Accurizing a factory howa 1500 .270 win

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by MT_Swagger, Mar 20, 2019.


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  1. MT_Swagger

    MT_Swagger Member

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    I got this rifle for Christmas a few years back. And I started reloading at the same time. Not really sure how well it would have shot when it was brand new. I was a beginning reloader, and I wouldn't say I was a good shot at the time. But this is how it shoots now with good loads.
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    H4831 with 145ELD-X
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    5 rd groups at 100yards. 200 yard zero.

    The 1st thing I did after owning rifle for about a year was do a full betting the job. I must have watched several hours of YouTube and read everything I could find on glass bedding. This made a great improvement in the consistency and accuracy!

    Next was to install a Timney trigger. I cannot describe how much this helped to improve my groups.

    The following fall I took my 1st elk with the rifle at 420 yards.
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    This was back when I had the factory Nikko Stirling scope on it. Which by the way has probably 600 through it. Still a decent scope but I now have a 12x SWFA SS MOA-quad on the rifle and I really like that.

    This has been very intresting and I learned alot along the way. Now I'm working on my first custom rifle. Should have it back from the gunsmith any day now with a new break on it and the next journey begins.

    Happy hunting.

    Casey.

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  2. Gary in MD

    Gary in MD Well-Known Member

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    What powder are you using?
    Have you run them over a chronograph?
    Nice shooting,
    Gary
     
  3. MT_Swagger

    MT_Swagger Member

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    H4831. And I'm right around 2800fps seems to be the most accurate.
     
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  4. Gary in MD

    Gary in MD Well-Known Member

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    H4831 is also what I have used in my 270 Win. But I have also had good accuracy with RL22 and IMR4350.
    My rifle is a Weatherby Vanguard in a B&C hunting stock. It shoots pretty good but I just haven’t hunted with it in a few years.
    Gary
     
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  5. xsn10s

    xsn10s Well-Known Member

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    SWFA 12X sounds like a Montana Marine influence. Great shooting rifle and congrats on your loads and elk.
     
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  6. jasent

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    7FFFBEC2-5687-450F-8D09-D93EE3B3D677.jpeg 5F598933-8976-414C-9CA8-A1A404B65B66.jpeg I love my Weatherby Vanguard/howa.
    Mine was a 300wm but rebarreled it to 338/375 xl. I just tuned up the factory trigger and took it down to 2lbs. Hated the factory stock so it now sits in a manners t2. Shoots in the .2-.4 moa depending on how my day is going.
     
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  7. Horse

    Horse Active Member

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    Did you bed the action and free float the barrel or did you go the length of the stock or a pressure point at the end of the stock? I ask because I have a couple of vanguards and they come with a pressure point at the end of the stock. I bedded the action on one and free floated it. The other I haven’t done anything with yet, but thinking over what to do with it.
     
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    jasent Well-Known Member

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    I just bed the action and barrel is floated. I went with a barrel nut barrel from McGowen so I didn’t want any bedding there. I always float the barrel when bedding
     
  9. MT_Swagger

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    I did a full length bedding on the action and floated the barrel as well. I did add quite a bit of apoxy to the forearm to make it more rigid and add some weight.
     
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    jjmp Well-Known Member

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    Congrats MT_Swagger, another 270Aficionado is made ,thks for posting & great pix,someone mentioned Montana Marine , you couldn't pick a Finer mentor period , hey keep us posted on your new rig ok ? Thks n Cheers !!!
     
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  11. MT_Swagger

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    I just finished it up today
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  12. timo308

    timo308 New Member

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    That's a nice looking rifle you got there MT.
     
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  13. MT_Swagger

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    Thanks man I think so too. It's kind of my budget dream rifle. If that's even a thing kind of an oxymoron. I've invested a couple grand and this one so far in a doesn't even have good glass on it yet. Lol
     
  14. Zman99

    Zman99 Well-Known Member

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    Jasent, did you extend the mag length for your 338/375?