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    Default Free Rifle!!!

    Well, I guess there is no much thing. However, I did win this Howa 1500 in 300 WSM at the RMEF dinner raffle. So I thought it might like a new Zeiss 3x9x40 conguest for eyes and a new Limbsaver kick pad for me. I have it all ready to go. Going to try the Cushman range next week if the temp get above zero. Don't want to send the time below zero working a new barrel. So has anyone used a Howa. This is my first, the rifle weights 8.5 as is. Plan on using it as a boat gun and a loaner.






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    You fooled me, I thought you were giving away a free rifle.

    I can dream right?

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    Wow! Putting a Zeiss on a "loaner" rifle. I like your style. Got anything else I can borrow?

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    I'll have to see if it is shooter not not first. If it won't shoot straight what good is it even if it is awful purdy LOL.

    Steve

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    I've heard good things about the Howa's. Should be a decent rig.

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    I really like the feel of it. The action is smooth but the trigger may need some work. I used the Zeiss because I'm going to black bear hunt with it in low light conditions and that is where a Zeiss is worth the money.

    Steve

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    The people at Boondock Sporting Goods in Eagle River speak very highly of Howa rifles. I had never heard of them, but I got quite the earful when I asked about one.

    Congratulations!

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    Nice freebie, enjoy.

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    Default Recoil

    Anyone speak as to the recoil of the 300 wsm??? I bought a new limbsaver pad that is supposed to help with muzzle jump, it was a grind to fit. I have to say that letting it freeze outside and then sanding it outside made it EZ to shape. Hope it helps with the KICK.

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    Howa's are nice rifles. The triggers suck though and I suggest you replace it with a Timney or the such.

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    Okay so I did some research and it would seem that most folks agree that the triggers are sub par. So I order a new Timney. My free rifle is turning out to be not so free...LOL I guess the stocks could be better as well, at least they gave me a nice action and barrel.

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    I've got one of the Howa's in a Hogue over molded stock and it's a real shooter!! Mine's in .243 and is used for a truck gun, but it shoots 3 shot groups at well under an inch at the 100yd mark! Howa may not be a popular name, but they make the actions for the Weatherby Vanguard series of rifles and are also a popular action for building a custom gun. Nice guns though as said before the trigger could use a little work. They're also on the heavy side as already mentioned. Not something I'd want to carry on a sheep or goat hunt, but other than that they're great shooting and great feeling rifles.

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    I've also got a Howa. Mine's in 338WM. I bought the Howa barrelled action, bought a Hogue O/M stock with the full aluminum bed block, and put the Zeiss Conquest on it. As stated above, the trigger pretty much sucks.

    Mine doesn't shoot worth a darn! I'm talking 3"+ groups at 100 yds. I have put about 100 rounds of handloads through it, and I haven't found anything it likes. I like the feel of the action. I like the stock and scope. I just can't get the darn thing to shoot. Right now I am either looking at glass bedding the stock or maybe having the barrel cryo treated.

    Good luck with yours. Let us know if you have better luck than I did.

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    Steve,

    I have a wood/blue version in .223 mounted with a Bushnell Elite 3200 5-15 AO. I don't reload .223, and the first ammow I tried was the Winchester white box 55 grain soft tips that come 40 per box for around $12. First 3 shot group was a shade under 1" so I stopped looking different load .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripper View Post
    ....maybe having the barrel cryo treated.
    Save your money. A cryo job won't produce magic results.

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    Default Hogue Stocks

    Was looking at the Hogue fully bedded stocks. Depending on how she shoots might try one of those. With the gun being free, I don't mind spending a few dollars on it. So anyone ever try a Hogue replacement stock????

    Steve

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