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Old 06-11-2020, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Howa 1500 Hogue- Thoughts?

Anyone have experience with the Howa 1500 Hogue? Weight, accuracy, overall?
Thinking of going this route on a caliber for my wife and daughter.
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I have a Weatherby Vanguard which is a Howa rebranded rifle and the accuracy right out of the box with factory ammo was outstanding.

With only 3 shots I was hitting where I wanted to and then I got down to some serious shooting with Hornady factory ammo. The next 5 shots were all touching in a ragged cloverleaf. I do even better with homemade ammo.

I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a Howa...
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Old 06-11-2020, 11:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Howa .223!

My daughter slammed an antelope with it a couple years ago:



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Thanks for the feedback. Looking at a 6.5 PRC.

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I picked one up earlier this year in a 308. Great shooter for a $500 rifle.


Why a 6.5 PRC? Not knocking your caliber choice, just curious. I have a couple pre 64 .264 Win Mags, and a custom 6.5-06 AI. Great bullet and shooters!
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A couple buddies have the cartridge and like them. One says he will reload whatever I want for it if I buy the components. Most guns I see in that caliber are over $1k and this one is around $400, so......
I have a 257 Roberts in a Rem Mtn rifle. I should probably just doll that up, but I feel the 6.5 prc would give a few more options.
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A couple buddies have the cartridge and like them. One says he will reload whatever I want for it if I buy the components. Most guns I see in that caliber are over $1k and this one is around $400, so......
I have a 257 Roberts in a Rem Mtn rifle. I should probably just doll that up, but I feel the 6.5 prc would give a few more options.
It would give you a heavier bullet choice. The heaviest bullet in the .25 is a 120gr. 6.5 I believe you can go as high as a 145gr. I load 140gr. in my .264 WM.
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Assuming it's a 1:8 twist, you could load up to the 156 gr berger. My brother is having excellent results with his 6.5 PRC and 147 gr Hornady factory ammo. Reasonably priced as well.
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7mm08, just say'n. Huge range of bullets weights available. Little brother of the 280.

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Aside from the caliber talk, I just picked one up a few weeks ago in the plain ole .270 Win. I know, I know, .270 Win is outdated, but for some reason I have an attraction to old calibers that my family has used for generations! I have yet to shoot it, but the stock feels nice (similar to Browning's Griptonite). I have 4 Weatherby Vanguards that have the same barrel, and all of them are TACKDRIVERS. I assume this will follow in line with those!
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