Howa Expands MiniAction Line: 7.62×39, 6.5 Grendel

HOWA MiniAction MultiCam

Legacy Sports International announced that it would now be offering two new calibers in the Howa MiniAction line. The two new calibers are the 7.62×39 and the 6.5 Grendel. These join the .204 Ruger, .222 Remington and .223 Remington that are already available in this rifle series.

Both guns are available in a variety of configurations including stock colors, barrel lengths and both with and without a scope. The synthetic stocks are available in black, green, Yote, Highlander and MultiCam. Blued barrels are available in 20″ and 22″ lengths, and can be hand in lightweight, standard or heavy profiles.

If you opt for the scoped package, Howa includes a 3-9×40 Nikko Stirling Panamax scope. Five round magazines are standard for both calibers.

For those that are concerned, the 7.62×39 barrel has a true .311 diameter bore. According to Legacy, these rifles have a 1:9.45″ twist rate that provides “excellent downrange performance.”

Both rifles come with a sub-MOA guarantee and a lifetime warranty. The suggested retail pricing runs from $652 – $840 depending on what options you select. For example, a black or green stocked rifle with the scope and lightweight 20″ barrel carries a suggested retail of $769.

I really like the addition of the 7.62×39 to the line. Compared to other popular cartridges, the 7.62×39 has relatively few bolt action options on the market. I’ve built an AR-style pig gun in 7.62×39, but have been wanting a bolt gun in this caliber. It seems that this new Howa might just be the ticket.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Porty1119

    Any word on left-handed options?

    • gusto

      HOWA does not offer any action as a lefthanded one

      weatherby that buys some actions from HOWA don’t. I guess they don’t care about us.

      It is too bad because the HOWA 1500 is an excellent rifle, especially in a hoguestock, good knock around rifle

  • Cal S.

    It’s just a matter of time before Mossberg undercuts them by $300…except theirs will be AK-magazine compatible.

    • Audie Bakerson

      Patriot uses a proprietary mag, at least with their 308 version.

    • De Facto

      I handled Mossberg’s MVP and I was singularly unimpressed by it. You may not always get what you pay for, but you definitely don’t get what you don’t pay for. I would prefer to pay for quality and pass it on to my children than buy a substitute that is cheaper in every sense of the word.

  • Johnsmyname

    I’d like to see a .300blk with threaded barrel. Makes more sense than the 7.62×39 option, at least to me it does.

    • Anonymoose

      You can get subsonic 7.62×39 too, it’s just that AKs leak gas everywhere so most AK shooters don’t have much use for it.

      • Johnsmyname

        True, but not as readily available to most. I would also guess that more people reload for blk than x39. I guess that’s not the market they’re after though.

        • clampdown

          Supposedly the CZ is 1-2 MOA with steel case ammo. If this Howa is as good, those 154 grain Tula loads will make a nice gun for short-range hunting pretty much anything in the South, in addition to giving folks like me who own an SKS and/or AK another way to use up their FMJ. Would be a good “first” centerfire for a kid as well.

          • Johnsmyname

            All good points clampdown. I know you said supposedly, but I highly doubt any com-bloc steel cased ammo is shooting 1-2 MOA. Regardless off how amazing the barrel is, I don’t think those bullets are good enough quality to do it.

          • Muggo

            “Supposedly the CZ is 1-2 MOA with steel case ammo.”

            I own one and I can confirm that yes, the rifle is indeed capable of 1 MOA accuracy with steel cased ammo. I’ve done it numerous times with Soviet surplus corrosive-as-hell steel core m43 ball. I tried it with some really old green-box Barnaul ammo too, but that shot much worse, like 2-3 MOA at 100M, and the point of impact changed like a foot to the side.

    • Tma

      CZ will release their 527 model in 300blk caliber and supressor threads this year

  • Test Bacon

    The only other bolt action factory rifle I can recall is a CZ gun. Its nice that there are more options coming in.

    • Anonymoose

      Remington and Zastava make them (or made them) in the past. I think there was a Ruger one too.

      • Russ Kell

        Savage made one as well. One of the chamberings for their scout-type rifle.

