Reviewed By: Jeffrey C on 10/11/2014
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
I purchased this about 6 weeks ago and have put ~80 rounds through it.
The Gun is very well finished. Stainless is tough to machine but Howa does a great job. Action is very smooth right out of the box and machining is very clean. The bore is very smooth and does not copper-foul readily and cleans up quickly with MPro 7 and a brass brushing. I really like the Vanguard S2 triggers. This one came with about 3.5lbs pull that is crisp. Comparing this rifle to my Remington SS 700 it is as good or better a rifle. The extractor on the Vanguard is superior to the Remington's. It's larger and gets a better hold on the rim (albeit no problems ever with the Remington) .
Of the 7 handloads I have tried in it so far all but one combination have shot under 1 MOA and several were single hole groups. This was without any additional tuning of bullet seating depth.
The injected molded stock is OK. It has a good feel. Most people would be happy with it. I don't trust injection mold plastic stocks though to hold POI. I had a Bell & Carlson Medalist stock waiting on the rifle and changed to it before ever firing the first shot. Bell & Carlson supplies Weatherby with the same stock for the RC Vanguards. So for a little less money and absent the engraved floor plate you can have a RC Vanguard except this one is in Stainless Steel.
A Great Rifle all the way around...
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