Nikko sterling scopes are ok, they are not a really good make but they are ok and usable. I have bushnells on mine. The specc and 40mm obj lens is ok for stalking. some people have scopes with really big obj lens which means they have to be lifted up high so your eye line is very high. Big magnification is also no advantage to the stalker.
If i was buying a new rifle i would consider the howa with a synthetic stock and stainless barrel.
have a look at this, we have done this one before?
I have read the previous thread and can't really see that anyone has anything really bad to say about them. I suppose I could buy the package and flog the scope on ebay then by a Leupold.
Thanks for the Peter Lawman link, that really is excellent value. I will only be using it about 10 times a year in total so am loathed to spend £600 on a rifle then £300 on a scope and another £200 on bits n pieces!
The only problem is that I have two friends who have vowed never to speak to me again if I buy one! They have told me to buy nothing other than a remmy or tikka but then I can always get new friends!!
Howas are great rifles, very well built.
I went for a stainless sporter in 22-250. With the original plastic stock she
would shoot 3/4" to 1" groops and with my composite stock two loads print 1/4" 3 shot .
If I where you, I'd try to get a scope with 50mm lense. Just a bit more light for dusk.
I have just been talking to the bloke who is threading the HOWAs for their moderators and he is going flat out. Apparently the things are 'flying off the shelf'. The market is usually quite a good indicator of how good a product is ....... maybe.
I've just bought a Howa varminter supreme, albeit in .223 but the principles the same. It's a tack driver and very well constructed. I agree with the previous post, get a stainless lainate. Thumbhole stock is down to personal preference. Mine isn't.
They're an excellent rifle and better quality than the price suggests. I'm very tempted to sell my Parker Hale .243 and get a Howa in that calibre,
I needed a .243 and bought the Weatherby Vanguard which has the Howa action and barrel - fabulous rifle, and since it shoots so well I just got myself a Howa 1500 Lightning in 30-06 too - a lot of rifle for £450 threaded!
Question though folks, both rifles seem fab without a moderator but the .243 is all over the place when I put one on - I bought an AUS mod for that one. The 30-06 is better but I've got a Preditor 8 on that.