Gun Review: Howa MiniAction Rifle

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During the SHOT 2016 Range day I had the pleasure of firing Howa’s new MiniAction series of rifles. Howa rifles, which are imported by Legacy Sports and made in Japan, come in a plethora of calibers and configurations. The MiniAction series is available in .204 Ruger, .222 Remington, .223 Remington/5.56 NATO, 6.5 Grendel and 7.62×39! For testing I was provided two rifles, a 6.5 Grendel that included a Nikko Stirling Panamax rifle scope and a rifle chambered in 7.62×39 that did not include a scope. The rifles came several weeks apart. I picked up the 7.62×39 rifle the day I shipped the 6.5 Grendel back to Legacy Sports. Because the rifles were identical, save for the chambering, I am going to consolidate both reviews into this article.

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Howa MiniAction chambered in 6.5 Grendel with Nikko Stirling 3 x 9 power scope.

Key Specifications of the Howa MiniAction Rifle include:

  • The Howa MiniAction rifle is available in .204 Ruger, .222 Remington, .223 Remington, 6.5 Grendel and 7.62×39.
  • The MiniAction features Howa’s 1500 barreled action. The action has been decreased by 12% compared to Howa’s Short Action receiver. For comparison the Short action is 6.9” and weighs 13.1 ounces. The Howa MiniAction is 6” in length and weighs 10.2 ounces.
  • The Howa 1500 MiniAction rifle sits in a synthetic stock and is pillar bedded. The stock has a pretty decent recoil pad.
  • Barrel lengths run from 20 to 22 inches. They are available in lightweight as well as heavy profiles. The rifles I tested featured a heavy profile barrel.
  • The Howa 1500 MiniAction has a three position safety, as well as the HACT trigger. The trigger pull for both rifles measured around 1.5 to 1.75 pounds.
  • Rifles included one 5-round detachable magazine. 10-round magazine can be purchased through Legacy Sports.
  • These rifles can be purchased as a package that includes a Nikko Stirling scope, or as a stand alone rifle. The rifles that I was provided both included a set of Leupold mounts.
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The Howa MiniAction feeds from a box magazine. The feed reliability was on par with a Remington 700. Sometimes you had to cycle the bolt again or re-align the rounds in the magazine.

Field testing the 6.5 Grendel Howa MiniAction Rifle

Prior to field testing the 6.5 Grendel I attached the Leupold scope base and Leupold rings, and mounted the provided Nikko Stirling Panamax scope. The Nikko Stirling Panamax is a second focal plane, 3-9 power scope that features a traditional mil-dot reticle. Ammunition for testing was provided by Legacy Sports. Legacy sent me 60 rounds of Hornady MATCH 123 grain A-Max. I shot 5 rounds of Hornady MATCH 123 grain A-Max bullets through a chronograph during zero which yielded an average velocity of 2,341 feet per second. I zeroed the rifle at 100 yards. The Hornady ammunition feed-reliability was mostly consistent. During the shoot I had to push the bullets down to realign them in the magazine, or else cycle the bolt several times due to a round not feeding properly. I found the Howa chambered in 7.62×39 to be 100% reliable.  Because I was using a fixed parallax scope, I took a small soap pen and made a non permanent mark on the stock were my nose indexed with the rifle stock. Checking the scope’s parallax at 100 yards I found no parallax issues. Throughout the test, I made sure to keep my head in the same position every time to mitigate potential parallax error.

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Field testing the 6.5 Grendel Howa MiniAction was done in the prone, off of a pack.

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Nikko Stirling Panamax. I really enjoyed this scope. It featured a basic mil dot reticle. This setup is perfect to 500 yards.

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For testing, Legacy was kind enough to send us Hornady A-MAX MATCH ammunition.

