Gun Report

Howa Model 1500 Varmint .308

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The clean classic lines of the heavy-barrel Howa Varmint didn’t help its average accuracy. Our best groups averaged an inch, which we didn’t think put the Howa into the same ballpark with all the other .308’s we’ve tested. But it was a nice rifle, well set up, with no real problems.

Howa Model 1500 Varmint .308

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The arrow points to a cosmetic flaw. The pistol-grip cap apparently slipped when it was glued on, and now has an edge where there should not be one. It didn’t really bother us. The magazine floorplate released by a button in front of the trigger guard. Metalwork was excellent throughout.
The bolt was a touch loose in the action. It had a recessed head and a good extractor. The rifle felt good, we thought. Everything worked 100 percent. Some careful load selection might make this low-cost rifle well worth exploring.

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