        • gusto

          savage makes the walking varminter, from the looks of it it seems like a beefed up mkII

          Norinco makes a mini action 223 to

          If that was what we were talking about

          the zastava is a sako vixen IIRC
          don’t know if sako themselves ever offered a 223, but shouldn’t be too big of a smith job to change from a 222 to a 223? barrel swap or just a chamberjob if that is possible

      • yup

        I own the Zastava, the Trigger pull is very heavy, though there might be a way to adjust it.

        • Anonymoose

          You could making a Timney trigger work…?

          • yup

            Possibly. Though, the Website doesn’t show Zastava.

          • Anonymoose

            No, I meant adapting a Timney Mauser trigger to work in the Zastava.

          • yup

            That might work. I may try that. Thanks for the idea!

  • Just say’n

    “Gee I wish I had a tack-driving 7.62×39!”…said no one ever.

    • DrewN

      Eh, either of these would be a great cheap youth deer rifle with the standard or lightweight profile barrel.

      • Just say’n

        That’s when you dig that Norinco SKS out of the back of your safe (or better yet, the Zastava).

        • iksnilol

          I dunno, it is heavier and less accurate + maybe not legal for hunting everywhere.

    • Audie Bakerson

      No one in the US. I’m sure there’s some countries where better calibers aren’t readily available.

      • Just say’n

        And they’re going to shoot Wolf Gold in your tack drivin’ 7.62×39 Howa? Oh wait, they don’t make that. Personally never seen 7.62 x 39 match ammo. I guess they’d have to roll their own. But with the ballistic coefficient of a barn door, there’s only so much you can do with 7.62 x 39.

        • Hornady Steel Match

          • Blake

            great stuff.

            Prvi Partizan does the business pretty well too, as does Fiocchi.

        • Gene

          Ballistics is comparable to 30-30, iirc, which is a pretty functional round.

        • iksnilol

          Fiocchi, PP, Hornady, Norma, Lapua and of course handloads.

          Just cause you never used a 7.62×39.

          • Just Sayin’

            Oh, I use it plenty in my SKSs (Chicom & Yugo) for range plinking. The B.C. is so poor and ammo cheaply made (for good reason) that it just never once occurred to me that ANYONE would want a tack-driven’ bolt action 7.62×39. I live in the western U.S. where long range shooting starts at 300 yards. Lots of better rounds than the 7.62×39 for that, LoL. I admit though that based on the responses above others don’t see it that way.

          • iksnilol

            Well, BC has nothing to do with precision. Plenty of PPC cartridges were made based on the x39.

          • DrewN

            Buy the Grendel then. 300 yards is certainly no issue for that cartridge.

          • Just Sayin’

            That’s exactly my point, and what I did. Very happy with my Grendel (AR).

        • Muggo

          The ammo is usually okay, the rifles however aren’t usually built for accuracy.

          These new bolt actions are different. My light and handy CZ527 carbine shoots about 1MOA at 100meters with Soviet m43 steel core surplus which is really really cheap in Europe.

          My handloads often shoot better than 1MOA at 200M.

          And that’s with an unmodified out-of-the-box rifle that I just threw a scope on.

          I’m sure it would be even more accurate if I tuned the trigger properly and bedded the the action better since the bedding is admittedly pretty crude.

          It’s perfect for hunting small deer, red fox, and sitting geese.
          Not as big and heavy as full size rifle, but just as accurate as most.
          More powerful than a .223, but not quite as flat shooting.

        • Thomas Gomez

          Golden Tiger is sub moa. I found that wolf had less of an extreme spread then some Hornady Match.

    • clampdown

      I’m only interested in practical accuracy and have an SKS. I’ll probably get a bolt gun in the caliber at some point, as I don’t have a bolt gun, and lots of cheap ammo. Also have a basic reloading setup, so it would also be fun to work out some light high velocity loads and heavier, thumper type loads. And, as I said, there is nothing in South GA that this caliber can’t handle. I once head shot a fox with the Cor-Bon 108 grain load out the SKS…Needless to say, the exit side of his head was gone…

    • Blake

      …said everyone that’s ever shot a CZ-527 carbine.

      7.62×39 with good ammo (or reloads) in a quality rifle is an excellent hunting round, & the ability to feed it the cheap stuff for practice is a bonus.

