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Scope Base: Howa 1500 = Remiington 700 Long Action

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Samgotit, Jun 7, 2009.

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  1. Samgotit

    Samgotit Member

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    Just wondering if someone can confirm that Howa 1500's take the same scope base as a Rem.700 LA.

    I assume they are the same given this from Brownells:

    http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/store/ProductDetail.aspx?p=23786&title=PICATINNY SCOPE BASE

    My confusion stems from the fact that some Howa 1500's are Short Actions and some are Long:
    http://www.legacysports.com/products/howa/specs/specs_baractions.html

    So, do all 700 LA bases fit both Howa Actions?
     
  2. dakotasin

    dakotasin Member

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    if you are using a 2-piece bases, same same.

    if you are using a 1-piece base, la rem is la howa...
     
  3. Arkel23

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    Yes, they do, I have a Weatherby Vanguard and have remington 700 bases on it. Plus on the back of the pack it says it fits Howa 1500 and Weatherby Vanguards.
     
  4. ArmedBear

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    No.

    1-piece 700 LA bases apparently fit Howa LA rifles.

    The SA Howa is shorter than the LA Howa, but may be a slightly different length from the Remington.

    All 2-piece 700 bases fit all Howa rifles.

    I used two-piece Warne bases and QD rings on my .30-06 Vanguard. They work great. I wouldn't be too excited to put that big one-piece Picatinny thing where it makes loading more difficult, anyway.
     
  5. Arkel23

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    Does your Vanguard shoot tight groups?
     
  6. Samgotit

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    Thanks all.

    I'm am a little worried about it myself, but I'm going to try the one-piece Ken Ferrel 20 MOA SA base. They are in stock again, FYI:

    Their site shows they are out of stock, but they do have them. I called today.
    http://www.kenfarrell.com/scan/st=db/co=yes/sf=category/se=Howa 1500/op=eq.html
     
  7. ArmedBear

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    3-shot groups are 1 3/8" at 200 yards off bags (.30-06 Vanguard Sporter, walnut stock). Yes, that's 200 yards. Under 3/4" at 100.

    That's with my 165 grain hunting handloads, nothing special: no special case or primer pocket prep and I just use an RCBS measure with IMR 4350 stick powder, don't even weigh every round. And the thing doesn't work very well with stick powder.:) Hornady BTSP bullets in used Winchester cases farmed from Wal-Mart ammo, some ancient Remington primers I scrounged up because primers seem nonexistent these days.

    My Vanguard was perfectly bore-sighted when I just stuck the 2-piece Warne bases/rings and the scope on the gun. There is absolutely no reason to use some unwieldy 20 MOA one-piece base on this gun IMO. They machine them straight.
     
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