Testing was done at the ranch in the highlands of Central New Mexico. The elevation of the ranch is 6200 feet. Temperature during the shoot was 91 degrees Fahrenheit, with full value wind that alternated between 12-15 miles per hour, in gusts from my 3 o’clock position to my 9 o’clock position. My target for the shoot, after zeroing on paper, was an 8 inch by 10 inch steel plate. Since the rifle came as a package, I decided to test the rifle with the included Nikko Stirling Panamax scope. During testing, the only problem I had with the Howa MiniAction was the front sling stud sliding out of the stock. Typically when I shoot scoped rifles I use a bipod. I tend to load bipods pretty heavily, which caused the stud to work its way out of the stock. Frustrated, I removed the bipod from the stud, screwed it back on the stock, reattached the bipod, proned out with a less aggressive load and felt the bipod disconnecting from the rifle again. Grabbing my 5.11 RUSH 12 pack from my truck, I stuffed the pack with some loose clothes from my vehicle,dropped the pack on the ground, proned out behind the rifle, loaded the rifle into the pack and proceeded to zero the rifle. I had a solid zero within 5 shots. The Howa mini action rifle, paired with 123 grain Hornady A-MAX easily held .75 to 1 MOA at 100 yards.

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Typical groups at 100 yards with the 6.5 Grendel Howa MiniAction. .71 and 1 MOA. I could have probably tightened these up with a high powered scope, shooting rest or bipod. Pretty good for a factory rifle.

After I achieved a good zero, it was time to start moving back. I grabbed the 5.11 pack, rifle, and rear shooting bag and shifted to my next shooting position, 205 yards from the steel target. Proned out and loading the rifle into my pack, I held .8 mils high, favored the right side of the target, squeezed the trigger, then heard the ping of steel and observed an aggressive sway of the target. Cycling the bolt several more times I made 3 hits in row.

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405 yard shot. It was gorgeous day at the ranch.

From the 205 yard line I walked back another 200 yards and positioned myself on a small hill that offered a good line of sight to the target. Holding 2.8 mils high and 1 mil to the right, to account for a 15 mph full value wind, I shot 3 more rounds and observed 3 more hits. Impressed by the mild recoil, clarity of the Nikko Stirling Panamax, and the amazing ballistics of the 6.5 Grendel round, I was anxious to get into the long range portion of the shoot.

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5.11 Pack, Galaxy S3 with Applied Ballistics, hearing protection, Leica range finder, Hornady MATCH and Howa MiniAction.

I pulled back another 200 yards to prone out at 618 yards. My kestrel read full value,12 – 15 mph wind. 618 yards required a 5.5 mil hold for elevation and 1.6 mils for wind. Since the Nikko Stirling has a traditional mil dot reticle, I had to stack mils. Placing the bottom mil on the center of my target, I counted up 1.5 mils above the target, found a reference point on the prairie behind the target, held my bottom mil on that reference point, accounted for wind and squeezed the trigger. I saw the target sway, then heard the impact of the round. An 8 inch by 10 inch target looks very small through a 9 power scope. My second and 3rd shots were a miss while my 4th and 5th shots were hits. Since I don’t like to make expensive noise I decided to end the test at the 618 yard line. Shooting from 600 to 1000 yards I would have preferred a bipod, scope level, spotter and a high power scope in the first focal plane, with a Horus reticle.

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I fixed the front sling stud by simply screwing in a nut on the inside of the stock. If you have this rifle, and this sling stud I recommend you do this.

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Inside view of the stock with nut securing sling stud.

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Aluminum pillar beds on the Howa MiniAction.

