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    Howa 243


    Have been looking about for a rifle to sit between my 17 hmr cz(bunnybasher) and 308 sako 85(main deer rifle)
    I have found a 2nd hand howa 1500 stainless 243 (550 with t8 and scope) to use for foxing with the occasional roe or fallow if one presents itself!!
    What ammo can anyone suggest ???

    ATB Steve

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    Howa 1500 .243

    I use home loaded 100grain Sierra boat tailsbacked by 41 g of Hodgson. Tried Privi but not enthralled by them in my rifle but they are worth a try and cheap.


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    How old is it? There was a factory recall with certain Howa rifles some time ago. This from a USA Forum:

    I sold my brother an Interarms 1500 some years ago that may sell be in this recall. The link is dead so I'm guessing the recall is also.

    Not like he is EVER going to take the bolt down anyway, but I would like to know more about this.

    Recall Notice

    "Howa Machinery Ltd. of Japan is performing a safety upgrade on all Model 1500, 1550 and 1700LS series rifles manufactured between 1970 and 1993.
    "The affected rifles bear serial numbers from one of the following series on the receiver: PN00010 through PN87159, LS00001 through LS05150, M000001 through M020422, LS10001 through LS10309, B000001 through B028450.
    "The safety upgrade will replace the bolt sleeve to prevent misassembly of the bolt, which might occur on affected rifles. Such misassembly might result in a hazardous condition in which the rifle can be accidentally discharged without the bolt being fully engaged, causing severe injury.
    "These rifles were distributed by Smith & Wesson, O.F. Mossberg and Sons and Interarms. These rifles may bear the distributor trademark.
    "Stop using your rifle immediately and visit our website at or call Howa at 1-800-456-5131 to receive a Bolt Return Kit.
    "Only the bolt sleeve is being upgraded. Your bolt will be returned to you after the upgrade.

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    I Have a heavy barrel Howa .243 I use for foxing mainly but have also shot a few Roe with it, heres the various loads I use!

    55g Sierra Blitzking with 44.5g H4895 fast and flat for foxing

    70g Sierra Blitzking with 39g H4895 better on a windy night for foxing

    100g Sierra Gameking with 40g H4350 excellent round for Deer

    Hope this helps

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    I have a Howa 243 varmint stainless and its rather partial to Winchester 100grain Power Points(0.75" clover leafs at 100 yards)-good enough for my needs.


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    i also use 100g winchester sp in my howa .243

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