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Howa Model 1500 Thumbhole Varminter Supreme .22-250 Rem.

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The high quality of this rifle's stock treatment changed our opinion of thumbhole stocks for the better. The stock design lent itself to a steady hold and good trigger control. The stock slots seemed to help cool the barrel.

Howa Model 1500 Thumbhole Varminter Supreme .22-250 Rem.

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Clearly designed for right-handers only (a normal stock is available as well), the laminated stock was very comfortable for us. This rifle was fitted with a Bausch & Lomb 36X scope in Weaver bases and rings.
We thought the stock finish, which was excellent, and the metal finish were good complements for each other. There were no surprises, or sudden changes from glossy to matte finish, as on the Sako. We liked this rifle a lot.
We found the Howa's trigger pull, which was excellent as received, to be adjustable. We turned it down to 2 pounds, though it didn't change accuracy results.

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