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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody use a Howa M-1500 Rifle?

Been thinking about (for other reasons) a new rifle in .223 bolt action or single shot. Looked at the H&R Handi Rifle, looked at the Rossi Matched Pairs in .223 and 20-gauge. But have really become interested in the Howa M-1500 which I have found out is the same as a Weatherby Vanhuard.

Anybody have any experience with this rifle?

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Howa or Vanguard rifle

I have not shot either one but, I have handled both. They are said to be a quality rifle. I know that the Vanguards usually have 24 inch barrels. That makes them a little long for the standard calibers in my opinion.

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Hmmmm, Howa catalog lists the .223 in both blued and stainless as a 22" #2 contour. That seems ideal to me.

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I am wrong on the howa barrel length...

.223 Rem.RH 24"7 1/4 lbs.44"5+124" #21-14"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".22-250 Rem.RH 24"7 1/4 lbs.44"5+124" #21-14"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".243 Win.RH 24"7 1/4 lbs.44"5+124" #21-10"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".25-06 Rem.RH 24"7 1/2 lbs.44 1/2"5+124" #21-10"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".270 Win.RH 24"7 1/2 lbs.44 1/2"5+124" #21-10"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8"7mm-08 Rem.RH 24"7 1/4 lbs.44"5+124" #21-9.5"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".308 Win.RH 24"7 1/4 lbs.44"5+124" #21-12"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".30-06 Sprg.RH 24"7 1/2 lbs.44 1/2"5+124" #21-10"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".257 Wby. Mag.RH 24"7 1/2 lbs.44 1/2"3+124" #21-10"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8"7mm Rem. Mag.RH 24"7 1/2 lbs.44 1/2"3+124" #21-9.5"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".300 Win. Mag.RH 24"7 1/2 lbs.44 1/2"3+124" #21-10"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".300 Wby. Mag.RH 24"7 1/2 lbs.44 1/2"3+124" #21-10"13 5/8"5/8"1"3/8".338 Win. Mag.RH 24"7 1/2 lbs.44 1/2"3+124" #2I rechecked the Weatherby site and the vanguard standard models except the carbine do have 24 inch barrels. I think that 24 inches is little long in timber. The Weatherby Mark V ultra light comes with a long 24 inch also, but it is so beautifully balanced I would live with the long barrel in the woods.

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Now THERE is an eye-chart response! Thanks for the info. I was able to heft a Howa 1500 at Sportman's Warehouse in Los Anchorage last night and liked it a lot. Don'tcha hate when things burn on you?!?

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