DPMS AR-15 Rifles and Accessories

Predator Masters using UBB.threads ™ Infopop Corporation.
PM Gear Moon & Weather

Welcome to the Predator Masters Forums
Be sure to visit the main Predator Master website at





PM Gear
PM Gear
PM Gear
The Official Predator Masters Search Engine
Loading

Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#1979016 - 08/17/11 05:25 PM New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review
psdan000 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 10/11/08
Posts: 712
Loc: SW Ohio
Been wanting to try one of these out for a long time and finally got the nerve to order one. My first impression was it's a lot nicer looking than I expected. I really like the 20" heavy barrel and was torn between this and the Rem 700 SPS tactical, but at almost $100 cheaper I decided to give it a shot (pun intended). The hogue stock is pretty nice, nicer than the ones on the Rem 700 SPS tactical IMO, but still just a little flimsy near the for-end with a bipod attached. Unlike the SPS tactical stock, The stock on the Howa is already free floated and has some fancy emblems on it and whatnot, I like the OD green too. The rifle balances nicely, a little heavy but thats to be expected. The trigger is great for an out of the box trigger. My trigger scale shows it breaking consistently at 2.5lbs and I really like the "two-stage" effect it has, makes it a lot more predictable I think. Action is smooth and cycles shells perfectly. I have two complaints: 1) I wish the action and barrel had a matte finish instead of the shiny blue. and 2) The magazine follower is plastic. Other than that I was really impressed with this rifle. I wont have a chance to shoot it until this weekend so a range report is soon to come, hope it shoots as good as it looks.

Top
#1979070 - 08/17/11 06:31 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: psdan000]
lonewolf223 Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 05/30/08
Posts: 71
Loc: Johnstown, PA
Nice Rifle! I was thinking of getting one of those myself. Let us know how it shoots.

Top
#1979121 - 08/17/11 07:17 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: lonewolf223]
jlutcher51 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 1223
Loc: Nottoway, VA
If it shoots as good as my 22-250 you won't be disappointed mine shoots constant 5/8" groups at 100 yards with factory ammo
_________________________
If your skeered say your skeered


Top
#1979321 - 08/17/11 10:34 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: jlutcher51]
benson821 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/11/10
Posts: 258
Loc: North Dakota
My uncle shoots 1/2 inch groups at 200 with his 22-250 reloads. Great calling/truck rifle with that shorter barrel, it's much better than my 26in heavy barrel (I might get it cut down... maybe)
_________________________
From this day, to the ending of the world, we in it shall be remembered, we lucky few, we band of brothers, for he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.

Top
#1979340 - 08/17/11 10:51 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: benson821]
steve154 Online
Die Hard Member

Registered: 11/28/08
Posts: 597
Loc: Western NY
I have the exact same configuration in .308 and it is the best shooting gun I have. It regularly shoots .5 inch groups with 110gr V-Max's and .75 with 150 gr SST's, which are the only two bullets, besides GMM that I have tried. Very consistent. My next bolt gun will be a Howa in 7mm-08, or .243. My trigger has some creep, but not bad. The Howa triggers seem to be hit and miss on whether you get a great one, or a mediocre one. Mine falls in between. I look forward to your range report.

Top
#1979412 - 08/18/11 12:18 AM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: steve154]
jlutcher51 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 1223
Loc: Nottoway, VA
I bought a 25-06 Howa shortly after I bought my 22-250 . Both triggers are nice no creep crisp break and set between 2.5 and 3 pounds. The 06 is a tackdriver shoots 1/2" 5 shot groups at 100 with factory loaded 117 grain gamekings. I really like both my Howa rifles and would suggest them to anyone looking for a new rifle at an affordable price
_________________________
If your skeered say your skeered


Top
#1979530 - 08/18/11 09:29 AM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: jlutcher51]
Raspack Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 63
Loc: Kern County, CA
I have the Howa in 7mm rem mag and I must say for the money it has to be one of the better ones out there. I have yet to use it hunting but at the range its awesome. .5" groups at 100 yds with Federal Premium ammo. I did have to have the trigger adjusted after barrel break in, was just too stiff for my liking. After setting at 3# it is a tack driver. I cant wait for deer season this year. I think you will like it. I would follow the manufacturers recommendation on barrel break in.
_________________________
My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their therapist

Top
#1979540 - 08/18/11 10:12 AM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: Raspack]
markley Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/12/10
Posts: 1334
Loc: Iowa
Pretty sure they are both the same stock that hogue makes. Got a buddy who has the howa and I got the sps tactical. Both are pillar bedded. My stock isn't flimsy like how you are saying. Not saying it's the best stock but better than some. My 700 tactical also came free floated.

