Howa 300wsm opinions


Well-Known Member
Jan 20, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas
I am looking at buying a Custom Howa 300 wsm for long range shooting. I know the 300 wsm is a pretty good caliber, but wanted some opinions on the Howa brand. Any opinions appreciated. Thanks.

ryan m

Active Member
Oct 21, 2003
I have the 7 mag. Howa is a mixed bag IMHO. They are known to be good shooters out of the box with an adjustable trigger. The synthetic stock is flimsey junk, as are most in a rifle of that cost such as savage or rem. Like the other two, you can get a factory laminate, or an aftermarket synthetic. I would go for the factory laminate if doing it again. The good side is the great action, pretty good trigger, and a good shooter, cheap. It's a toss up with a savage to me. As far as a Howa being a weatherby, it is the otherway around. Howa mad this gun and sold it as a vanguard, a mossberg, and smith and wesson. I hear weatherby is going to remarket the vanguard again, but when I bought mine, they were higher than the howa self labeled rifles. As far as having too much freebore, I can easily hit the lands if I load a bullet out very far, I don't think there is too much.
Overall, I would say go for it, but you may have to do a bit of tinkering with the bedding, etc. Bases are easy, it takes a remington 700, so you can get darn near anything. If you wanted, you can replace the trigger with a timmney from midway usa, but I don't think it needs it. One other thing, the barrel is metrically threaded, so you might have a bit of trouble finding a smith who wants to fool with rebarreling. I know there are some out there though. By the way, I live off I30 and ridgmar. The academy over here has had a few rifles.

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