With its origins in Japan, the Howa 1500 or Howa M1500 is an excellent bolt action rifle that boasts the high quality of engineering, and craftsmanship you can expect from Japanese Manufacturing.
The Howa 1500 is available in multiple configurations, with different calibers, stocks, barrel profiles, and sights, however, they all have the incredible Howa 1500 action, cold hammer forged barrels, that are remarkably accurate, and a super reliable one-piece receiver. Hunters use the Howa 1500 in many countries, and it is also used by the Japanese law enforcement and defense forces as a sniper rifle. Some units in Ukraine also adopted the Howa M1500 for use as a sniper.
Howa Model 1500 Bolt Action Rifle .300 Winchester Magnumc - Source: Howa USA
The Howa M1500 was first introduced in 1979, and now it is available in several configurations, with different kinds of stocks, and finishes. You can also pick the Howa 1500 up in a wide range of calibers, suitable for hunting, and sport shooting. In more than 40 years of production, this rifle has maintained the same level of reliability, accuracy, and performance. Below you can find some of the most popular models of the Howa 1500.
There comes a time in almost every rifle shooter’s life when they just aren’t satisfied with their OEM rifle stock. It might be too heavy. It might be too flimsy. It might swell and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. It might even be ugly. Whatever the reason, most of us look for a stock that better suits our needs and desires.
Here’s what you should be looking for when you decide to buy your aftermarket rifle stock.
Howa 1500 standard:
The 1500 standard features the classic and reliable M1500 barreled action, which is also used for many custom builds. The standard Howa 1500 has taken many forms over the past 4 decades, however, it comes with both wooden and synthetic stocks.
Howa 1500 – Mini: The Howa 1500 Mini Action is an excellent rifle for competitive target shooting and self-defense. It comes chambered in smaller calibers like .223 Remington, 7.62x39, 350 Legend, and 6.5 Grendel It offers premium performance that you can expect from the Howa 1500 series rifle in a small package.
Howa 1500 - Flag chassis: The Howa 1500 Flag chassis is a special edition rifle that comes with various modern features. It has a metal chassis, with a long handguard on the front. It features an AR-style pistol grip and feeds from a 10-round detachable magazine. This rifle has a modern tactical and adjustable stock, with an adjustable length of pull and cheek riser. The chassis has an American flag finish, which you can get in red, white and blue, and greyscale.
Howa 1500 – Carbon: The Howa 1500 Carbon is a very lightweight rifle. It comes with a light carbon-wrapped barrel which gives the same standards of accuracy and long-term reliability as any heavy steel barrel. The lightweight synthetic stock is made from a mix of Kevlar, fiberglass, and carbon fiber, it is very rigid, and has an aluminum bedding surface for seamless blending with the action.
Howa 1500 - Game Pro: The Howa 1500 Game Pro is an excellent hunting rifle. It features the classic M1500 action, with an improved two-stage trigger, and has an over-molded Houge synthetic stock and recoil pad. It is available in a wide range of calibers and comes with the Nikko Stirling Gamepro 4-12X40 Scope
Howa 1500 – Hunter: The 1500 Hunter rifle is one of Howa's best offerings. It comes with a beautiful Walnut stock, with a textured grip and forearm. The stock has a raised comb and features a soft recoil pad for comfort as well. The action on the Howa 1500 hunter is available in multiple finishes and calibers, however, the stainless steel finish looks great with the wooden stock.
Howa 1500 – TSP: The Howa 1500 TSP X is a modern and modular version of the original M1500 action. It has a modular chassis, pistol grip, and a foldable adjustable stock. Like most Howa rifles, the TSP also comes in multiple finishes and calibers.