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Howa 1500 magazine feed

20 Apr 2017
@ 12:28 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone has any eexperience with the Howa 1550s?

I am going to purchase a Varmint model with the 24" barrel in 308. Comes with a black Hogue stock and a free pic rail for $569. Website is Cleaver Firearms based in QLD if anyone wants a look.

I was wondering about the pic rail and if it causes issues with feeding? Not that I imagine I'm going to be doing too much rapid shooting but still. Is it worth removing it?

either way if anyone cna offer suggestions for mounts that would be great too. I have bitten the bullet and decided to go with the Sightron SIII 6-24x50mm LRMD/CM. There is a guy in South Australia for you Aussie shooters looking for a good price on new Sightrons. His business is scoped out. That rpice is about the same from the US once you factor exchange and shipping rates, plus it's in Australia if there are ever any issues.

Cheers all.


20 Apr 2017
@ 12:30 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Howa 1500 magazine feed
that should say Howa 1500 not 1550[b]
05 May 2017
@ 08:31 pm (GMT)

Jon Short

Re: Howa 1500 magazine feed
Hi Andrew,

I used Burris Z rings with same scope on my 7mm RM. The plastic insert options supplied allow cant too. Beauty of these rings is that by design they self align so no need to reem the rings if not perfectly aligned.


05 May 2017
@ 08:48 pm (GMT)

Andrew Murray

Re: Howa 1500 magazine feed
Hey Jon!

I actually had a play with it last night and it feeds fine even with the pic rail.

I guess it could be due to my fingers being thin and long but I had no trouble feeding around the rail. I think I may end up leaving the internal mag box in rather than replacing it with a detachable. At least for the forseable future.

If it had been an issue I would have replaced it but it is fine :)


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