Howa 1500 in .223?

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Howa 1500 in .223?

Postby mole trapper » 08 Mar 2018, 20:11

Hi folks,
I have just put in a variation for a .223 as I have decided to start taking on fox work again. When I was doing it before I always used either the .22-250 or .243
Couple of other pest controllers I know keep going on about .223 so I've decided to give one a go. I'm leaning towards the howa but open to suggestions, I'm not interested in remmys or rugers this time as I want something different.
So what's the thoughts please?

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Re: Howa 1500 in .223?

Postby womble1963 » 08 Mar 2018, 21:11

I have a Howa in .223 with a varmint fluted barrel and i cannot fault it . Good on foxes using 53 grain ballistic tips .
Ive put it in a Boyed thumb hole stock not saying there is any thing wrong with the original i just seem to shoot better
with the thumb hole stocks . :thumbup:

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Re: Howa 1500 in .223?

Postby Andrew2235 » 08 Mar 2018, 21:37

My friend as howa 25 06 and a 22 250 and a 223 he said the 223 was a verey good but did not have knock down power of the 22 250 so if you if you shot a 22 250 befor you my be diserpointed I have just got a new howa 22 250 they are a verey good priced rifle all the keepers around hear use them so they are a good work horse I have always shot 22 250 for fox and vermin

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Re: Howa 1500 in .223?

Postby mole trapper » 09 Mar 2018, 08:43

Thank you gentlemen, appreciated.
I was very tempted to go back to 22-250 but fancied a change. Can always go back to it if I find the .223 lacking.

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Re: Howa 1500 in .223?

Postby andy66 » 10 Mar 2018, 09:43

I have a howa .223 varmint fluted barrel in a grs stock, no modifications except for a trigger tweak. 53gn vmax are awesome out to 250M, literally blows a fox head to bits. I also use 69gn Sierra tmk for longer ranges and to my surprise on a calm day I can put almost every round on a 30cm gong at 600m. The only negative thing is the weight when I have to yomp 3-5 miles a night on hilly south wales.

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Re: Howa 1500 in .223?

Postby .270 » 10 Mar 2018, 12:23

I use a Howa .204 with 32grain and have taken Fox to 200 yds + . Its the lightweight Mini action 1500 for walking its great. I also have the New Howa 1500 stainless Sporter In .223 using 40 grain and 53grain I use from the truck. I found that the .22-250, I had trouble with a fast load it started to go off zero and burnt the bore out after 600 rounds ??

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