Initially I wanted to test this rifle as a package, but in retrospect I should have attached a better scope and really pushed the range on this rifle, especially since in several weeks I would take the 7.62×39 MiniAction out to 1000 yards.  Save for the weak sling stud/stock failure, which I was later able to fix, the Howa MiniAction rifle’s performance impressed me. Although I liked the Nikko Stirling scope, I would personally use something with a more up-to-date reticle, such as a Horus H”X”, Vortex EBR-1/EBR-2/VMR, Leupold TMR, Nightforce MOAR or even the Nikko Stirling Half Mil-Dot Reticle. If I had a young shooter who wants to get into precision rifle or needed a varmint rifle for the ranch, this rifle could easily fit that role. This rifle would have no problems killing coyotes at 500-600 yards with medium wind. I would have liked to attach a better scope and taken the rifle back to the ranch for a second round of testing. Unfortunately my schedule is tight, and I have to plan my test-shoots months in advance. All in all, I really liked the rifle and think Legacy Sports will do well with it. The day I dropped the Howa MiniAction rifle off at FedEx, my FFL called and said that a Howa MiniAction rifle, chambered in 7.62×39 was ready for transfer. A bolt action rifle chambered in 7.62×39 was something that I have wanted to shoot for a long time.

 

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Howa MiniAction chambered in 7.62×39. Atop the rifle sits a Vortex PST 2.5×10. This shot was taken right before we shot it out to 1000 yards.

Field testing the 7.62×39 Howa MiniAction Rifle

Prior to field testing the 7.62×39 Howa MiniAction rifle, I checked the scope mount to ensure proper torque and attachment. Since this rifle did not include a scope, I attached my old Vortex PST 2.5-10 rifle scope. I always get nostalgic when I use this scope. Not only did I use it to learn the fundamentals of long range shooting, but the first article I wrote for The Firearm Blog was a review of this scope. The Vortex PST that I used is a second focal plane, and features Vortex’s EBR-1 MRAD reticle. My only gripe about the Vortex PST is that if you over-torque the rings then they squeeze the main tube and the scope will not track properly. The field of view is amazing, and the clarity is excellent. The Vortex PST is fixed parallax, so consistent head placement is paramount. My Vortex PST has become my primary hunting scope save for antelope hunts. For hunting antelope I prefer my Bushnell HDMR with a Horus H59 reticle.

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Vortex PST 2.5×10 with a bubble level. I have had this scope for a long time and it has been an amazing piece of gear.

After mounting the scope I checked the front sling stud, and was delighted to see that Howa had secured the sling stud with better mounting hardware. I attached a bipod, proned out, aggressively loaded the bipod, and breathed a sigh of relief when the bipod held strong.

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For testing purposes I used Wolf Performance Ammunition. I was surprised at how even the velocities were when I shot it through a chronograph. The ammunition fed 100% through the Howa MiniAction.

Testing was done at the ranch in the highlands of Central New Mexico. The elevation of the ranch is 6200 feet. Temperature during the shoot averaged 99 degrees Fahrenheit. Fellow TFB writer Tom R and his cousin joined me for testing. Aside from testing the Howa MiniAction rifle, I also tested a Hensoldt ZF 4-16 rifle scope. The Hensoldt ZF 4-16 was mounted on my Remington 700 chambered in 7.62×51/.308 Winchester.  Besides spotting for me, Tom R, fresh from his recent precision rifle training at the NRA’s Whittington Center,  brought out two rifles to shoot: his fancy Remington 700 and a Christensen Arms Ridgeline rifle chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Tom R’s cousin had also read Tom R’s recent review of the Whittington NRA class and was eager to try a 1000 yard shot.  All shooting was done facing west. Wind during zero was coming from our 12 o’clock. After confirming zero the wind fluctuated between 10-15 mph and primarily came in, left to right, from our 10 o’clock position.

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Our target for the test was an 18 x 18 inch steel plate.

The ammunition that I used for the test was 124 grain, steel cased, hollow point Wolf Performance Ammunition. Zeroing at 100 yards, I found the 7.62×39 Howa Mini Action to be capable of 1.5 -1.75 MOA groups. Running 5 rounds through my chronograph yielded an average velocity of 2,488 feet per second. Loading the magazine to full capacity, I found that the rounds loaded 100% of the time.

