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Thread: Who's tweaked/customised their Howa and how?:-)

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    Who's tweaked/customised their Howa and how?:-)

    So I've bought dropmdead's Howa 1500 in 7mm WSM.

    All I know about Howas can be written on the back of a box of 30 cal bullets hahaha.

    I'm thinking about an aftermarket trigger, I'm thinking about a stiffer/better stock than the Hogue overmould, I'm thinking about a moderator or even a muzzle brake.

    Come on, Howa users, what can you tell me please? What's good and what's not so good?

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    Riflebasix trigger, PSE composite stock, Mod, whatever you want, baring in mind the 7mm Wsm is hot and pokey, a bit like my .270 Wsm.

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    Best thing I did to mine was fit a Riflebasix trigger from here:
    http://www.rimfiremagic.co.uk/trigger_kits.html
    Transformed the rifle! I found that the Hogue stock was actually rigid enough and quite a good practical stalking stock. The bolts can be a bit 'gritty' when new and could benefit from a bit of a polish up. Get a decent mod, but definitely avoid the muzzle break! Other than that, it's a proven design that isn't really broken, so why try to fix it?
    MS

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikkathreebarrels View Post
    So I've bought dropmdead's Howa 1500 in 7mm WSM.

    All I know about Howas can be written on the back of a box of 30 cal bullets hahaha.

    I'm thinking about an aftermarket trigger, I'm thinking about a stiffer/better stock than the Hogue overmould, I'm thinking about a moderator or even a muzzle brake.

    Come on, Howa users, what can you tell me please? What's good and what's not so good?
    The Howa 1500 is perfectly fine as it is.
    My only 'modifications' (on a Stainless Steel barrel) are a bit of scrim-netting wound around the barrel held in place with....a few bits of cellotape. Yes, really. Traditionalist wil be horrified, however the deer and foxes really couldn't care less
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    Yep customised mine (though not according to see it shoot it!) - see my thread in classifieds section.

    The fact it still has a factory barrel and shoots single hole groups shows how good howa barrels are! It's been shortened to 18" which I like as it handles well. New Bell & Carlson stock, tuned trigger, Bedded, crowned, etc - never shot the rifle before all the work was done so not sure what improvements they all made, I looks nice and shoots well though!

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    They are an excellent rifle as is I had a 243 for a while then used the action for a custom I would keep as is for now the new 2 stage triggers on them are not to bad. Use and when your bored donor the action for a custom build
    I agree with gritty bolt I got a vanguard (same as howa) cerakoted and it really made the action slick
    ​sounds like you have a great deer rig

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    With this Howa, it came with an adjustable trigger and is set approximately 2lbs.
    Boyds laminate, or a PSE, or bell and carson ( though I find these are a bit heavy) are all good options.
    This and a nice mod and scope and you can't go wrong.

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    A new trigger, bedding -because the Over Molded guns I've seen hadn't any to speak of- and shoot it. Not much else needs doing. Good rifles.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager SA View Post
    Riflebasix trigger, PSE composite stock, Mod, whatever you want, baring in mind the 7mm Wsm is hot and pokey, a bit like my .270 Wsm.
    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey Spanker View Post
    Best thing I did to mine was fit a Riflebasix trigger from here:
    http://www.rimfiremagic.co.uk/trigger_kits.html
    Transformed the rifle! I found that the Hogue stock was actually rigid enough and quite a good practical stalking stock. The bolts can be a bit 'gritty' when new and could benefit from a bit of a polish up. Get a decent mod, but definitely avoid the muzzle break! Other than that, it's a proven design that isn't really broken, so why try to fix it?
    MS
    Well Riflebasix gets two votes to Timney's nil and, hey, what about that for a good price?

    Quote Originally Posted by Erik Hamburger View Post
    The Howa 1500 is perfectly fine as it is.
    My only 'modifications' (on a Stainless Steel barrel) are a bit of scrim-netting wound around the barrel held in place with....a few bits of cellotape. Yes, really. Traditionalist wil be horrified, however the deer and foxes really couldn't care less
    Well, I sometimes think we cammo up our kit for our own pleasure rather than to avoid being seen by an animal 100 yards away... That said, I do the same with the scope and mod on my 243!

    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyDoom View Post
    Yep customised mine (though not according to see it shoot it!) - see my thread in classifieds section.

    The fact it still has a factory barrel and shoots single hole groups shows how good howa barrels are! It's been shortened to 18" which I like as it handles well. New Bell & Carlson stock, tuned trigger, Bedded, crowned, etc - never shot the rifle before all the work was done so not sure what improvements they all made, I looks nice and shoots well though!
    That's a brave claim chap: I hope you can provide photographic evidence?

    Quote Originally Posted by gr1ffer View Post
    They are an excellent rifle as is I had a 243 for a while then used the action for a custom I would keep as is for now the new 2 stage triggers on them are not to bad. Use and when your bored donor the action for a custom build
    I agree with gritty bolt I got a vanguard (same as howa) cerakoted and it really made the action slick
    ​sounds like you have a great deer rig
    Well, here's hoping.

    Quote Originally Posted by dropmdead View Post
    With this Howa, it came with an adjustable trigger and is set approximately 2lbs.
    Boyds laminate, or a PSE, or bell and carson ( though I find these are a bit heavy) are all good options.
    This and a nice mod and scope and you can't go wrong.
    Plenty of stock suggestions there, thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    A new trigger, bedding -because the Over Molded guns I've seen hadn't any to speak of- and shoot it. Not much else needs doing. Good rifles.~Muir
    Cheers chap.

    Step 1 is to get the rifle here unbashed by couriers. Step 2 will be to see how it shoots "as is" and check out the trigger mech. Step 3 will be to add refinement if and where needed. Step 5 will be to consider letting it completely replace my 243.

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    You can tune the Howa trigger yourself, just YouTube it. IMHO water of money buying a new trigger.
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