I had a Howa 7 mag when they first came out and it was a dog. I spent money on a stock and a trigger trying to get it a little better. It never shot more than 1.5 MOA groups, and they were usually much worse with hunting ammo. Hours, and a small fortune spent hand loading, and I decided to cut my losses.
The reticle in the scope looked like it fit a .270 130 grain ballistic curve just about perfectly. I came across a vanguard in .270 at a pawn shop and it looked new. I swapped out the barreled actions, dropping the .270 in a B&C with Timney trigger and sold the 7 mag for a profit.
My .270 is a MOA gun and that reticle is close enough to keep it on a 10 in gong at 600.
I don’t load for it much. It shoots whatever 130 gr junk is on the shelf to about the same POA. It has become the gun I loan to people or a back up for casual hunting. I just don’t have to think about it.
It is the epitome of practical...and that is why I don’t like it at all!
My Tikkas an 700s have been better shooters overall, but I like the Vanguard’s action.
Someday it will be a .338-06.
Who is everyone using to work on these? I didn’t think many smiths wanted to bother with them.