December 21, 2007, 10:52 PM
Thank you my friend.
See you around.
Merry Christmas.

December 21, 2007, 11:58 PM
I've got a youth 7mm08, I ended up using it in blinds. Nice gun, I need to put some new glass on it. I have a stainless 2506 that really doesn't group well off a bench, but I have made the most amazing shots with it. My favorite hunting rifle in either safe now, and I'm a Savage nut.

December 22, 2007, 12:33 AM
I have a Weatherby Vanguard made by Howa.
According to my research, Howa made triggers for some other companies. They also made S&W 1500's & I think some Mossberg rifles.
All accounts are good.

December 22, 2007, 12:55 AM
the best overall made , of the entry level rifles. solid , forged, one piece type parts, plus other excellent goodies in the stock, and action parts.
A solid performer.

December 22, 2007, 02:05 AM
I've come close to buying one several times and think they are a quality gun. This may not be an issue to everyone, but my only complaint, and the only reason I've never bought one is because they are so heavy. At 7 3/4 pounds they are a full pound or more heavier than a lot of their competators.

December 22, 2007, 06:02 AM
I have a HOWA 1500 varminter supreme. It's awesome!!!...but very heavy especially with the bull barrel. You can't beat it for the money though. I sighted it in clamped into a rifle rest and at 100 yards the groupings were smaller than dimes. Laying prone I got them about the size of a quarter.

December 22, 2007, 11:59 AM

My Howa 1500 .30-'06
This is what it can do at 100 yards. It could do better... but I couldn't.

December 22, 2007, 02:04 PM
I have a bunch of Howa and/or Vanguard rifles...

They're absolutely the best buy available in this country right now, considering the quality that you're getting for the money.

They'd even be a good buy if they cost appreciably more...

Your S-I-Ls mother did well...


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