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Posted: 12/3/2021 10:44:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: chargerkid5]
What's the general consensus on Howa 1500 for a serviceable economical long distance rifle? I'd like a 300 mag and have always been partial to the Remington 700 but Remington being what it's not anymore I've kind of tabled that.

I just like banging steel at 1k or maybe a bit longer. 1moa is all I'm after.
Link Posted: 12/3/2021 11:32:19 AM EDT
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My understanding is that Howa is the actual manufacturer of Weatherbys.  A while back they simply started making some guns under their own name, generally solid working class guns.
Link Posted: 12/3/2021 12:03:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: mi650] [#2]
I have a 6.5C in the Oryx chassis.  It's shot some pretty good groups.

Can't see any reason why it wouldn't do well at distance.
Link Posted: 12/3/2021 12:53:22 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By MarkHatfield:
My understanding is that Howa is the actual manufacturer of Weatherbys.  A while back they simply started making some guns under their own name, generally solid working class guns.
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Weatherby Vanguards yes. Not the Mk V.

Howa are really exceptionally well made rifles.
Link Posted: 12/3/2021 1:45:46 PM EDT
[#4]
I'm sure you would be happy with a Howa.
Link Posted: 12/3/2021 2:12:30 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By chargerkid5: I'd like a 300 mag
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I've had several .300 Win Mags.........the most accurate was a Howa with a Vais brake.
Link Posted: 12/4/2021 4:21:19 AM EDT
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Aren't they made in Japan?
Link Posted: 12/4/2021 4:39:08 AM EDT
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Aren't they made in Japan?
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Yes they are and they are made very well in Japan.
Link Posted: 12/5/2021 1:31:51 PM EDT
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I love my howa 308.  

I recently shot a .354MOA group at 100.  

Just stay away from the ammo boost mags.   Garbage.  

You’ll end up spending more on bottom metal with a few mods, or a KRG chassis. To get AICS comparability.
Link Posted: 12/5/2021 8:28:04 PM EDT
[#9]
Thank you all. Convinced me to spring for the howa.
Link Posted: 12/5/2021 8:52:37 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By chargerkid5:
Thank you all. Convinced me to spring for the howa.
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You won’t be disappointed.
Link Posted: 12/5/2021 9:34:53 PM EDT
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Howa 1500s have been a "sleeper" for a very long time. I still regret not springing for a .220 Swift when they were making them-- but a Creedmore would be nice.
Link Posted: 12/5/2021 10:03:58 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ballisticxlr:
Weatherby Vanguards yes. Not the Mk V.

Howa are really exceptionally well made rifles.
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Originally Posted By ballisticxlr:
Originally Posted By MarkHatfield:
My understanding is that Howa is the actual manufacturer of Weatherbys.  A while back they simply started making some guns under their own name, generally solid working class guns.
Weatherby Vanguards yes. Not the Mk V.

Howa are really exceptionally well made rifles.




Also came in under Smith and Wesson back in the late 80’s or early 90’s.


Maybe Charles Daly for a time too, or they might have been CZ made.
Link Posted: 12/5/2021 10:04:47 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By DanaHillen:



I've had several .300 Win Mags.........the most accurate was a Howa with a Vais brake.
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Originally Posted By DanaHillen:
Originally Posted By chargerkid5: I'd like a 300 mag



I've had several .300 Win Mags.........the most accurate was a Howa with a Vais brake.




My BIL had a Howa 7mm mag.   That thing was a laser beam.
Link Posted: 12/5/2021 10:09:05 PM EDT
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Solid.
Accurate.
Reliable.
Not elegant.
90 degree bolt turn.
Link Posted: 12/5/2021 10:19:07 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By SteelonSteel:




Also came in under Smith and Wesson back in the late 80’s or early 90’s.


Maybe Charles Daly for a time too, or they might have been CZ made.
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Originally Posted By SteelonSteel:
Originally Posted By ballisticxlr:
Originally Posted By MarkHatfield:
My understanding is that Howa is the actual manufacturer of Weatherbys.  A while back they simply started making some guns under their own name, generally solid working class guns.
Weatherby Vanguards yes. Not the Mk V.

Howa are really exceptionally well made rifles.




Also came in under Smith and Wesson back in the late 80’s or early 90’s.


Maybe Charles Daly for a time too, or they might have been CZ made.


Mossberg also brought in 1500s.
Link Posted: 12/8/2021 1:45:05 AM EDT
[#16]
LOVE my Howa 1500 mini action in .223. Easily shoots sub MOA with my reloads.
Link Posted: 3/11/2022 10:38:26 PM EDT
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I'm about to convert my Weatherby Vanguard 30-06 to 7mmMag.

When my tax refund arrives it's going to buy the barrel.

I bought a magnum faced bolt on ebay for $80 and already purchased the Oryx chassis.

I'm going with a pre fit barrel that uses a Savage like barrel nut.

https://preferredbarrelblanks.com/pre-fit-gun-barrels/
Link Posted: 3/11/2022 11:03:32 PM EDT
[#18]
My Howa 1500 .223 is my predator laser. Fantastic rifle.
Link Posted: 3/16/2022 5:08:43 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By tatsngats:
LOVE my Howa 1500 mini action in .223. Easily shoots sub MOA with my reloads.
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Exact same experience.
Link Posted: 3/27/2022 5:24:48 AM EDT
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Another vote for Howa.  I have a 1500 Bravo in 6.5cm.
Link Posted: 6/11/2022 1:20:50 PM EDT
[#21]
I really wish they had more support in the aftermarket.
Link Posted: 7/16/2022 8:00:24 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/23/2022 6:27:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By SteelonSteel:




Also came in under Smith and Wesson back in the late 80’s or early 90’s.


Maybe Charles Daly for a time too, or they might have been CZ made.
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The Charles Daly imports were the Zastava Mausers, which also came in as the Remington 798/799 series.

Love my Howa Mini in 762x39.  Will eventually have 300bo and 223 as well...

Link Posted: 7/26/2022 10:05:37 PM EDT
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