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.