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Standing behind the target looking west. Our 425 yard shot was on the hill with the lone tree dead center of the picture. Our 1000 yard shot was on the hill that appears to be on the horizon just below that blue mountain. This is a great hill to belly crawl over and scan for antelope. Multicam works really good on the ranch.

I zeroed my rifles and Tom R confirmed the zeroes on his rifles. At that point it was time to move back. After zeroing on paper, our primary target for the rest of the shoot was an 18 by 18 inch steel plate. Our first shooting station of the day was 425 yards as confirmed by my Leica LRF 1200. Once we had set up shooting mats, spotting scopes, and packs we consulted our ballistic calculators and Kestrels and got to work. Tom R got behind his Remington 700 and had a 100% hit ratio. Securing his Remington 700, he proned out behind the Christensen Arms Ridgeline, chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, and again had a 100% hit ratio at 425 yards. From the 425 yard line, we had 12-15 mile per hour gusts of wind from our 10 o’clock to our 4 o’clock position. Next it was Tom R’s cousin’s turn to shoot. His cousin, an accomplished hunter, was new to long-range precision shooting. After Tom and I made a few tweaks to his body position, he had no problems hitting the target.

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Our 1000 yard shot. Note the white dot I “photo shopped” on the right picture. That is where the target was set up.

At 425 yards, shooting a mass-produced 7.62×39, I was not sure what kind of accuracy I would achieve. The 7.62×39 is not exactly know as a precision round. Proning out in the dirt, with a rear bag and a heavy load on the bipod, I found my target, made sure the bubble on my scope was level, exhaled slowly and squeezed the trigger. Ping! Through the scope I observed a solid hit near the middle of the steel target. Cycling the bolt, I sent another shot down range and was delighted to see my round land 6 inches from the first shot. The third shot landed near the first. 3 shots, 3 hits. At 425 yards, I had grouped about 7 inches. That echoed what we had seen at 100 yards in regard to group size. I grabbed my Remington 700, shot 3 rounds, and got 3 solid hits. Time to move back.

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Tom R’s Remington 700.  Very accurate rifle. Tom likes to shoot off a ruck.

Our next shooting station was at 840 yards. Once again, Tom R shot his Remington 700 and the Christensen Rifle first. At this point in the shoot the wind became aggressive. Tom R made consistent hits with both rifles, as did his cousin. Proning out behind my Remington 700, I had no problems getting a high hit ratio with the Hornady 178 grain ELD-X rounds. I kind of half-joked that we should try the Howa, “just to see.” Consulting my ballistic program, the data we had gathered from our previous engagements, and my trusty gut, I held 8 mils and sent a round down range. We were all pleasantly surprised when the round impacted very, very close to the target. Tom R gave me a wind correction and I squeezed off another round. The round impacted on the edge of the target. I sent several more rounds down range, and had more hits than misses. Frankly, we were stunned. Consistent hits with 7.62×39 at 840 yards.

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My Remington 700 and the Hensoldt scope I was testing alongside the Howa MiniAction. I prefer to shoot off a simple bipod on the dirt with a rear bag. For this shoot, I used Horandy’s new ELD-X ammuntion. Great ammunition. Very high Ballistic Coefficients. Throughout the day I had a very high hit ratio.

