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Opinions needed, Howa 1500 Ranchland Compact

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Been looking for a rifle for my niece, the Howas weren't even on my radar, but I looked at a couple of them at a gun shop the other day. I really liked how it looked, felt, and shouldered, and the price was pretty good, too :). Trigger seemed pretty decent, but that can and probably will change when actually shooting it. All in all, it seems like a pretty nice rifle, nice enough I may get one for myself and just let the niece use it :). I was originally thinking .243, but further research and suggestions here (thank you all!) have me leaning toward 7mm-08. A little more versatile, a little more power, but no appreciable increase in recoil over the .243, and still well under the recoil of my .308.

So what say you? Good choice, or should I stay with one of the big names like Savage or Remington? I like the Savage trigger, but I also like my Remington X-Mark Pro, despite what many have said about it, and I'm pretty picky about triggers. Thanks in advance.

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Thanks for the responses...

I have one in .308. It's quickly become one of my favorite rifles to carry in the field. I LOVE the Hogue stock. (Full disclosure - I own and enjoy Savage, Winchester, Ruger, T/C and Marlin rifles). Still, none of them beat this Howa.

Personally I lean towards the 7-08 as my top choice, then .308 and the .243 last if I had to rank them for you.
I really like the Hogue stock too, I have virtually the same one on my Remington SPS Tactical in .308. I've decided on the .243 and the Howa, it's just waiting for me to pick it up. Will post some impressions once I've had a chance to shoot it a bit. Thanks to all again.

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