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Howa 1500 Carbon Fiber?
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Anyone have one of these?

I am tired of packing 15 pound guns, and paying to build something really light is kind of freightning.
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I don't own one, but from all the good things I hear about Howa rifles it should be ok.
Did a bit of checking and Sportsman's Warehouse has the 6.5 PRS version for $999.99.
Not a bad price.

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7.8 lbs is not all that light. There are a lot of good rifles (and different choices) out there that weigh that or less. But I have also heard good things about Howa.
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Have a mini in .222

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Posts: 638 | Location: Brownstown, Michigan | Registered: 19 April 2015Reply With Quote
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Best production lightweight rifle is the Tikka T3X superlite that they private label for both Sportsman's Warehouse & Cabela's 5.9 lbs. ~$700 IIRC.

I have two. Very accurate, available in lots of caliber.


What I have learned on AR, since 2001:
1. The proper answer to: Where is the best place in town to get a steak dinner? is…You should go to Mel's Diner and get the fried chicken.
2. Big game animals can tell the difference between .015 of an inch in diameter, 15 grains of bullet weight, and 150 fps.
3. There is a difference in the performance of two identical projectiles launched at the same velocity if they came from different cartridges.
4. While a double rifle is the perfect DGR, every 375HH bolt gun needs to be modified to carry at least 5 down.
5. While a floor plate and detachable box magazine both use a mechanical latch, only the floor plate latch is reliable. Disregard the fact that every modern military rifle uses a detachable box magazine.
6. The Remington 700 is unreliable regardless of the fact it is the basis of the USMC M40 sniper rifle for 40+ years with no changes to the receiver or extractor and is the choice of more military and law enforcement sniper units than any other rifle.
7. PF actions are not suitable for a DGR and it is irrelevant that the M1, M14, M16, & AK47 which were designed for hunting men that can shoot back are all PF actions.
8. 95 deg F in Africa is different than 95 deg F in TX or CA and that is why you must worry about ammunition temperature in Africa (even though most safaris take place in winter) but not in TX or in CA.
9. The size of a ding in a gun's finish doesn't matter, what matters is whether it’s a safe ding or not.
10. 1 in a row is a trend, 2 in a row is statistically significant, and 3 in a row is an irrefutable fact.
11. Never buy a WSM or RCM cartridge for a safari rifle or your go to rifle in the USA because if they lose your ammo you can't find replacement ammo but don't worry 280 Rem, 338-06, 35 Whelen, and all Weatherby cartridges abound in Africa and back country stores.
12. A well hit animal can run 75 yds. in the open and suddenly drop with no initial blood trail, but the one I shot from 100 yds. away that ran 10 yds. and disappeared into a thicket and was not found was lost because the bullet penciled thru. I am 100% certain of this even though I have no physical evidence.
13. A 300 Win Mag is a 500 yard elk cartridge but a 308 Win is not a 300 yard elk cartridge even though the same bullet is travelling at the same velocity at those respective distances.
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I will second the Tikka T3 or newer T3X for light weight.
Posts: 722 | Location: Las Vegas | Registered: 23 June 2009Reply With Quote
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I've heard lots of good about the Tikka but never owned one. I use 3 Howa mini's with excellent+ results. Admittedly 2 of them have Douglas barrels on them.
I have not used the standard Howa actions but they're the same as a Vanguard so I'd suspect they'd be excellent.
Lots of great options out there for less than 15 lbs!

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