Originally Posted by Lead_Farmer
sounds like it would have a short barrel life
It does. My suggestion would be to buy the Howa barreled action in a 300WM or 7RM. Both calibers will get you there for deer size game and even Elk in the right situation. If the plan is to shoot shorter ranges for hunting and longer ranges for target, then the 243, 6.5x55 (my suggestion), and .308 will do the trick.
My dad has a semi-custom Howa in 25-06. It shoots bug holes at 100yds. Never got a chance to stretch it out at the time I used it. I was to young to understand its capabilities. It has a 22" light contour factory barrel, in a bedded walnut aftermarket stock.
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