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Old 08-26-2011, 08:45 PM
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Howa 1500 barrel help??

I have a Smith &Wesson 1500 (Howa) in 223 and the barrel has some bad pitting from sitting in my uncles basement for 15 years untouched....:(

I want to use the action and stock for a 308 build but can't seem to find replacement barrels on the net.

The action looks well built and strong so I'm sure I'm not the first guy to do this project.

What calibers can the 223 size action handle? 300 WSM?

I see there is spacer in the mag well so I know the 308 will fit.

Anyone know where I can buy a pre fabricated barrel or do I have to order a custom one?

Has anyone tackled this action before?

Thanks in advance..

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Old 08-26-2011, 09:22 PM
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Re: Howa 1500 barrel help??

Howa 1500's are affordable enough. Why not just buy one with the proper bolt face and magazine for the cartridge you decide to build your custom/semi-custom on? You've got lots of issues to deal with when you convert an action designed for the .223 bolt face to another. Bolt face alterations, coming up with the proper extractor, ejector not in exactly the right place, wrong magazine, feeding problems, the list goes on and on. I'd use that .223 action to build another .223 , or improved, or a wildcat based on the .223 case.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:49 PM
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Re: Howa 1500 barrel help??

Very good points

But the question stands......where can i get a new barrel for my Howa 1500?

I know they are metric but thats not a big deal....

Where do they sell them?
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Re: Howa 1500 barrel help??

Opps! As you're looking for a "custom-drop in" or just a replacement barrel, I guess I should remove the "custom/semi-custom" from my last post. Try Numrich Arms, maybe they have some Howa 'take-offs'.
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Re: Howa 1500 barrel help??

ICANHITHIMMAN Has a tricked out 1500 he built, ask him he knows a lot of stuff about the 1500 action. Good guy too...except he was NAVY for a bit.
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Re: Howa 1500 barrel help??

I'm just about to finish a S&W 1500 hunting set-up. Broughton barrel, custom threaded, chambered, & crowned, .25/06. Boss is right, no real demand for pre-threaded and chambered barrels for the Howa/Vanguard/S&W 1500 series. I've used several for hunting rifles and they shoot well. But, selection of aftermarket parts is limited, because of lack of demand. Only barrels I've used on this series have been customs. I don't use pre-fit on anything.
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