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    Howa 1500 .223 Laminated

    Hey guys,

    Looking at getting a Howa 1500 in .223 just wondering if anyone has one and whats their view is on it?

    Cheers Rhys

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    My son has a Howa Varmint .223. A very accurate rifle but the trigger was garbage. I replaced it with a Timney. Now the accuracy comes with less strain on the trigger finger.~Muir

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    Similar to Muir, mine has a Timney. Superb rifle, made better with a mag conversion. Happily does foxes out to 300 yards. My ONLY criticism is that it's a heavy beast but solid and reliable. Excellent rifle for the price tag.

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    ive also got 1 in .223 ,just the standard blued version ,once lightened i didnt find the trigger bad at all for a hunting rifle and another bonus its shot hornady,sako and winchester ammo all whithin an inch @ 100yrd but when out to 200 yrd the hornady 53gr superformance opened up to 2" but both sako 50 gr s/p and winchester 55 gr s/p both were still under 1" , i think they take a bit of beating for the money mine was only 300 second hand

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyin View Post
    ive also got 1 in .223 ,just the standard blued version ,once lightened i didnt find the trigger bad at all for a hunting rifle and another bonus its shot hornady,sako and winchester ammo all whithin an inch @ 100yrd but when out to 200 yrd the hornady 53gr superformance opened up to 2" but both sako 50 gr s/p and winchester 55 gr s/p both were still under 1" , i think they take a bit of beating for the money mine was only 300 second hand
    Just an FYI

    I got the factory trigger on my son's Howa adjusted down to a good pull but when I did, the gun would discharge when the safety was slipped off. It wasn't that the trigger was set too light (I don't like light triggers) it was a mechanical foible of that trigger. The Timney is adjusted to sweet pull with no problems. ~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Just an FYI

    I got the factory trigger on my son's Howa adjusted down to a good pull but when I did, the gun would discharge when the safety was slipped off. It wasn't that the trigger was set too light (I don't like light triggers) it was a mechanical foible of that trigger. The Timney is adjusted to sweet pull with no problems. ~Muir
    no probs mate i dont doubt the timney trigger is better but for me the factory one was good enough , but maybe i was just lucky with the rifle i got as ive never fired another howa to compare it to,i think its just as good as the trigger on my old mans tikka t3

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigyin View Post
    no probs mate i dont doubt the timney trigger is better but for me the factory one was good enough , but maybe i was just lucky with the rifle i got as ive never fired another howa to compare it to,i think its just as good as the trigger on my old mans tikka t3
    In fairness, my son's HOWA is fairly old: 15 years maybe? They had a reputation for junk triggers back then. No shortage of accuracy, tho.~Muir

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    That must have been from the stretchy batch Andy.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    The newer Howa rifles are much better, I bought my son a 1500 in 308 heavy barrel which has the Howa Actuator Controlled Trigger (HACT), it's a two-stage-stylesystem and is pretty good.
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    Have been looking at a Howa 1500 in .243 today, seems lovely for the price.

    Thing I can't decide on is what barrel to put on there, so many choices

    Is there a real advantage to the fluted ones?
    practicality is screaming stainless to me...

    I can either go for a blued 20" fluted sporter weight, or a 22" non blued Stainless sporter barrel, I just can't decide between the two!

    For reference, I'm planning to build up with wildcat mod, standard green hogue stock, bipod and I'll be putting my swaro 6x42 on top

    if they did a fluted stainless then I wouldn't hesitate, but if anyone has experience of the blued fluted 20", I'd love to hear it

    cheers in advance.

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