Howa Long-Range Rifle

Howa Long Range Rifle

Legacy Sports International announced it would now be offering the Howa Long-Range Rifle to the United States shooting market. The guns are sold solo and as complete rifle packages that include a variable power scope.

At the heart of the gun is the Howa 1500 Precision Barreled Action. Howa uses a 26″ heavy barrel on this gun for both of the offered calibers: 6.5 Creedmoor and .308 Win. The barrels are threaded and come with a thread protector. Suppressors and brakes are on you.

Howa Long Range Rifle

Howa uses a Bell & Carlson stock in a varmint configuration with a high cheekpiece. On the back end of the stock is a 1″ Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. Stocks are available in two colors: desert tan and green.

As I mentioned, the guns can be purchased as scoped packages. Both calibers ship with a Nikko Stirling Diamond 4-16x 44 scope. This is a first focal plane scope. The scope has dual illumination: both red and green to match your shooting conditions. According Legacy Sports, the scope is “magnum rated,” so I would expect that it should stand up to a lot of shooting.

Both the gun and the scope come with a lifetime warranty. The gun also carries a one MOA guarantee (with good ammo, of course.) Pricing for the gun (both calibers, colors) alone is $1,015. With the scope the MSRP is $1,299.

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  • aguywhoknows

    Oh yeah, nearly exactly what I built five years ago.

    26″ BB Howa 1500 in .308 Win with a B&C stock.

    60mm groups at 300m all day with my handloads.

    • Doszap

      You were lucky to get your hands on one of thise………..

  • iksnilol

    That’s a really good deal. Even the scope seems decent.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Might be a good excuse to get into the 6.5 game.

      • iksnilol

        Ain’t no excuses to getting into the 6.5 game.

        Only reason to not be in the 6.5 game is if you somehow lost your arms and eyes in a freak alligator/giraffe accident and could never operate a rifle again.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Unfortunately my bank account does not sprout a grand every time a new rifle comes out.

          • iksnilol

            I don’t think I’ve ever related to you more than now.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Still ive always wanted a HOWA.
            Only heard good things.

          • iksnilol

            Those and Sakos are supposed to be good.

            Whilst here I am dreaming of a clunker Mauser 😛 Just much work.

          • Paul White

            I love mine but its a basic 1500 with no fancies. Still a good gun

        • The_Champ

          6.5 x 52 Carcano for the win! 😉

          • iksnilol
          • The_Champ

            I just don’t see any reason to upgrade to some new fangled Swedish or Japanese 6.5mm round that all the kids today are yapping about. Nope, for me it’s a blunt, slow, round nose bullet, or nothing.

          • iksnilol

            only thing the Carcano is good for is assassinating people in moving cars out of book depositories.

          • The_Champ

            I think what the masses are really demanding is for Nathaniel to do an in depth comparison of all of the old 6.5mm military cartridges.

          • iksnilol

            Why? they’re all inferior to 6.5×55.

          • The_Champ

            Pretty sure 6.5×54mm Mannlicher–Schönauer has killed more elephants.

            Check and mate.

          • DW

            I believe 7.62X54R killed more elephants and rhinos than any other cartridge in the world. Checkmate?

          • jonp

            Actually, i just spoke with someone that does elephant culls. They are all using .308 now

          • iksnilol

            Why are you shooting elephants? What’s wrong with you!?

          • Doszap

            If you believe a Carcano is capable of that accuracy…………I was alive and watched it, still do not believe the lies.

        • RocketScientist

          Swedish 6.5 is best 6.5 I finally added a swede mauser to my mil-surp collection and i love it SO MUCH. The gun is almost as awesome as the cartridge. Soft shooting. Flat shooting. Great sectional density.

          • iksnilol



      • Jolly

        This Howa or the Savage 10 BA Stealth? I am also looking to get into the 6.5 game. Both are about the same price.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          Dont know, like I said I dont own anything that fires this caliber yet. But both companies have pretty solid reps.
          On a strictly aesthetic level I prefer the non tacticool look.

        • iksnilol

          If you already got a scope, then the Savage might be good. But if not, then the Howa has definitely the lead with a seemingly good scope already included.

        • Marcus D.

          The BA Stealth is a chassis rifle, and Howa also makes one that is in the same price range. This rifle’s MSRP is about what you can buy the Savage at at market price (if not less). The difference (bsides being slightly lighter) is that this Howa has a ) MOA set of rings, while their chassis rifle has 20 MOA rings, which you really need to get really far out. Further, Howa has all kinds of color and scope options that you don’t get with the Savage. Howa also sells a broad range of stocks with Creedmoor barrels in lengths of 22 to 26″, and with different barrel profiles. Personally, I am not familiar with this stock or how it compares to the various Hogue stocks that Howa sells.

          • Doszap

            Bell and Carlson(IMHO), unless they have changed, have always been 3rd,on the fact stock list for varmint style tubes.

