Started by LLANOJOHN (deceased), January 14, 2005, 03:22:22 PM
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Quote from: 2ndtimer...... I swallowed hard and had my dealer buddy order me up a Howa 1500 Lightning in 6.5x55. Unfortunately, the story doesn't have a happy ending, at least not yet. The new Howa is perfect from a cartridge standpoint. Minimal recoil with 120 gr handloads and the 140 gr factory loads seem equally mild. The rifle feels great shooting offhand, and is very reliable loading, chambering, firing, and extracting. The problem is just that it doesn't shoot very well. I am going to try glass bedding the action this weekend to try to fix it, but since I have never tried one before, I don't know how it will work out. My shooting buddies are all convinced that all it needs is a bedding job. Sure hope they are right, because if I could get this thing to shoot consistent 1.5 inch 3 shot groups at 100 yards off a benchrest, I would be one happy camper. Wish me luck. But the 6.5x55 is one nice caliber, provided you can get your rifle to shoot!