View Full Version : Wanted to see who else likes Howa or owns one

Napalm Bulldog
10-13-2009, 6:20 PM
I recently bought a Howa/Hogue Heavy Barrel Varminter
.308 from a fellow Calgunner. I put a bypod on it and added the sun shade with the flip up dust covers. I like the over all look of the rifle. I went to Turners in Fountain Valley and they bore sighted it for me for free. Kudos and thank you to the guys at Turners. He even got me the sun shade for free that screws into the front of the scope. I shot it two weeks ago up on BLM land north of Barstow. When me and my friend got out there we went hiking around setting up clays on the hill side. I would say the farthest out they were was 250 yards approx. So when we got done we set up our table and decoded to shoot it. I loaded five rounds. Zoomed in my scope aquiring the target and squezed the trigger. I hit all five clays I was aiming at. My friend shot it next hit four out of five. I had a great time shooting it and was rather impressed. I did aim at a hole in the side of another hill approx distance 500 yards and hit it also. The whole was the size of a basket ball I was shooting at. I put 5 rounds in a row in it! Like I said Im no expert but it is a fun rifle to shoot.

Wanted to see if there was anyone else who has a Howa and likes it as much as I like mine. Or even a shooting story with there Howa.:D

10-13-2009, 6:52 PM
I own a 1500 rancher in .223 and a friend has one in .308. We both enjoy them but I wish I had bought the heavy version.


10-13-2009, 7:04 PM
I have the 223 heavy bbl varmint... Very accurate

10-13-2009, 7:19 PM
bud of mine has an axiom and he LOVES it...

Purple K
10-13-2009, 7:24 PM
Howa/Hogue 1500 in 22-250. Works great for exploding squirrels.

10-13-2009, 8:36 PM
Another +1 for Howa. I have the .270 Win, replaced the hogue stock with the Axiom and enjoy shooting it, until I get into reloading though, it's a bit pricey.



And with the Axiom stock:


10-13-2009, 8:42 PM
I like my Howa 1500 in 223!

10-13-2009, 10:22 PM
I own the same rifle you have and I love it. For the money the action is really nice and once you adjust the trigger it actually breaks fairly decent for a factory dealy.

Cograts on a good buy!

10-13-2009, 10:33 PM
I have the 1500 in .308 with the Axiom stock and love it.

10-13-2009, 10:54 PM
.308 heavy with axiom conversion. Takes out Coyotes with ease.

Rule .308
10-13-2009, 11:28 PM
I have a 22-250 heavy barrel and a .243 Rancher in the Hogue stock. I was not expecting huge things in the accuracy department on the 243, with it having the short light barrel that the ranchers come with. It is one of the most accurate out of the box rifles I have and the 22-250 initially let me down pretty hard but after about 50-100 rounds the groups get tighter everytime I take it out. Howa=great gun for the money or otherwise.

Napalm Bulldog
10-14-2009, 12:27 AM
Another +1 for Howa. I have the .270 Win, replaced the hogue stock with the Axiom and enjoy shooting it, until I get into reloading though, it's a bit pricey.



And with the Axiom stock:



Was the change out worth it? I was thinking of doing the same thing to mine. Also where did you get your Axiom stock from if you dont mind me asking?

10-14-2009, 7:24 AM
may possible be getting one of the ones you ahve as a spare bolt rifle for a buddy to shot in the desert and try to get my gf to do some more shooting. probably be one in .223

10-14-2009, 8:46 AM
Very stoked on my heavy barrel .308... accurate & precise beyond my expectations.

10-14-2009, 8:54 AM

i used to own a Howa 1500 in 308. i was able to hit bowling pins at around 300 yards all day using the cheap scope it comes with!!! i loved the rifle. my cousin, another calgunner, is the owner and i know he loves his howa.

Napalm Bulldog
10-14-2009, 10:34 PM
Awesome feed back guys and thank you. Im going to put some money into mine by trying to get the Axiom stock in Desert camo. Also have a muzzle break put on it to complete the look!

10-14-2009, 10:41 PM
anyone have any hard numbers for benchrest groupings?

10-15-2009, 5:59 AM
I have a Howa 1500 in 30-06; it came as a package with Bell and Carlson Carbelite stock, sling, Redfield mount & rings and Redfield 3-9x Tracker scope. This was all for $225 at Turner's some 20 years ago. It is typical Japanese high quality without the frills; reminds me of Savage. They are good solid guns for good prices.

10-15-2009, 7:09 AM
I've got a Ranchland Compact in 223. Sweet shooter.


10-15-2009, 9:33 AM
How 'bout a Howa M1 Carbine?
Around 9,000 entered Canada and maybe 4,000 were imported to the US back during the 1990's:


Some were spotted at Knob Creek.

10-15-2009, 9:58 PM
anyone have any hard numbers for benchrest groupings?

Doesn't really count, as it's only a 3-shot group, but that's all I'm shooting while I am developing my pet load. Shot prone @ 100m (target is rotated 90 degrees):

10-15-2009, 11:44 PM
Some distributors have quit dealing with the Howa line of rifles because of the problems with their configuration and ordering.

They say good rifles but too much work to get them.

10-16-2009, 8:26 AM
I have a weatherby vanguard, which uses the Howa action, in .30-06. When weatherby took the rifle out of walmart and onto their catalogue, walmart had to get rid of them. I picked mine up for $126 including tax! (that was in GA, mind you.) My father-in-law is a comp rifle shooter and hates weatherby. He shot mine and put a quarter-inch at 100yrds on paper with the horrible stock vanguard trigger. He still hates weatherby, but says mine is a fluke. I dropped a timney trigger in it and put a leupold on top. With scope and trigger, it is the best $500 rifle I could imagine.