        • Doszap

          Like the Howa finish,and action, but unless they have shortened their throats, and tightened chamber specs I would stick with the Savage.

    • Bucho4Prez

      Yea, for once, a post on the internet may turn into a sale from me. Also, been waiting for a good, cheap , .308 bolt gun to drop out of the heavens.

      • iksnilol

        Howa’s are supposed to be good, and it’s an FFP scope on it. I just hope the adjustments and reticle are in the same measurement (Moa-Moa or mil-mil, preferably the latter).

        • Bucho4Prez

          I would presume so, but who knows until someone lays a hand on it. The MSRP on the scope appears to be $450 so there is an advantage to the package deal

          • Doszap

            THEY lost me a STIRLING, always been crap.
            Nikon straight up, or another brand.

      • Devil_Doc

        Tikka T3. You’re welcome.. 🙂

        • mazkact

          Me too. It will be a Tikka T3 Tactical chassis rifle(in 7.62 I’m slow to change) when they finally come out. I am a sucker for fine Finnish rifles.

  • TC

    Howa makes good rifles. I bought a .223 mini action heavy barrel, and it is a joy to shoot.

    • Audie Bakerson

      I hope Trump and Abe clear things up so we can start getting modern sporting rifles from them again.

      • DW

        You mean the Howa AR18?

        • Audie Bakerson

          Was thinking the 89式 it evolved into

      • Doszap

        I read the 2nd in charge BATFE dog said he thought it was time the rules were loosened and allowed the Chinese, and Rooskies to start importing sticks in back in again.
        (this was week before last)
        About ruined my computer screen with Coke!.
        Said we have American makers here just about making them the same, so why not just open it up.
        Rifles of all kinds are on used in less than 1% of all homicides, and less than 1/10th% of that 1% were AR’s, or AK clones.
        (Last FBI STATS for 2014)
        I am all in for the 89 law being overturned as well as the GWB Sr LAW OF 86?.

        • Audie Bakerson

          Read that too. Got to agree with the theory it’s a job application because I can’t think of any other reason an ATF guy would be reasonable.

          I’m not sure Trump will be for Chinese imports simply because he’s a protectionist and Anti-China. Hopefully we will see some more Howa stuff in the west though.

  • Goody

    A long range rifle without a baseball-bat bolt handle?

    • iksnilol

      Duh, that’s what the sidearm’s for.

  • gusto

    one of the few companies and doesn’t care about us left hand shooters AT ALL
    atleast the others have a token LH model…

  • El Duderino

    If this had a Horus reticle I’d be whipping out my credit card right now. And I shoot left handed! Bolt position doesn’t mean much on a prone-only precision rifle. Really good deal.

    • DrewN

      I prefer a RH action from a supported position myself. The only rifles I care about being LH would be dangerous game rifles.

  • John

    Howas, the sub moa Japanese bolt gun that sells at <$500 with no resale value that many people admire but few actually pick up and use

  • J. gM

    A Japanese gun – like in gun-control Japan which totally bans private ownership of handguns ?

    • Tassiebush

      Weatherby vanguards are from the same factory and basically the same gun with a few variations.

  • Wil Ferch

    I built just such a gun on my own 4 years ago. Basic Howa 1500 with bull/varmint weight barrel and then bought the Bell and Carlson stock. Used a Bushnell 10x mil-dot scope with mil adjustments. Fantastic package that cost just over $1000 total ( and I still have the original Hogue stock too to sell to offset some of the cost). Minor issue….look at the Bell and Carlson stock….made very well and solid… BUT….the sweep of the “tang”….that portion of the pistol grip “Curve” that goes back and down….is VERY LONG and horizontal before it sweeps down….and doesn’t drop quickly like most stocks. OK for guys with LARGE hands but makes for a terribly long trigger reach for guys with average or short hands like me. Required some noodling and modding of the stock in that area….but the package ended up FANTASTIC otherwise. As someone here mentioned, this is essentially a Weatherby Vanguard….very high quality. The machine work and the “squareness” of the barrel/receiver interface is amazingly square….unlike many Rem 700’s that need to be blueprinted by a custom smith to get right. Also….the Howa is almost a duplicate of various Sako designs and also uses the superior M16 style extractor instead of the goofy Rem 700 piece. Altogether a great and under-rated rifle.

  • Doszap

    6.5 Creedmoors are fab, but unless you have deep pockets,prepare to re-barrel or set the tubes back every 1000/1200 TOPS rounds, that’s why the venerable .308/7.62×51 is still hanging in.
    A good Rock 5R, or a Bartlein 5r is GTG for at least MOA till 6-8k rounds if cleaned and shot properly.
    Check out what USED to be a reasonable rifle for under $2k(that woulds shoot 1/4″/3/8″ all day long if you did your part.)