Originally Posted by Topshot
Why would you get rid of a 0.5 MOA Sendero based on a solid Remington action. Then replace it with a "CAST" Howa action that have been known to fail in a catastrophic manner.
Not many gunsmiths will touch a Howa action as they are not considered safe in larger calibres..
Wow Topshot! You caused me a lot of research! Anyway... I know it sounds crazy to sell a .5 MOA rifle, but my 25-06 is about shot out, so it needs replaced or rebuilt anyway. It's badly firecracked by the previous owner but it still shot well for me for a while and I did get a nice speed goat buck with a pin point accurate 280 yd shot. The last couple of groups I shot from it opened up a little. I will probably keep it around until I get a replacement and maybe snuff a few prairie dogs in with it the mean time.
The 300 Ultra has a couple hundred rounds or so through it and I'll probably put another couple hundred through it before I sell it. It will be my spring bear rifle and I'll hold on to it until I have a replacement which I'm planning on being a 300-375 Ruger. So wasn't planning on building a RUM on a Howa action because it it's a bit too small. In fact, IMO the Rem action is also too small for the RUM for the bullets I am planning on using - which are .010 longer than the 210 Bergers.
That being said, I have two Rems and one Howa (S&W M1500) and I like the Howa much better, not to say the Rem isn't a good action - it is. How's that for politics
Seriously though, the Rem is a good action, but I think the Howa is better and I'm not the only one with that opinion. Some folks will tell you that Rem 700's are junk. I think some have had their issues but overall it has been a good work horse.
This is the first I've heard of Howa's being cast. I don't doubt you, I just never heard it before and after some googling, I only found one second hand reference to it. Never-the-less, Weatherby offers the Vanguards in 300 WM, 338 WM and 300 Wby Mag. The latter has about 5 gr more case capacity than the 375 Ruger and I found a couple of references to 375 Rugers built on Howa actions. So I think I'm safe with that. I also found this well know smith whio likes using Howa's for Lapua builds....
Roedale Precision - Semi-Custom
Some smiths wont build a Lapua on a Rem 700, but everyone has different standards.
As for catastrophic failure, again, first I've heard of it and if you could provide details and reference I would be no kidding interested.
Why I like the Howa over the Rem 700...
- One piece gas ported bolt
- Better bolt fit and smoother action (with my rifles)
- Better designed bolt release
- M16 style extractor
- Side by side comparison, heavier more robust reciever
- Integrated recoil lug
- Much more simple and easier trigger tuning (in my experience)
-- I spent over an hour tuning each of my 700 triggers
-- 2 min to tune my Howa
So that's my story and I'm sticking to it... and if I leave this world breaking the trigger of my Howa... well... there are worse ways to go... and I'll bequeath my NXS to you which I have no doubt will escape with only minor scratches