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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-02-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Howa rifles

Been looking at a howa chambered in .375 H&H but I just don't know enough about the howa's to make my final decision. I'm looking for some reviews on these rifles good or bad. I need to know if they belong in the gun cabinet or in the dumpster. thanks.

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Re: Howa rifles

Howa bolt actions have been sold under a few companies logos through the years..Perhaps the most familiar at this point is the Weatherby Vanguard..I have one in 257 WBY. Magnum and it is a real tackdriver and has a very solid, beefy action...I'm not too crazy about the black synthetic stocks that everybody is putting on their rifles these days, but I guess it's functional...I like the rifle.
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The howas are great rifles> I own 14 of them. Barrels are the same as weatherby vanguards and the action is based on the remington 700. Everyone I owned so far has been moa with factory ammo. I have not had to have repairs done or send it back for anything. IMHO Howas are a great rifle and I wouldn't be afraid to take them anywhere or do anything with them. Trigger and be adjusted if needed. I don't own a 375 but I do own a 300 win, 300 wsm, 7wsm, 7mm and so on. I like that there is so many stock choices available for them also. I usually but mine as a barreled action and take it from there.
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Re: Howa rifles

Although this is not the model, it is a review of a Howa...they look at a lot of things that may help in your decision. The metal and stock style,trigger. You can even go back to the rifle menu(bottom of page), and look at some other rifle reviews.

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Re: Howa rifles

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Barrels are the same as weatherby vanguards and the action is based on the remington 700.
The Weatherby Vanguard is a Howa designed/built gun. Weatherby just puts their name on them. How is the Howa "based" on a Remington 700? I can not see any simularities between them.

I have shot a few Vanguards (Howa's) they always seemed like well built guns, and were always accurate. Certainly not a "dumpster gun".

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Tony I will see if I can find the article. I saved it somewhere from years ago. I re read one of the reviews and it stated it thought to be a combination of the 700 and win model 70 design. Then Howa made it a bit beefier. My Bad I didn't word it correctly.
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are they made in japan?
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Re: Howa rifles

I got one in .223 and .243 and their both shooters.

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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.
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