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Thread: Howa good is your Howa? (picture heavy)

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    The SA 223 is a tack driver. Awesome tool.
    Also trying to work out a load for a 16.5inch 308. Since I've shortened it, it hates factory ammo.
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    Taken plenty of animals with the 308. Been a great rifle for me.
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    Nice. Iíve got done off cuts just nervous about drilling into the wood

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    I think I got one of the last barreled actions in 6 creedmoor. The barrel is astonishingly slow (~2880 FPS with 41.6gr 2209) but is very accurate.
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    @chalkeye it will get faster as it breaks in. I’ve got them in various chamberings including 6mm Creedmoor and every one has taken a good couple of hundred shots to get fully up to speed.

    For reference, my 6mm has a 22”, the load is 108gr ELD-M, 42gr 2209 for 2,965 ft./sec. It’s shooting noticeably high now so it’s gotten faster as expected and I need to do another drop test.

    Same kind of accuracy as yours. Touching holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyblown View Post
    @chalkeye it will get faster as it breaks in. I’ve got them in various chamberings including 6mm Creedmoor and every one has taken a good couple of hundred shots to get fully up to speed.

    For reference, my 6mm has a 22”, the load is 108gr ELD-M, 42gr 2209 for 2,965 ft./sec. It’s shooting noticeably high now so it’s gotten faster as expected and I need to do another drop test.

    Same kind of accuracy as yours. Touching holes.
    I am probably 500 rounds in. It started slower but seems to be stabilizing mv now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross Nolan View Post
    They don't make a left hander, or I'd have been using them ages ago.

    As previously mentioned, an improved Sako/M70 hybrid
    You can shoot them OK in a chassis left handed but yeah a left handed Howa would be an awesome thing!

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    My pov pack howa 223 this at 502 yards .

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    apologise for the s*** quality as is my old phone through a not so great spotting scope.

    https://youtu.be/ke1l-z2O0SU
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground Control View Post
    Thought I'd bring this thread back up to the top , because Howa's deserve Top Billing .

    Got my new .223 Sporter barrelled action recently to replace my old CMC/Howa and as soon as I got it my Daughter declared it hers

    Brand new out of the box .




    First job is glue on a Rubber bolt knob , have them now on all my rifles and I really like the feel and usability compared with the small Factory knob .



    Next was to raid the Timney trigger off the old CMC



    Bare rifle with bolt in wearing the HI-Tec Stock .



    Complete rifle with Talley rings and Meopta 3-9 Scope ( no ammo )



    It shoots Factory Fiocchi 60gn ammo easily under an inch ( 20mm-22mm three shot groups )

    But then I realised that I had a better scope on a rifle that I'm not using much at the moment so bought some 30mm Talleys and mounted it up , but I haven't weighed it yet .
    I'm very happy with it so far , and will start load development with it soon .

    Ah I miss my Duralyt! I had that exact scope. Brilliant. Probably my biggest regret selling that one!
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    I already have two 1500's in the cupboard, so when I started looking around for a heavy hitter, I was in danger of becoming a fan boy. September last year I found the perfect solution when I picked up a used and wee bit rough Weatherby Vangaurd action and floorplate in 300wsm. It looked like someone had hit a nail in with the end of the barrel at some point and the crown was stuffed from the supressor being left on. I planned on chopping and ceracoting anyway so none of that was a huge concern. But, its unkown former life combined with the fact that I made a stock for it myself, left me a little anxious about whether it would shoot. Took it out today and I needn't have worried!

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    Nothing wrong with that. Nice one.

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    308 Howa/Weatherby are

    I have never had any trouble with Remington or Federal through mine. I hand load a few different pills 150-170gn for the bush all are accurate.

    Eg Hornady interlock 150 SP, 43 g 2206H has worked real well in Weatherby, howa, ruger and winchester 308 bushpigs. 15 to 18 inch barrels running suppressors.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grantn View Post
    The SA 223 is a tack driver. Awesome tool.
    Also trying to work out a load for a 16.5inch 308. Since I've shortened it, it hates factory ammo.
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    Taken plenty of animals with the 308. Been a great rifle for me.

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    Expect 2600 to 2700 FPS.

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    Just thought I'd bring this back up to the top .

    Here are my two ' Keepers "
    .223 Fluted 20' heavy barrel , Stocky's Carbon Fibre Stock
    308 Fluted 22' Sporter barrel , Hi-Tec Carbon Fibre Stock .
    These two have taken over as my favourites lately and I'm going to have a sell off of my other rifles .

    FALL IN LOVE WITH THE NUMBERS , NOT THE IDEA

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    Many years ago I bought what was marketed as a CMC Howa Mountaineer in .223. Had a blued barrel and what I thought might be a mahogany stock. It was muzzle-heavy. kicked like a fresian in a herringbone shed but, once I got it, would put 5 into about 1.25" at about 100 long paces up a mate's paddock. The long paces were cos I have a foot absent, so they had to be long to compensate. Used that rifle to cull 'roos, donkeys, camels, and about a zillion rabbits, dogs and foxes. I plan to buy another Howa soonish. I think they're basically a copy of the Sako 461 of years ago. A fine rifle.
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    I did a bit of .223 load testing using 2206H / 53gn Vmax today .
    Right from the beginning something just didn't feel right with my shooting position , I fiddled around with my rear bag etc and in the end just started shooting .
    I thought it must just be me but every shot just felt off .
    I finished shooting and was packing up when I noticed that my Harris Bi-Pod was on backwards
    No wonder I was struggling , every time I loaded into the Bi-Pod the legs moved .
    Anyway here is a pic of the target , now I'm dubious about the results .
    Interestingly the group at the bottom has 5 shots , 1 round of each powder charge , this is something I've started doing , to see how much difference in group size you get with a variance in charge weight 0.8gn in this case .
    Butt...... I just don't know how valid this test was so I think I'm going to repeat this test with the Bi-Pod correctly mounted

    FALL IN LOVE WITH THE NUMBERS , NOT THE IDEA

 

 

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