New Howa Rifle

  • @orkan said:

    Considerably smarter buy than a ruger precision rifle.

    That is pretty slick, occasionally the importer mates the excellent Howa barreled actions to a usable stock. I am curious as to the stock manufacturer.
    In the past, I believe you had mentioned the XLR chassis as an excellent mate for the Howa and I couldn't agree more.

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  • Awesome, similar to the Weatherby chassis one but more calibers.

    Wish the twist rates on the 223 and 243 were a little better though.

  • I had hoped and kind of predicted they would come out with something like this. They are going to sell as many as they can make I think.

  • Entry level 308 or 223 F T/R rig for sure.
    What scope at approximately the same price range would you put with it?
    Burris? Vortex PST?
    Sig, Steiner?

    They had better not offer it with a Nikko Sterling like some of the other cheap packages.

    They need to offer a better scope in the package deals.

  • The HACT trigger is a winner also. It comes a little heavy but it is easy to safely change the 2nd stage to a much lighter setting.

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  • @hypo
    My experience with the 4-16 PST Vortex would have me looking elsewhere.

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  • @mamalukino I agree, the pst 4-16 is not good.

  • Burris XTR II is the "go-to" budget optic right now.

  • Looks like a pretty nice outfit. Howa actions are usually pretty nice. Doesn't hurt that they start out with an M16 extractor. Bolt lift has been pretty acceptable in those that I've had my hands on.
    I would guess the chassis was made by Mega Arms or MDT with a Luth-AR buttstock.

  • Weatheryby has a similar one that uses a MDT LSS and luth AR stock.

    But it says it only takes MDT magazines since the Vanguard/Howa action is flat bottomed.

    It might just be the 223 version on the Weatherby, because it sounds like you have to machine the bolt stop and magazine port since it's designed for the shorter 223 round.

    It would be interesting to know if this is already done on the Howa HCR.

  • According to Howa (Legacy Sports Int.) the chassis is compatible with AICS mags....if anyone was wondering.

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  • A little more information is leaking out on these, looks like they can be had for under $1000.

    And a video that shows a little bit of the chassis was published no to long ago.

  • Great stuff!

  • There's to many good rifles out there now!

    Howa now has a sub moa guarantee and "lifetime" warranty.

  • A 26" threaded is interesting.
    I'll pass on the Nikko Sterling scope.
    That one looks a lot like the Sig Optic Tango 4 though.
    Who knows, it may be made in Japan.

    Doubt it though.

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