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Howa Targetmaster Package 20" Hvy BBL 308 Black Hogue Stock
[HGT93127PKG]
$699.00
by Draper R Date Added: Monday 02 December, 2013
Purchased this rifle to get into long range shooting; however, with each rifle I own, they are a tool first and are used for hunting purposes. Now that the season is in full swing and the gun has been put through its paces, I feel I can confidently provide a review of the gun and components. First let me say, I have no complaints with the firearm itself. It has performed flawlessly. When I first sighted in the rifle I was in the bull and stacked two rounds in five shots. I then shot sporting clays at 100 yards in a standing position and hit them each time. The gun shot true and was not as heavy as I had thought it would be. The firearm comes with a metal trigger guard and plate installed, the replacement to allow utilization of the 10 round magazine is plastic/polymer as is the magazine. The magazine does extend from the rifle about two to three inches so if that is an issue, you may not wish to use the magazine option. The bi-pod is cheap but does its job and I have not had an incident when it failed to do its job. The scope included with the package is clear, and allows the user to zoom quite a great deal. The sun shield is aluminium and although you must be careful when threading it on, it is secure and holds nicely. The scope covers are horrible. I could find a replacement for the rear easily enough; however, the front replacement is proving to be a bit more difficult. I have thus far purchased one a size slightly too tight and have split it so it will slide over the sun shade. The illuminated reticle has several varying degrees of brightness and in low light can tend to overpower the available light in the scope. I do not use it when hunting, and when I tried, it was a bit distracting. However; that being said, it does work and there again are several varying brightness levels, 12 I think. In low light, when facing the sun or where the sun has just gone down, this scope picks up too much light, regardless of whether or not the sun shade is installed. Therefore, use of higher magnifications washes out the sight picture and the user is seeing only a glare. Turning the scope down to 6 or less seems to fix this problem. When the sun is not an issue, the scope magnifies to the extent that I was able to distinguish individual hairs on a feral hog. (I do not wear corrective lenses nor do I need them) Thus far I have taken a deer as well as a hog and the gun has not lost its zero in any way shape or form. I would not consider that to be a remarkable achievement; however, I have found, due to the three turret design, it is difficult to put this rifle into a standard case without putting a large amount of pressure on the turrets. Therefore, it was a concern I had as this could lead to movement of the scope itself in the rings or to undue vibration on the scope. Speaking of the rings, they are rock solid and I would consider getting these for any other gun in the future. I do like the three stage safety (safe and can't even open the bolt, safe and can open the bolt, fire). The trigger takes a bit to get used to if you are not familiar with a 2-stage trigger; however, it is my favorite at this point. It is quick and crisp. I do wish the bolt was angled down a bit more; however, this is not a problem and is more a function of the fact my other rifles are angled lower. The stock is durable and the recoil pad is more than sufficient to absorb the recoil of this firearm. The stock does catch lint and dirt, but the stock fits well and allows positive grip in all conditions. I also appreciate the free-float of the bedding in the pillars. All in all, I would definitely purchase this package again, or another rifle and would mount another scope. Either way this rifle has been great and has become my new favorite in the gun cabinet.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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