Howa 6mm BR build

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  1. andym79

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    Hi guys, I am going to build a Howa rifle in 6mm BR.

    A Krieger barrel is on order. I have a 243 donor rifle.

    I am set on my projectile and twist, but am not sure what stock or chassis to go for!

    I am looking for one that will maximize accuracy potential without breaking the bank.

    Please recommend stocks or chassis to go for.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Wreck-n-Crew

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    What model is the Howa? Is it for competition or just a long range bench gun?
     
  3. farmerboy78

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    what style shooting?
     
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    Howa 1500, for 200-300 yard varmint hunting and 200 yard benchrest shooting. Local club competition not serious level benchrest.

    1:13 Twist for 65-70grs.
     
  5. Joelpat

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    I put my Howa Mini into an MDT LSS-XL. It shoots great, but it’s heavy and expensive. It cost the same as my graphite McMillan stocks, or more. Looks nice, shoots nice, but looking back I wish I had gone a different direction.
     
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    What would you do different
     
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    I think you’ll like the 6mmBR. I recently got into the 6BRA (Ackley variant) and find it almost as easy to tune as a .308 and very accurate.

    As far as stocks go, I’d look at McMillan first. They have a great variety and most compatible with your action. The only down side is the 5-6 month wait.

    One of their options I’d consider is the A5

    https://mcmillanusa.com/mcmillan-rifle-stocks/tactical-stocks-a5/
     
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    I've been happy with the Bell and Carlson stock on my 1500. They usually have them in inventory and they're less expensive than most. I believe they're made with a solid metal rib instead of inserts like the cheap stocks. I put a varmint/tactical style on my .223 and it made a big difference at 200 yds.
     
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    Honestly I'm a little embarrassed by it. I have a fairly robust gun budget. Sometimes I buy things that I think are cool, and anyone looking at the product could tell that it isn't going to be what I really want. My intent with the howa was a lightweight backpacking gun. I liked the folding stock on the mdt. I could clearly see the weight was going to be an issue, and I ignored it. The rifle I ended up with is a fair bit heavier than my M70 fwt in a graphite mcmillan stock, and shorter ranged. If I want to do a backcountry hunt, I'm still going to take my M70.

    What I should have done, aside from not doing the project at all (and I did it because I got a screaming deal on the barrelled action), is put it in another mcmillan. But, with all that said, I like my Howa/MDT and it shoots well. I took a few deer with it this year. I guess if I run into someone looking to buy the MDT I will put a McMillan on it, otherwise it's fun to have.

    Then again, I don't even know if McMillan makes a stock for the mini.
     
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    for some time i have wanted to build a light weight deer/varmint rifle in a benchrest cartridge like the 6ppc and 6br and there variants, depending on the action i can get. my cz 527 would be nice, but even a 700 would do fine. i do wonder how these benchrest rounds would acted with a very light barrel like a 0 or #1 contour.
     
  11. Nature Boy
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    If barrel weight is a concern, and there’s room in the budget for it, you might consider a PROOF carbon fiber option. I went with one on my customized FN SPR. I had some doubts about it when I started developing loads for it but after sorting out some tangential issues I believe it lives up to the marketing claims of having the weight of a sporter contour with the performance of a target contour.

    This was for a .308. My 6BRA is strictly a target rifle dedicated to F Class shooting, for what it’s worth
     
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    i could never afford a proof barrel, but on the little cz ation even a med barrel will be light. i was thinking 22 inch with the 6ppc, which i think is about optimum with it. i would like to do a mannlicher to.
     
  13. divingin

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    I'm running a Krieger 13.5 twist, 1.25" straight as my short range barrel. It loves the Berger Column bullet ahead of 31 gn of Varget. Averages a little less than 1/4" (center to center), with occasional forays into the sub-tenth range.

    Best of luck with yours!
     
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