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Has anyone bought a Howa in the last year?

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Unread 03-29-2011, 10:29 AM
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Re: Has anyone bought a Howa in the last year?

FWIW, I got my Howa about 28 months ago and it has been excellent. The 40gr WWB I broke it in with was great @~.75. Shooting my 55gr vmax is @~ .60 and I was able to get the Amax 52gr to shoot about .45, but I need to get my hands on more of them. This is the basic Howa/Hogue combo sporter.

It's a keeper IMO; I've had zero issues. The 'yotes hate it.
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Unread 03-29-2011, 04:16 PM
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Re: Has anyone bought a Howa in the last year?

I hear you mate, they are a fantastic rifle, yours certainly shoots great, hope mine shoots that well with handloads, I may have to try the Amax by the looks of it.

Thanks for the reply mate really appreciate it
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Unread 06-05-2011, 04:25 AM
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Re: Has anyone bought a Howa in the last year?

brought a howa stainless heavy barrelled .243 in feb, once i found its favoured diet -80 grain federal soft points its been a dream! just under an inch at 100 for 5 shots. the b&c stock thats in the mail should help that though, cos the standard hogue one is fairly average in my opinion
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Unread 10-03-2011, 05:34 AM
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Re: Has anyone bought a Howa in the last year?

I thought I'd better come back and update everyone on the Howa I bought earlier this year.

Well its a bloody cracker of a rifle, very accurate, reliable no fuss at all to hand load for which makes life easy when it comes to that. It loves 55gn and 50gn projectiles (haven't tried any other weights) no need as the 55gn projectiles I use are doing a fantastic job.

I've been using the Sierra Super Roos in 55gn in mine mainly because they were cheap to buy at $140 per 1000 and because they also shot really well and above all they killed very efficently, I think I've had to take a second shot once (misjudged the shot) I can highly recommend the projectile, does a fantastic job.

I settled on the load as follows: AR2206H 34.5gn, CCI200 Primers, Any brass I can find, Sierra Super Roo 55gn.

I've got around 700 odd round through it now and still performing perfectly, I originally bought a barreled action only and imported the Boyds Thumbhole stock in the colour "Pepper" great stocks if anyone ones one, just a straight drop in fit, I did sand the barrel channel sightly just to open it up a bit as it was touching slightly but no big deal 5mins work and sorted.

I've also had the trigger done by Glen Coughlan "The Ebay Guy" people talk about, top job and I can highly recommend him as well. Other than that its all standard, no bedding or pillars, I've got compound there to do the bedding but as yet I don't really need to as it shoots very well indeed.

Here's the results of some load testing earlier in the year. Pictures by bigfellascott - Photobucket

Anyone who is thinking about a Howa - GO FOR IT - their bloody brillant, can't fault it at all.
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Unread 10-08-2011, 05:01 AM
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Re: Has anyone bought a Howa in the last year?

I've just ordered a 30 inch No.7 PAcnor for my Howa .223! Its a supermatch with a 4 groove 8 twist.

I'll be using this for F class and what ever else takes 80gn A maxes! I think I'll be 2800's low 2900's with this tube in the .223. Puts a new slant on the old .223 kind of doesnt it.

I also ordered a 6mmBr barrel savage prefit No 8 contour from Pacnor.agagin supermatch 8 twist 3 groove

I'll keep you guys posted but its a 4 month wait I think...
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Unread 10-13-2011, 09:06 PM
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Re: Has anyone bought a Howa in the last year?

Interesting and volatile thread!! I have had 3 howas over the years and have gone on to customise 2 rifles using Howa actions. No, I haven't bought a rifle or action in the last 2 years but I can say that 2 mates who have purchased in this time std factory Howa rifles are very pleased and getting reliable consistant performance and accuracy.

Simply put, I would rate the actions as strong, well made and toleranced. They are realistically priced and ready to shoot. The biggest put off is the lack of availability of actions on their own as I wouldn't hesitate to build another rifle with one. The houge stocks also need throwing away

Yes, the Tikka's are good value accurate rifles out of the box but not everyone likes the plastic mag, the lack of a half cock etc. At the end of the day it should always come down to what you enjoy shooting and the answer is YES Howa is a good product.
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Unread 10-13-2011, 09:29 PM
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Re: Has anyone bought a Howa in the last year?

Two truck loads of coyotes, coons and bobcats later I still love mine!! Got it on sale and with a Nikko scope. I night hunt a lot and prefer head shots too. Your mate has the right idea.
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