WCChapin | 223 Varmint Day – First Shots from the Howa 1500 Varminter

Varmint rifles at the range, showing the first shots from the Howa 1500 Hogue Varminter that I featured in previous videos.

The rifle is a 1:12 twist .223 Remington 24″ Heavy Barrel Howa 1500 “Legacy” in a Hogue stock. It is a Legacy Sports International import that I believe is referred to as the HGR90202 Varminter.

The Leupold BR-36X-D scope is mounted in Leupold STD rings and bases.

This is not a Micro Action .223 – it is built on the “standard” Short Action with a magazine block. It has a non-locking two-position safety, which indicates that it predates the Howa Actuator Controlled Trigger (HACT) that was introduced in 2011.

223 Remington

Brass Prep – LEE Three Hole Value Turret Press with Auto Index (Red Aluminum Base)
Lake City LC 14 Brass, Bulge Busted, Decapped and Annealed
RCBS Lube Die #1
Full Length Sized with LEE .223 Rem Die and Redding +.002″ Shell Holder
LEE Quick Trim

Wet Tumbled

Loading – LEE Classic Turret Press
Sinclair E22 Neck Expansion Mandrel (.222″)
LEE Universal Case Expanding Die (light flare)
CCI 400 Small Rifle Primer seated with LEE Auto Prime
25.0 Grains Hodgdon H335 (LEE Deluxe Perfect Powder Measure 1.66 cc)
Vintage Speer .22 Caliber 55 Grain 224-55-6-SP Spitzer Soft Point 2.24 COAL
LEE Easy Adjust Dead Length Bullet Seating Die
LEE Factory Crimp Die (light crimp)

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