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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Re: Howa rifles
Decent rifles, not based upon the M700, certainly not a better design. They have trigger issues, even after market triggers are 'difficult'.
a good choice for the hunter; the M700 is much better choice for a serious shooter. The same rifle was sold as a Mossberg, S&w 1500, and the now W. Vanguard rifles.
The Howa is more accurate than the Vanguard, yep. How could that be? The weatherby people take all of the rifles they get that have the shipping target with a 3 shot group under 1" out of their vanguard line. So you will NOT get a sub MOA rifle as a stcok "vanguard". The Weatherby people then upgrade the sub-MOA target vanguards (new fiber stock, etc)and sell it as thier "MOA" Model rifle for abouot $200 more.
So either buy the Howa and get a good chance at a sub-moa rifle or pay the extra $$ and buy the "Vanguard-MOA" model.
I see no problem with the 375 as a chambering for the Howa, nor a 458 for that matter. I believe they are reliable enough to be a DGR.