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    Howa muzzle brake

    Good morning ya'll! Just a quick update. Sent the rifle back to Legacy and they shipped it to a gunsmith in Reno. He inspected it and suggested a new barrel. Some of the threads had been damaged and while he could have chased the threads and cleaned it up, he didn't think buying a new rifle...
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    Rifles we wish we've never sold, and WHY!

    What an interesting thread to read everyone's stories! As someone noted earlier, some common themes running through it. Some of these have been painful memories beyond the loss of the rifle. I am sorry for those and hope for time's healing. It is evident though that our guns bring us much joy by...
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    Rifles we wish we've never sold, and WHY!

    Winchester .30-30 my dad gave me. A friend of his had french-greyed the receiver and nickel-plated the barrel band. Really pretty gun. A deer jumped into my driver's side door (he hit me, lol!) and the body shop was going to charge a fortune on my insurance. I was a young newly-ed (aka "broke")...
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    Antelope tastes better in different regions??

    Thanks...might have to take you up on it. It could be the difference in their diet. On the ranch when I'd drive up to the skinning shed, the skinners would ask if I had a deer or antelope. If I said antelope, they'd send one of the low men on the totem pole to skin it, lol! I'd write what they...
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    Howa muzzle brake

    It's all good...I'm learning a bunch. Undecided on whether to get a brake or not...right now, I think I'll have them put a thread protector on. It's threaded so I can add a brake...(I'd really rather add a suppressor!) I will say that the lady at Howa has been extremely nice to deal with and...
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    Howa muzzle brake

    Good morning...not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but I'll start here. I recently purchased a Howa 1500 Randy Newburg edition in .300winmag. Yesterday I took it out to sight it in and when I got home I noticed the muzzle brake was...
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    Howa muzzle brake

    Thanks everyone. FWIW, I spoke with Howa again today. They are shut down because of COVID, so I can't ship it back until 5/1. They offered to replace the brake with a steel brake at no charge. I asked them to just go ahead and put a thread protector on there and call it good. TBH, I couldn't...
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    Howa muzzle brake

    It blew apart right behind the holes and left the rear of the brake still screwed on. I may just send it in and have them check out the barrel, but just leave the thread protector on instead of a brake. It's a hunting rifle and I read that a lot of outfitters don't like them. I like that it is...
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    Howa muzzle brake

    Here's the pic with the brake it came with:
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    Howa muzzle brake

    Thanks for the replies. The piece I'm holding is what's left...it was still thread on the barrel. The front of the brake is facing out, but the holes are all gone. It was a radial style brake. I called Howa today and they're sending me an email to make a report. She asked if it was aluminum or...
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    Howa muzzle brake

    Good morning...not sure if this is the correct place to post this, but I'll start here. I recently purchased a Howa 1500 Randy Newburg edition in .300winmag. Yesterday I took it out to sight it in and when I got home I noticed the muzzle brake was gone! I did not experience any weirdness while...
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    Ruger M77 Tang

    Interesting thread...I hope you'll post more about your experience with this and maybe even some sub-moa targets! Good luck!!
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    Antelope tastes better in different regions??

    I haven't tried any here in MT. I used to guide for a ranch in West Texas and some of the hunters would give us the meat. I've tried soaking it in vinegar, buttermilk, chicken-fried, in chili...never liked it. Very well may be because of the sage they eat there. The first night of the hunt in my...
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    Dad's Biggest deer ever

    Great deer; great story; thanks for sharing!

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