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Old 09-11-2013, 10:07 AM
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any one have any info on these rifles good or bad.
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:27 PM
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any one have any info on these rifles good or bad.
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Howa rifles are generally pretty good: they used to OEM for Weatherby & others.

The 6.5x55 Swede is a sweet cartridge: I can only imagine that you'd be very pleased with a Howa in that chambering.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:54 PM
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Own a Howa 1500 in .243 Win and four 6.5x55s, three Swede rifles and a rebarreled Stevens 200.

Very much agree with joe K on it should be a good combination Howa and 6.5x55.
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Old 09-11-2013, 05:58 PM
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The only rifle I know much for the cartridge is the old 95-96 Swedish small ring Mausers. Classic old quality though the ergonomics may lack a little. Supposed to be a gentle but very accurate cartridge. I'd love to see a comparison
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Awesome cartridge.

New or used Howa? They had some accuracy issues with the 6.5 a few years back and did not import for a little while until the accuracy issues were resolved. Do not know the issues, just what the Howa rep told me.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:43 PM
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it would be a new one.
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it would be a new one.
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I would say you are good then.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:41 PM
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I posted a WTB ad for 6.5x55 rifle on another forum. A member, who wasn't selling, responded. He had bought one from a local shop in PA. The new package, which includes a scope, etc. and he said it was very accurate and an excellent gun, especially for $450. I've seen some wooden stocked packages on their site, but can't seem to find any available for sale. I just like wood better and they look nice. I won't hesitate if I find one.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:10 PM
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local gun shop is going to order me one, i want wood stock stainless steel, looks real nice but are hard to come by every one likes synthetic.
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I think that Howa makes great rifle for the money, but I got two rifles in a row with bad scopes. I kept the Stainless steel rifle and Scheels gave me $80 towards a different scope.
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The only Howa 1500s in 6.5x55 that I have seen have had blued CM metal and a heavy laminated stock. I have read a number of complains about the Howa 1500s in 6.5x55 having very deep/long throats, such that lighter bullets, anything under 130 grains, had a lot of free-bore jump to the rifling.

I have several 6.5x55s and generally shoot three (3) bullets; the 129 grain Hornady, 130 grain Nosler AB, and 140 grain Nosler Partition in my hunting rifles. I shoot 140 grain Hornady Amax and a couple different Bergers in my 6.5x55 target rifle.

The 6.5x55 is a classic cartridge and I have found the Norma 156 grain factory ammo to be both accurate and deadly in the field. The biggest game that I have shot with the 6.5x55 was a large bull Eland that managed to absorb three (3) 156 grain Normas before he accepted the fact that he was dead. One (1) through the heart and two (2) through the lungs, but he was a big, stubborn, animal and didn't die easily despite being dead x3.
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The only Howa 1500s in 6.5x55 that I have seen have had blued CM metal and a heavy laminated stock. I have read a number of complains about the Howa 1500s in 6.5x55 having very deep/long throats, such that lighter bullets, anything under 130 grains, had a lot of free-bore jump to the rifling.

I have several 6.5x55s and generally shoot three (3) bullets; the 129 grain Hornady, 130 grain Nosler AB, and 140 grain Nosler Partition in my hunting rifles. I shoot 140 grain Hornady Amax and a couple different Bergers in my 6.5x55 target rifle.

The 6.5x55 is a classic cartridge and I have found the Norma 156 grain factory ammo to be both accurate and deadly in the field. The biggest game that I have shot with the 6.5x55 was a large bull Eland that managed to absorb three (3) 156 grain Normas before he accepted the fact that he was dead. One (1) through the heart and two (2) through the lungs, but he was a big, stubborn, animal and didn't die easily despite being dead x3.

What brands of 6.5 rifles do you shoot, if I may ask?
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Never had a Howa rifle myself, but have heard good things about them. Now......the 6.5x55 cartridge? Awesome round! You'll be happy with it in a good platform like that Howa. The 6.5x55 is one of the best reasons the 270Win was a waste of time and effort.
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Never had a Howa rifle myself, but have heard good things about them. Now......the 6.5x55 cartridge? Awesome round! You'll be happy with it in a good platform like that Howa. The 6.5x55 is one of the best reasons the 270Win was a waste of time and effort.
That comment could raise a fight, but I'm a huge fan of the 6.5x55 Swede. I have Tikkas and CZs in this fine cartridge, it's accurate, deadly, and soft recoiling. What more could you ask for?

I don't have a Howa, and I'm as curious as the OP regarding quality and accuracy of their rifles.
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Old 09-22-2013, 09:27 PM
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I don't have a Howa, and I'm as curious as the OP regarding quality and accuracy of their rifles.
Ditto. Those compact models look like perfect truck guns.
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