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Author Topic: Howa 1500 bolt action
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Post Howa 1500 bolt action
on: January 30, 2013, 11:51

Since I couldn't find a suitable Remington 700 in 223 that would fit my needs and priced right, I sprang for the Howa 1500. Snipershide.com uses one of these in 308 to build their entry level sniper rifle. It's a cost-effective alternative for some, but hard core bolt gun shooters will still lean towards the Remington 700.

So here's what I picked up and yes, expect a review of it in the near future.

Howa 1500
Caliber: 223 Remington
Barrel length: 24 inches (you read that right)
Barrel type/twist: Heavy 1 in 12
Upgrades: Hoge overmolded stock

It does have a Redhead optic that will be yanked quite soon for a Badger Ord 15 or 20 MOA base and either a Millett LRS-1, Millett TRS-1, or a Leupold of some type.

The rifle seems quite solid and it doesn't feel much different than the Remington 700's that I'm used to. I sort of wish I had kept Franken-gun, but I didn't want the headache of finding another stock and correcting the little cosmetic things.

So stay tuned! I'll have some factory ammo and custom hand loads worked up for this one.

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