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#3031760 - 11/13/12 05:48 PM Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated
REN
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Brand new gun and [censored] 1 box of shells through it to break it in.

Howa 1500 308 20" barrel

I've since tried 150g hornady sst, federal fusion 150 and Winchester sp150 with none being better then 1.5 to 1.75

Went to hand loads using 165 Sierra game kings and RL-15 and as you can see still not good!

I don't think it's the scope but I can send it back for a new one if I want to cross that off the list if I want to. Or I have to send the whole thing off to get checked.

I have no idea what's going on. All shot at 100yds from a lead sled







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#3031768 - 11/13/12 05:53 PM Re: Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated [Re: REN]
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I would check scope and mounts,,bedding and crown.

good luck I have been there and it is heart breaking,,
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#3031812 - 11/13/12 06:11 PM Re: Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated [Re: mr.big]
rdl65
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Load some more rounds with 45gr of RL-15 but change the seating depth. Be careful not to load them to long to fit the magazine.
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#3031860 - 11/13/12 06:32 PM Re: Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated [Re: rdl65]
Model70Man
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Make sure your rings are tight. I had to re-tighten 4 different rifles rings down again.
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#3031935 - 11/13/12 07:00 PM Re: Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated [Re: Model70Man]
BigD_625
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Mine shot great with the cheap Federal stuff from wal-mart. Leupold bases and rings, Burris 3.5-10x50 scope. I've had them in 308, 7mm, 30-06, and .243. Loved them all.

Sounds like scope, rings, or mounts. What kind of scope?
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#3031958 - 11/13/12 07:10 PM Re: Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated [Re: BigD_625]
BigD_625
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If you don't get it going, I might trade you out of it.
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#3033361 - 11/14/12 04:25 PM Re: Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated [Re: BigD_625]
reloaderman
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make sure the action screws are tight also. also might want to try some varget powder if you have some...
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#3033431 - 11/14/12 05:40 PM Re: Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated [Re: reloaderman]
AllOutdoors
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If the gun and scope are tight....I would try those GameKings with some Varget.
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#3033464 - 11/14/12 06:14 PM Re: Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated [Re: AllOutdoors]
DaveB
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IMHO RL 15 is too fast for a 308. Try something a bit slower, Varget seems to be a very popular powder for the 308. I just got a 308, haven't fired a round yet, but will report back in when I do. And yes, I am expecting sub moa as you are.
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#3034260 - 11/15/12 09:39 AM Re: Can't get Howa 1500 to group....frustrated [Re: DaveB]
7wsm
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if you dont get going i will take it off your hands never had a problem with 1500's
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