Our last shoot of the day was at 1000 yards. We consulted our ballistics calculators and Kestrels, studied the mirage on the range, then Tom R got settled in and started making noise. Once again his gear, DOPE, and training shined. His Remington 700 performed well, his Christensen Arms 6.5 Creedmoor was simply amazing. One thing his cousin wanted to do was make a 1000 yard shot. He proned out, loaded the rifle into Tom’s ruck, waited as Tom dialed the scope, and squeezed the trigger. He was all smiles when I called his first shot as a hit. My Remington 700 performed well at 1000 yards. After getting a decent hit ratio at 840 yards with the Howa MiniAction, we were all anxious to see what the rifle, and more importantly the ammo, would do at 1000 yards. I didn’t have good data at 1000, so I thought, in the words of Todd Hodnett, “just let the bullet tell you what it wants to do.” I held 9 mils high and sent a round down range. Since my Vortex PST was only a 10 power, I had a good field of view at 1000 yards. I observed the splash of the bullet. Once Tom R told me how many mils low I was, I dialed my scope up several mils, adjusted for wind, and fired again. My second shot was very close to the target. I made the corrections in my head, waited for Tom R to give me his observations, dialed up another mil, accounted for wind, squeezed the trigger, and was not really surprised when Tom called out a hit. Cycling the bolt, I sent another round down range and observed another hit. I missed my 3rd and 4th shots due to erratic wind from multiple directions. The wind died down a bit and I was able to get my 5th round on target. At this point we concluded our test.

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Tom R and I. Great friend, shooter, and spotter. Damn good day. A big thank you to Tom’s cousin for spending the day on the range with us.

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Howa MiniAction. Great little rifle!

Closing thoughts

After two solid days of testing the Howa MiniAction rifles I came away very impressed. The rifles were accurate, lightweight, compact, and are affordable. As mentioned earlier, after seeing what the Howa MiniAction 7.62×39 was capable of, I have no doubt that I could have placed the 6.5 Grendel on steel at 1000 yards. The 7.62×51, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 6.5 Grendel performed exactly as designed. What amazed me was what military surplus Wolf 7.62×39 was capable of. Granted the ranch sits at 6200 feet. Due to barometric pressure and temperature the day of our shoot, our density altitudes were around 10,000 feet. Could I have made consistent shots in the middle of winter with 7.62×39 at 1000 yards? Probably not. Could I have made consistent hits at 1000 yards, at sea level? Probably not. Could I have grouped in the middle of the target as opposed to the edges? Maybe with match grade ammunition. Is the 7.62×39 round suitable for precision work past 600 yards?  I think there are better options. That said, given the conditions, the 7.62×39 exceeded expectations. Another thing to note, that when running the Wolf Performance Ammunition through the chronograph, the ammunition was consistent with a spread of 35 feet per second (2492, 2506, 2471, 2490, 2481). Not bad for mass-produced ammunition. I really wanted to buy the Howa MiniAction that I was provided for testing. When my editor inquired with Legacy, we were told that the rifle I tested was a prototype and that I would have to return it. The Howa MiniAction 6.5 Grendel was a nice rifle and would be perfect for training a young shooter or shooting varmints. The MiniAction 7.62×39 was an absolute blast to shoot, and would be perfect for plinking, training, teaching fundamentals, or hunting. I will be adding this gun to my collection as soon as possible. Thank you Tom R for being a good spotter and friend. A big thank you to Legacy Sports for providing The Firearm Blog these rifles for testing.

As always, tips, opinions and humor are welcome in the comments below. Stay safe!



Thomas Gomez

Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at LOADTHATBIPOD@gmail.com


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  • Andrew Miller

    Better 7.62×39 exists.
    I got some Olympic that I’d love to see the performance in a Bolt Gun.

    But I don’t have the funds to buy one…

    Maybe I can get sent one for T/E.
    Ha ha ha.

    • Thomas Gomez

      You are absolutely correct. I can’t wait to get back on the range with some match grade ammunition. You recommend Olympic? Any other brands? Hope this finds you well!

      • Andrew Miller

        I meant I have some Olympic.
        I don’t know if it’s even imported.
        It was very accurate in the rifles I shot, but they were all AK’s.
        It’s brass cased and uses an M67 bullet like the Yugoslavian stuff does, just with a Boxer casing instead of it being Berdan.

        Wouldn’t call it “match” but it was better than just plain old Wolf.

        Plus…reloadable casings.

        Which, out of an AK, means you find 1/3 of them and most of them are dinged.

        If you can find some available I’d advise trying it out.