      We have a Russian SKS (Izhmash) with a poly bolt buffer & a few other internal mods that shoots about 2MoA with all but the cheapest ammo, & the Accuracy Systems Mini-30 with Hornady ammo is every bit as precise as similarly-priced AR-15s.

      • No one

        “& the Accuracy Systems Mini-30 with Hornady ammo is every bit as precise as similarly-priced AR-15s.”

        Not even close, also trying to match grade a Mini-14 is a waste of time and money in the first place.

        • DrewN

          Ha! I have an ASI in 6.5 Grendel and it’s dumb. I love it,but it is dumb. Pretty good shooter though. Solid MOA from a magazine, better if you use a sled and can mess with the length. Makes me laugh when I think how much I spent on basically a straight pull single shot mini. They do good work though, they turn out some nice rigs in .223.

    • De Facto

      I did. A bolt action 7.62×39 is my next planned firearms purchase.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I can see the magic of having a light handy bolt action that I can practice with for dirt cheap. Is it enough to make me go out and buy a CZ (or the new Howa)? Probably not since I have other things I want to spend my money on first, but I cant say I wouldnt want one.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Perfect for introducing new shooters to long range. I can hit an 8×10 inch steel out to 600 yards. We have shot these rifles out to 1000 yards on an 18 inch steel plate. Perfect for learning wind. Cheap and sub moa with Golden tiger.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Has the Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act been reintroduced for the new congress yet? I want a Type 89. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a9027236400b117363e997f0da88fd2d679eec5b4e1d97c29250ca40786a26b.jpg

  • Andrew

    I would love to see a comparison (hint hint wink TFB plz do this) between this and the CZ 527. The CZ would get a nod from me in the aesthetics department for the wooden stock and hooded irons sights, however this might be a better performer.

    • iksnilol

      I think the CZ performs better, especially due to the Mauser feed.

    • Thomas Gomez

      We will try to make it happen.

    • clampdown

      I’m with you. Anything in 7.62×39 has to have irons of some sort on it.

  • mike

    How about an inexpensive rifle in this inexpensive caliber?

    • clampdown

      I agree. Savage needs to make a version of their “Hog Hunter” in it, or, even better, a cheap “Scout” with aperture sights.

  • Roadkill

    The CZ is made to deal with steel cased ammo, but I’d like to know how well this can digest the same.

    • Muggo

      The .311 bore diameter and 1:9 twist rate of this Howa is identical to the CZ rifles. So the Howa should shoot steel case just fine. Like the CZ however, it might under preform loaded with American-made ammo that is sometimes loaded with .308 diameter bullets.

      If these mini-action rifles are built as well as their full size rifles they should be really sweet rifles. The only problems I can foresee with them would stem from the plastic trigger guard and magazine. From what I understand those can be problematic, which is why Howa rifles are usually sold in Europe with classic Mauser-style blind magazines loaded from the top.

      • clampdown

        The only time my SKS has ever hiccuped was with the expensive Cor Bon 108 grain loads. I had a failure to eject, which is funny because that rifle throws cases 25 yards. At the range, I always try to get the far right bench so that the shells just bounce off of the wall and hit me on the head instead of another shooter.

  • Mrninjatoes

    TFB already reviewed this rifle. The author shot it to 1000 yards.

  • It’s rather easy to miss an article from a fellow writer especially when you have your own publication and a full-time job. Not to mention living over 1,000 miles apart.

    • Gene

      I could have sworn TFB had a search function… ;-). Regardless, neat rifle and it was fun to read about it, again.

      • Thomas Gomez

        Hey Gene.

        Our WordPress site can be a tad finicky in regards to conducting thorough searches. Hope this finds you well!

  • gusto

    I am offended and triggered that they still don’t make a lefthanded version

    HOWA are sinisterophobes

    • Tinkerer

      …I thought it was agreed that the Left was evil…

  • Thomas Gomez

    Hey Ninja.

    It happens. Not a problem. More exposure for an awesome piece of hardware. Take care.

  • Dual sport

    ..and still no left hand action.

  • Old Vet

    Can someone on here give me a review on the Howa’s from personally owning one? I worked in a gun shop for awhile after I retired and they kind of poo-poo’d the Howa’s. I like the idea of the 6.5 Grendel for deer hunting.