Long Range Hunting Online Magazine


Go Back   Long Range Hunting Online Magazine > Rifles, Reloading, Optics, Equipment > Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics


Reply

Howa 1500 Reviews

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-08-2012, 07:52 PM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: So. Utah
Posts: 396
Howa 1500 Reviews

Wondering if any of you have had experience with the Howa 1500/Hogue rifle. I am looking at a 300 Win mag and have limited experience here. May I note that this will not likely be a long range rifle, but more of an mid range rifle out to 600 or so. Truth be told most shots will be held to within 300 yards.

What kind of precision are you getting? I've been told their tolerances are tight. I am grateful for any help provided.
__________________
If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-08-2012, 08:19 PM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SW Idaho
Posts: 1,148
Re: Howa 1500 Reviews

Price aside they are great. Add in price and they are fantastic!

I have worked up loads on many of these right out of the box and it is really hard to not find a shooter and when I say shooter I mean MOA or less with no work on the gun. In stock configuration the magnum cartridges come with a 24 inch barrel which is a nice blend of carry size and barrel length to get sufficient velocity. For your intended purpose it is perfect.

I haven't played with their new trigger yet but from what I have heard it is good.

Scot E.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-08-2012, 10:48 PM
ntg ntg is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: ID
Posts: 289
Re: Howa 1500 Reviews

I ditto what Scot said. Had mine for about 4 years, its a 22-250, and it's been super accurate. I did adjust the trigger a little, but other than that, its stock. I've got the Nikko Sterling scope that came on it still and thought I'd replace it, but it's really a pretty good scope. My bro-in-law got the lighten action version that comes in a youth/adult stock combo in 243 and it's a great shooter too. I have played with the new trigger (HACT) on the Howa and on it's close cousin, the Vanguard S2 and I liked it a lot.

As to precision...I was getting some loads well under .5" at 100 but they were not as fast as I wanted for yotes, so I settled for one that's pretty hot and around .75" if I do my part.

Anyway, let us know what you do.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-09-2012, 12:04 AM
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: So. Utah
Posts: 396
Re: Howa 1500 Reviews

Are these particular hogue stocks those that have the metal pillars embedded? They feel good action wise. So far I'm pretty interested. I would like to get just a touch more info before I decide.
__________________
If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-09-2012, 12:23 AM
Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SW Idaho
Posts: 1,148
Re: Howa 1500 Reviews

If you are buying new, then yes, they will have the aluminum bed. Some of the older models don't. Not sure what year they changed that.

Scot E.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-09-2012, 09:49 AM
ntg ntg is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: ID
Posts: 289
Re: Howa 1500 Reviews

To my knowledge all the hogue models have the pillars. They did make some basic plastic stock model (not labeled "hogue" that didn't have any piller, etc. bedding)...but I don't think you'll find those new anymore. I haven't seen them for at least two years.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-09-2012, 11:50 PM
KRP KRP is offline
Gold Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Kuna, ID
Posts: 594
Re: Howa 1500 Reviews

The Howa/Hogue I have came with the pillar only stock, no aluminum block, purchased new last spring. I never shot the factory(308) barrel, brought it home and turned it into a 6BRX. The firing pin and hole in the bolt face are large and not a very close fit, it likes to blank primers. The screw for the bolt stop/release is poorly designed, mine broke the afternoon it came home. Otherwise no complaints and I'll bush the firing pin and be careful with the bolt release in the future. The Howa/Vanguards are my new favorite "cheap" rifle.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads for: Howa 1500 Reviews
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
CDI DBM on Howa 1500 SA backcountryguide Rifles, Bullets, Barrels and Ballistics 0 04-14-2012 04:31 PM
Howa 1500 HBV Azshios84 Gun Parts - Stocks, Barrels, Actions, etc. 4 06-24-2011 02:45 PM
Howa 1500 (AR) leatherman92 Guns For Sale 0 03-15-2010 06:03 PM
WTS--Howa 1500 timl Guns For Sale 3 07-01-2006 07:06 PM
Howa 1500 Desert Fox Equipment Discussions 8 03-18-2006 03:41 PM

Current Poll
Where in the US do you live?
West of the Mississippi River - 61.09%
934 Votes
East of the Mississippi River - 36.69%
561 Votes
On the Mississippi River on a houseboat - 2.22%
34 Votes
Total Votes: 1,529
You may not vote on this poll.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:35 AM.


Powered by vBulletin ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Management Powered by vBadvanced CMPS
All content ©2010-2014 Long Range Hunting, LLC