        • Thomas Gomez

          Thank you Sir. Will do.

        • iksnilol

          brass cased, non corrosive and M67?

          Reminds me of Igman ammo (“Red Army Elite” as it is marketed in the USA for some reason).

    • iksnilol

      Or Lapua if you want to get realy dangerous.

      • truthsayer

        I cannot speak for the Howa, but our CZ527 Carbine shoots about 1.5moa with the Lapua factory loads (and subsequent handholds in the Lapua brass) and the usual 2-3moa with cheap Russian ammo.

  • TC

    I bought one in .223, nice rifle for the money. One piece forged bolt, smooth action. I’m getting a little under 1 moa at 100 yds. Two stage trigger, with an ok second stage, not as good as my Rem 700. I mounted a Nikon M223 3-12x scope. Weatherby rebrands Howas and sells them.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Thanks for the comment!

      • truthsayer

        So… even in the Howa the 6.5 Grendel has magazine feeding problems.

        • DrewN

          Yeah, it’s super finicky in my experience, though I don’t own a bolt gun in Grendel.

        • Thomas Gomez

          Hey truthsayer.

          It was a tad finicky, but not to the point where it slowed me down in any noticeable way. I have had bolt action rifles chambered in .308 that were an absolute pain to cycle, shoot etc. The 7.62×39 rifles was 100%. Hope this finds you well.

          • truthsayer

            Feeding is a huge problem with 6.5 Grendel semi-autos. At least the Howa didn’t shear any bolt lugs, the other perennial problem with 6.5 Grendel semi-autos. 🙂

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    I’m really surprised that you got the 7.62×39 to group and shoot that well. Thanks for the review, it was very enlightening.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Hi Sunshine.

      After that shoot, I can’t wait to get back on the range with match grade ammunition and custom drag model. Awesome rifles.

      • CommonSense23

        Those were three round groups?

        • Thomas Gomez

          Hey Common.

          Those were 3 shot groups on the 6.5. I know…I should have done 5. Hope this finds you well!

    • notalima

      My little CZ527 in 7.62×39 surprised me with how well it shoot bulk steel-cased at 600 meters. 4/5 on steel most days (barring gusting winds). My range group called BS until they got behind the scope on the silhouette range and could replicate it. That little carbine has become one of my favorite guns.

      • Thomas Gomez

        I love it when people call B.S! then are quickly proven wrong. I have a CZ 550..one of my favorite rifles. Classic.

  • CanadianShill

    That’s great. Finally a cheaper option than a CZ for a “by 39” bolt gun, great story, keep up the good work

    • iksnilol

      But it’s a push feed.

      At least you can have 10 round mags to make up for it.

      • Tassiebush

        I had a .223 weatherby vanguard which is basically a short action version of this. It fed perfectly and you could just drop a round into the action and it’d always chamber fine. I bought the detachable magazine kit and it still worked fine. Basically I don’t reckon this cedes any ground to the cz527 except on prettiness. I know in theory there’s the potential short stroke double feed risk with push feed but it never happened and those rounds happily chamber themselves.

        • TC

          I did some rapid fire drills with my .223 and haven’t had any problems at all with the feeding. The only issue with the magazine is that it is too easy to bump the magazine catch and drop the magazine out of the rifle, without knowing it.

      • CanadianShill

        I can’t have 10 rounds, I’m Canadian and can’t be trusted with more than 5.

        • MemorableC

          yes you can, there is no mag capacity for a manual repeating rifle in Canada. its semi auto center fires that are limited to 5, 10 if the mag is marked pistol.

          AICS 10 round mags are perfectly legal too. And there are some AIA mags that work in m1a’s that allow you to use 10 round mags too.

      • Paul White

        don’t care, want one. Or two. but damn, I can’t justify another 223 bolt gun, and I don’t want to add another caliber right now, with the impending ammo shortages I expect after the election

  • Pistolero

    I would be interested in the thin-profile barrel configuration of this rifle in either .223 or 7.62 x 39, as a general purpose ranch rifle (GPRR).

