Re: Howa Rifle ?
Howa is the company that Manufacture's the Vanguard series for Weatherby. They also made the same (Vanguard and 1500) rifle that was sold by Smith and Wesson. I beleive they were also doing the Mk V's when they were made in Japan. Years back when I was working in a Gun shop we carried the Howa and Weatherby bolt rifles, if a Weatherby Vanguard and Howa were sitting next to each other you could not see a difference until you looked at the name. Personally I dont have any Howa marked rifles, but I do have the Weatherby Vanguard. My Vanguard is a well made, accurate rifle for the money.
Good luck, Tony