Monday, December 19, 2011

Gun of the Day- "Just Bought One for My Kid and Now I Want One Too" Edition

The Howa Model 1500 Ranchland Compact .223 Rem

I just bought one for my 11yo (he got it for an early Christmas present since we were going huntin' this past weekend). This thing shoots like a dream. Little to no recoil, a great NikkoSterling scope, and I put three rounds (Federal Power Shok 55gr) damn near in the same hole at 100 yards. Awesome gun.

Howa/Hogue Ranchland Compact bolt action rifle 
.223 Remington caliber 
20" barrel 
5 + 1 round capacity 
Color matched, Nikko Stirling 3-10x42 Nighteater riflescope and rings 
Coyote sand Hogue Overmolded stock 
13.9" length of pull 
Three position safety 
Adjustable trigger 
40.25" overall length 
Blued finish 
8.75 lbs

The Ranchland Compact combines all of the best features needed in a compact, all-purpose "truck gun". The Ranchland Compact is built on the tough and reliable Howa barreled action that features a forged steel, flat bottomed receiver; large recoil lug and hammer forged barrel. On top of that is a forged, one-piece bolt with two locking lugs, an M-16 style extractor and three position safety. All of this mounts in a Hogue Overmolded stock. 

This stock features a non-slip, cobblestone grip for sure handling in all weather conditions, a fiberglass reinforced skeleton for strength and pillar bedding for rock-solid accuracy. This short, 20" lightweight barrel is free-floated and the rifle has proven itself in the field as a real tack driver with MOA, or better, groups at 100 yards. 

This short "truck gun" fits easily behind the seat of a pickup truck, across the front of a quad or tucked into the cab of farm equipment. It can be used in tight or awkward positions with ease, and grabbed in a hurry for that quick shot.

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