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Is the bore on the 7.62×39 model .310/.311 or .308?

    If it’s .308, then for hunters who reload makes it a much more interesting gun.

    Also, bummer they went with AI-looking mags (Are they AI-compatible?) as opposed to AR mags.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Hey Christian. I will email Howa and see if we can get those questions answered.

      Hope this finds you well!

    • Anonymoose

      They aren’t AI-compatible. Howa uses “ATI pattern” (Adaptive Technologies Inc) mags.

  • john huscio

    Would be nice in 7×57 or 6.5×55

    • iksnilol

      Then it wouldn’t be a mini-action anymore.

      • Anonymoose

        What about 6.8 SPC? That’s mini-action and technically 7mm…

        • Giolli Joker

          I’d guess that any possible advantage of the 6.8 SPC over the Grendel would be lost in a bolt action.

          • Anonymoose

            But it would fan the flames of the eternal 6.5-6.8 war.

    • Tassiebush

      Pretty sure 6.5×55 is either a boss or weatherby vanguard long action offering.

      • Thomas Gomez

        Good to know!

  • Rusty S.

    Great article, Thomas. Those look like great little rifles for the price.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Awesome rifles! You going to SHOT next year?

  • HenryV

    Is it safe with 5.56 then? I have been looking at MVP’s but I have heard too many stories now. For what centrefire shooting I will be doing the Howa’s seem like a sensible option. Not that not being able to fire 5.56 is a deal breaker, it is more a matter of interest.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Hi Henry.

      I work with two old timers that hunt coyotes together. They both use Howa’s and they both bring in groups that are .5 MOA at 100 yards. This was my first exposure to Howa. Great little guns.

  • Tassiebush

    Great evaluation and it’s a rifle that really appeals to me. I can see the carbine in 7.62×39 in my future.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Thank you Tassie! Hope this finds you well!

      • Tassiebush

        Hey Thomas, I haven’t heard a 7.62×39 fired before. How does it compare to a .223 noise level wise? Just weighing up whether it’d upset the neighbours more than the .223 (Tikka t3 lite) that I use.

  • Dual sport

    This would be awesome in left hand.

  • JamesG3

    Great. I’ve been looking at the CZ in 7.62×39 for a while, but I do like Howa’s rifles, and this will now give me another great option. Competition is good!

    • Thomas Gomez

      The market really needed this rifle. I think this was something everyone wanted.

  • C. Her

    As a former Howa Axiom owner (traded it for an AR and still am regretting it) I am happy to read this article. I just wished Howa’s had a threaded muzzle option so I don’t need to spend another $100 or so for a gunsmith to thread it for my can. Howa are you listening?

  • Full Name

    Very enjoyable article! 1000-yard hits with 7.62×39? Stunning!

  • Flyingchipmunk

    I’ve got a 7.62×39 rifle but it’s a CZ 527 with a Leupold 1.5-4x on it. I get 1 MOA groups at 100 yards off a front sandbag and my shoulder with the same ammo used here. Surprisingly accurate. Love shooting it off hand with the set trigger too.

    I also have a Weatherby Vangaurd though which uses the same action as the Howa, and it’s a great rifle as well. I’m sure this little Howa shoots great. Glad to see more options like this one but I’ll be holding onto my CZ 527 for now.

  • Shaun

    Varmint with a 6.5 Grendel? I go deer hunting with mine and it’s been more than adequate.

  • TC

    Here’s some targets from today, this is a Howa Mini Action .223, 4-12 Nikon M223, 100yds, bench rest/sandbags, American Eagle 50 grain varmint , and Wolf Gold 55 gr. I like that rifle.

  • Nick Baixiang Xu

    Please try Brown Bear HP and GECO ammo, these are the most accurate cheap ammo I tried. 7.62×39