Howa/Weatherby Actions.

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by kc, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

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    What your opinion on these Actions for building a wildcat?
     
  2. zuba

    zuba Well-Known Member

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    what kind of wildcat?
     

  3. bwaites

    bwaites Well-Known Member

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    I like my Howa built into an F Class 7mm WSM rifle.

    I think they are better than a box stock Rem/Winchester, and shoot very well.

    Bill
     
  4. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

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    One of our friends bought a .3006 Howa (from a drunk in a bar)and already owns a .3006 Remington,
    He would like to build a tack driver,
    he is a tool and die maker, he has acsess to tools that would blow your mind.
    He asked me about building a sweet rifle to take out west for Antelope and Mule Deer.
    I told him the 6.5x284 is a killer, this would be at the top of my list. He will be ordering a Broughton Barrel. This guy is well informed I gave him every bit of information that was available on this calibre.
     
  5. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

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    I have one I barreled in 6 / 284 and it shoots very well. I am now just in the process of rebarreling it to 6mm BR for a pd shooter. I like these actions, they are smooth and cycle very well.

    Jeff
     
  6. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    I have a Howa 270, Rem700 6mmBR, and lots of Mausers... comparing them...

    The book to get is "Bolt Action Rifles" 4th edition by de Haas.
    Modern Firearms + Amazon webstore - Bolt Action Rifles

    the 98 Mauser has:
    1) flat bottomed receiver to take torque from rifling
    2) controlled feed
    3) claw typed extractor
    4) safety on firing pin, often modified to be 2 or 3 position M70 type
    5) multi stage gas filter on firing pin hole
    6) bolt handle is integrally forged as part of bolt body
    7) safety lug below rear bridge
    8) integral recoil lug
    9) knife ejector in bolt lug slot

    The rem 700
    1) receiver made from round tubing
    2) push feed
    3) little wimpy extractor
    4) safety on trigger
    5) simple bolt
    6) bolt handle tacked on with screw and solder
    7) nothing
    8) recoil lug is a modified washer that is captured by the receiver and barrel
    9) plunger ejector

    Of the ~100 bolt action covered in the above book, they seem to all be on the spectrum somewhere between the simple Rem700 and the complex 1898 Mauser design.

    The Howa 1500:
    1) flat bottom receiver
    2) push feed
    3) short claw extractor is bigger than rem, but smaller than M98
    4) three position bolt safety
    5) simple bolt
    6) Integral bolt handle
    7) nothing
    8) integral recoil lug
    9) plunger ejector

    I would give the Howa Mauser scale = ~50% Mauser
    I would give the Howa Rem700 scale = ~50% Rem700

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  7. Clark

    Clark Well-Known Member

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    The Mauser is 12TPI barrel threads
    The Rem700 is 16TPI barrel threads
    The Howa is ~16.9 TPI barrel thread [Metric 1.5mm pitch]
     
  8. kc

    kc Well-Known Member

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    Very good! Thanky for all the input. you have been very kind.
    KC