Howa m1500 .375 Ruger

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  1. Leon123

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    Good day I am looking to buy a Howa m1500 375Ruger. I would like to know how good is the rifle. Aswell as how is the recoil on them
     

  2. Ragman

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    I have no experience with the .375 Ruger, however I did own a Smith & Wesson Model 1500 (which is now the Howa) for 25 years, and it was a good one. Mine was chambered in 7mm Rem Mag and never let me down. It traveled with me to Namibia in 2014 and except for the first day where I had to use my PH's rifle due to ours not arriving in Windhoek till the day after we got there, it performed as it always does and added a baboon, warthog, hartebeest and impala to my trophy room.

    Two years ago, I decided that I really wanted to replace it with a Tikka T3 and there have been pros and cons with that. The S&W had a hinge-plate which I prefer over a detachable magazine like the Tikka has. Not sure if Howa uses a DM or not. The light weight of the Tikka causes noticeably more felt recoil than the 1500 to me. Tikka action is far nicer and it is a slightly nicer shooting rifle to me.

    Based on 25 years with my Model 1500, I think you'll be happy with the Howa!
     

  3. Leon123

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    I spoke to a guy who has a varmint howa in .308 and loves it. They do look to be built good .
     
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    Howa is fine, I think they were better 5-10 years ago but they are fine. Actually I think they may have stopped making them in the 375 so you may very well be looking at a slightly older rifle anyway.

    If it's a factory synthetic stock you're probably going to have your hands full with recoil; they are pretty light.

    You can't beat the cost
     

  5. Leon123

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    I started to look for them. I think I saw one at our one gun shop that a guy traded in on something smaller hope its still there
     

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    I love my .375 Ruger. I Have the Ruger Guide Gun with It's excellent muzzle brake and recoil pad. The recoil is about that of my T/C Encore 30-06. But better still I can stay on target and track through the scope while reloading a second round for very fast follow up shots even with the minimum caliber for dangerous game.
     
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  7. ArmyGrunt

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    Mixed info from me on this one. I have a Howa 1500 in 30-06 that went to SA in '12. No problems with it whatsoever.
    I have a Savage 110 in 375 Ruger. Hits me hard at the bench, but fun to shoot standing.
    The stock on either is basically identical to the other: hollow butt to the synthetic, rubber molded stock. Both are great guns
     

  8. 375 Ruger Fan

    375 Ruger Fan AH ENABLER GOLD SUPPORTER AH Legend

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    It goes without saying that I like the 375 Ruger too. I believe @curtism1234 is correct that Howa has quit making them. But if you can get your hands on a good used one, I'd say go for it.

    While not specifically about the Howa 1500, here are a number of good reference articles and info on the 375 Ruger.

    Real Guns Hand load data for the 375 Ruger
    http://www.realguns.com/loads/375Ruger.htm

    The Real Guns CZ 550 FS Goes 375 Ruger Part I
    http://www.realguns.com/articles/212.htm

    The Real Guns CZ 550 FS Goes 375 Ruger Part II
    http://www.realguns.com/articles/214.htm

    Ruger's Guide Gun in 375 Ruger
    http://www.realguns.com/articles/596.htm


    The 375 Ruger Story - All Guns & No Ammo Part I
    http://www.realguns.com/archives/134.htm

    375 H&H Vs 375 Ruger Part I of II
    http://www.realguns.com/archives/143.htm

    375 H&H Vs 375 Ruger Part II of II
    http://www.realguns.com/archives/144.htm
     

  9. ArmyGrunt

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    I find it hard to believe you like this cartridge....fibber!
     

  10. Eddie P

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    I considered a Howa when I got my 375rug, I discounted it because of the lack of open sights.

    Other than that they are good rifles.
     

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    Howa. Actions are fine for the money the factory guns shoot good enough for hunting and they do use a floor plate but you can get a DM system for them if needed
    I'm just about to do one with a Hardy carbon wrapped barrel in 6.5x47 as a light weight hunting rifle for deer here in the uk
     

  12. Leon123

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    Sounds like a good combination for the Deere
     

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    I used my PH's 30-06 Howa on a couple of animals last year, the gun shot well. I had no problems with it whatsoever.
     

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