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Question by cody141. Uploaded on January 06, 2013
Pretty sure that gun is actually a How's and can be bought more cheaply as a How's. Sub MOA solid fire arm.
Sorry auto correct Howa
I have had two of them . A Vanguard Deluxe wood stock in .257 Weatherby. Great gun just didn't need it. The last one I had was a Vanguard Series 2 in 25-06. Loved the gun, didn't care for the caliber. Traded it off. If I could have gotten a detachable mag in the caliber I wanted I would have gotten another Series 2. You can't go wrong with the Vanguard it is a solid gun that is accurate as advertised.
I have one in 22-250 and it was accurate right out of the box. I feel like mine was well worth the money.
I got my son a Vanguard MOA 270wsm and he shoots half inch moa at 200 yards. I couldn't believe it but saw it with my own eyes.
In my opinion, the Vanguard/Howa is a lot of rifle for the money and one of the better values on the dealer's shelves. I own a heavy-barreled Howa .223 and a friend has a .22-250 sporterweight. Both are consistently accurate performers. Weatherby has offered the Vanguard since 1970, if memory serves me, and it has established a fine reputation.
An outstanding rifle! I shoot a Rem 700, an AR, a Weatherby Mark V, various Mauser-based actions and a Howa 1500 (sames as the Vanguard). I shoot them and test them a LOT with several thousand rounds a year.
I consider the Vanguard to be one of the best packages for everyday hunting accuracy and reliability available. I consider the receiver itself to be superior to the Rem 700 for bench shooting. It is an accuracy and reliability improvement over the Mark V for Weatherby (although it is typically just not as beautiful). I rate the Vanguard/Howa second only to the Mauser style rifles for hunting reliability and that is because of their controlled round feed and claw extractor (a dangerous game consideration).
There is only one receiver screw to come loose in the field (the trigger control attachment screw). Although I have never had problems with it, this screw could be the action's only weakness aside from the push feed.
The Vanguard's flat bottomed receiver with large integral recoil lug is a significant accuracy improvement over Rem 700 style actions if your rifle is well bedded. I've shot .1 MOA groups with mine and count on .4 MOA or less with all my 110-180g hunting loads. The accuracy will of course depend on the barrel you get and Weatherby may be culling theirs for the "sub-MOA" moniker. Overall, I suspect that Howa is building more consistently good shooters in their Vanguard and Howa labeled products than most "over-the-counter" manufacturers but I've also seen some fine shooting Tikkas, Savages and Rem 700s.
I am always reluctant to make these comments because I would hate to see their price raised to be commensurate with their value. The fit and finish is not quite as high as the Mark V line for Weatherby but if I had to choose only one to carry hunting, I will usually take my Howa over my Mark V because of reliability and accuracy (plus I just hate to put scratches on that beautiful Mark V).
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