Howa lightings stainless 7MM WSM


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Since its introduction 32 years ago as the Smith & Wesson Model 1500, the Howa 1500 has undergone few changes and is functional and accurate, making it one of the most popular rifles available.

IT DOESN’T MATTER whether you are a deer hunter or big game safarist, chances are you like to talk about rifles and cartridges. Affordable rifles like the Howa 1500 that offer good value for money come in for a lot of serious discussion, particularly when chambered for powerful cartridges. Although it has not received the press it deserves, and has been largely ignored by hunters, the 7mm WSM (Winchester Short Magnum), is an extremely versatile cartridge, especially when you’re hunting open country and want to reach way out yonder to drop a large animal. This short beltless round which duplicates the ballistics of the 7mm Remington Magnum has largely been overshadowed by the .270 WSM, yet this .28 calibre “shorty” just may be the most practical and versatile of all four of the WSMs.

The .270 WSM was only Winchester’s second .270 cartridge in its history and this is also true of the 7mm WSM which had the .284 as its sole forebear. Although the .284 never enjoyed the popularity it deserved, I’d like to envisage a brighter furture for the new 7mm WSM. I had no opportunity to hunt big game with the Howa 1500 test rifle, but have spent enough time afield with my Model 70 in 7mm WSM to know what kind of performance the cartridge is capable of.


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