Top
#1979610 - 08/18/11 12:20 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: markley]
psdan000 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 10/11/08
Posts: 712
Loc: SW Ohio
Originally Posted By: markley
Pretty sure they are both the same stock that hogue makes. Got a buddy who has the howa and I got the sps tactical. Both are pillar bedded. My stock isn't flimsy like how you are saying. Not saying it's the best stock but better than some. My 700 tactical also came free floated.


I have had 2 Rem 700 SPS Tacticals, both great shooters, but took some work to free float the barrel properly. Yours may be different but on mine the barrels were touching the forend of the stock. Nothing 5 minutes, a 1" wooden dowel and some sand paper couldnt fix, just didnt have to do that with the Howa. Also the hogue stock on the Howa has a nice "Howa" logo on the bottom of it, so it must be specifically made for their rifles.

Top
#1979717 - 08/18/11 04:08 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: psdan000]
getfoxy Offline
PM senior

Registered: 07/06/05
Posts: 9422
Loc: USA
Looking forward to the range report thumbup1

Top
#1979757 - 08/18/11 05:46 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: getfoxy]
SShooterZ Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/28/06
Posts: 1368
Loc: McHenry, IL
I have 4 HOWAs. My .223 Supreme Varminter and my .222 S&W 1500 are excellent shooters.

I just bought not too long ago both a .243 and .308 in varmint config from CDNN. Still haven't spent enough time breaking them in and developing a load but even with a little shooting, they look promising.
_________________________
http://www.burntpowder.com

Top
#1979771 - 08/18/11 06:16 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: SShooterZ]
bigoledodge Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 06/17/11
Posts: 281
Loc: indiana
i bought the same gun about four weeks ago. i love it. its very accurate. mines .243. i shoot hornady superperformance in the 58gr. the drop and velocity of that round is VERY similar to a .204 and 22-250. you will love your howa. curious what did it cost you. i got mine for $369 brand spankin new. just curious

Top
#1979812 - 08/18/11 07:32 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: bigoledodge]
bigbird243 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/02/11
Posts: 202
Loc: South Central KY
If you have the Howa with the 3 position safety, youre gunsmith can do a good trigger job. However the 2 position safety is a different critter. When you get the 2 position safety adjusted for good poundage with no creep, then the safety will not engage. Also get a reputable gunsmith to do the job. Some trigger jobs you hear or see described in print scares the XXXX out of ya.

Top
#1979817 - 08/18/11 07:41 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: bigoledodge]
Ze Stallion Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 08/22/09
Posts: 50
Loc: Missouri, USA
What does you gents Howa weigh if you don't mind me asking and what configuration is it?
I am looking for a walking rifle @ about 6 lbs.


Thanks folks

P.S. I assume the barrels are in 10 twist?

Top
#1979900 - 08/18/11 09:34 PM Re: New Howa 1500 Varmint .223, pre-range review [Re: Ze Stallion]
Orneryolfart357 Offline
PM senior

Registered: 10/06/07
Posts: 7360
Loc: Oakley Ca.
Mine is closer to 9 lbs. Its a .223 varmint with the heavy barrel. It came with 2 stocks, The laminate felt very heavy, and the synthetic stock felt much lighter. However the synthetic stock did not free float as advertised. I ground out the barrel channel and got it free floated, the stock was rubbing the side of the barrel. Its nowhere as lite as my tikka, but it will shoot. Good luck. And to the OP, Looking forward to the range report.
_________________________
Don't be afraid to call a Spade a Spade!
Don't forget Proverbs 5:19
War is an Ugly thing! But Feinstien,Hillary, and Pelosi are much UGLIER!



Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >



Moderator:  Jack Roberts, OldTurtle, venatic 

Forum Stats
48051 Members
83 Forums
286247 Topics
2705811 Posts

Max Online: 3771 @ 02/03/14 09:55 PM
Today's Birthdays
bbahunter, Chevota, Coffinhauler47, Furtaker1, Guru, J. Holly, JSharp, Kevin Grow, price, Salty B, SouthernMan872

© Predator Masters™, All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.