Re: Has anyone bought a Howa rifle in the last year?
I just purchased a 20" heavy barrelled 308 with the Hogue stock. I'm impressed with the quality of fit and finish. It's heavy, but shoots better than I'm capable. Its got the 2-stage trigger that breaks cleanly at around 2-3/4 lbs. The stock is free floated and pillar bedded. I'm still working on consistency in bench rest set-up and basic shooting technique, but I occasionally get moa/sub moa results. I'm definitely learning its set up and the guy pulling the trigger. I researched the rifle a good bit prior to purchasing and I feel real good about the decision. I also picked up a left-over Weatherby HB-ST in 308 not too long ago. I replaced the stock with a fully aluminum bedded Hogue stock. It has the old 2 position safety and the factory trigger breaks around 3-1/2 lbs. It's a fine product as well with similar if not better results at the range. My thinking is you'd be satified with the Vanguard series 2 as well. I followed the Howa barrel break-in recommendation with both rifles.