To get the most out of your Howa 1500 you may want to consider mounting a bipod onto it. This will greatly assist with shooting accuracy and overall consistency.
The Howa 1500 is a bolt-action rifle produced in Japan by Howa Machinery. The rifle barrel is remarkably consistent and accurate because it is precision machined.
The barrel is cold hammer forged and lightweight with a consistent bore. It features a one-piece receiver with integral recoil lugs. Depending on the barrel it will take a range of different calibers including the .223 Remington, 6.5 Creedmoor or .308 Winchester or .243 Winchester among others.
The type of bipod you will need for the Howa 1500 rifle, regardless of whether you’re using the long action bolt or the short action bolt, is one that can be locked down solidly. This will provide repeatability that can be completely relied upon shot after shot.
Listed below is a selection of some of the most commonly recommended bipods that have been found to provide great performance on the Howa 1500 rifle.
List of Bipods Suitable for the Howa 1500
Make / Model
6 - 9"
6 - 9"
9 - 12"
8 - 12"
6.3 - 10.3"
9 - 13"
6 - 9"
Description of Bipods to Use with the Howa 1500 Rifle
Now that we have been able to browse through the most recommended bipods for the Howa 1500 rifles we will take a look at a more detailed overview of each.
Each of these brief bipod reviews aims to provide you with extra information about the bipod that is not otherwise immediately apparent in the summary list such as special unique features. It should also help you in working out which would prove to offer you the greatest value in terms of its effectiveness.
Harris HBRS Bipod
Harris Bipods continues to be the most popular brand for hunters and serious shooters alike. The combination of strength and reliability in a lightweight package is commonly cited as reasons for sitting on the top of most hunter’s recommendation list.
The HBRS offers a bipod that extends from 6 inches high to 9 inches high. The legs deploy quickly and can be set to any preferred height with the legs adjustable independent of each other.
The ‘S’ designation of this model indicates that it is possible to swivel (or tilt) the bipod so that it provides a stable platform on uneven terrain. This means it is perfect for use by hunters who will be setting up in difficult locations.
The bipod weighs only 13oz and is designed to be mounted to any sling stud and would be well suited for use with the Howa 1500 rifle.
Harris HBRMS Bipod
The second Harris bipod recommended for use with the Howa 1500 is the HBRMS and this is also a swivel bipod but also includes notched legs to provide the shooter with a quick set up at predetermined heights.
The HBRMS has legs that extend from 6 inches to 9 inches high. They deploy quickly and can be set to heights that are notched in 1” increments.
The swivel ability means this bipod adjusts to compensate for uneven terrain. It comes with a built in swivel stud so that it may be easily attached to a sling stud.
As with the HBRS, the bipod only weighs 13 ounces and it is particularly sturdy. It has been proven to perform very well with these rifles.
Harris HBLS Bipod
The HBLS bipod from Harris offers the Howa 1500 shooter a higher platform from which to shoot.
In this case the bipod has adjustable legs that extend from 9 to 13 inches in height. The legs can be adjusted to any height you require giving you the flexibility to set up on any terrain.
Further compensation to the rough terrain is available through the fact that this is a swivel model giving you the chance to overcome the uneven ground.
All three of the bipods listed on this page are lightweight but sturdy. They can be attached using the swivel stud that is built in and they provide a reliable base from which to shoot.
Find out more about all of the Harris bipods by visiting the company website.
UTG Recon 360 Bipod
Versatility is the aim of the game with this bipod with a number of options helping you to set up your shooting platform to closely meet your shooting needs.
This first is the ability of the multi-axial base of the bipod to cant from side to side so that it can be adjusted to keep it on an even plane. In addition it offers the ability to pan through 360 degrees and all of it can be controlled by front and rear tension adjustment screws.
Unfortunately the company manual does not state the extent to which the tilting takes place.
The bipod is constructed from aluminum providing lightweight strength with a square steel cross bolt as part of the mounting system for a solid mount using a Picatinny Rail. In addition it comes with a swivel stud kit so that it may also be swivel stud mounted.
The legs provide adjustable height ranging from 8” to 12” and the legs are bidirectional folding legs with 5 locking lengths using a Posi-Lock Thumb Wheel to keep them in a stable position.
As far as value for money goes, it would be difficult to beat this bipod when looking for a solid, reliable hunting bipod.
Magpul Sling Stud QD Bipod
The Magpul bipods are created for a variety of mounting platforms and this particular one is for mounting onto the rifle's sling stud.
The bipod is made to be durable and strong using combination of materials that include Mil Spec 6061 T-6 aluminum, stainless steel and polymer. These materials combine a significant amount of strength while also keeping the unit light weight. In fact the bipod only weighs 11 ounces.
When not in use the bipod can be folded down under the barrel and its profile only measures 2.3” deep and 3.3” wide. Both the light weight and small profile when folded makes it an ideal bipod for someone who is going to be covering a lot of ground.
The legs are spring tensioned and are designed to be deployed with one hand. They extend up to 4 inches from 6.3” to 10.3”. As it extends the leg will slide and lock securely at the push of a button and there are seven places that are a half-inch apart into which to deploy the lock. The legs end with soft rubber feet that will hold to the surface without slipping.
The bipod has a knurled locking knob that allows it to be moved through 50 degrees of tilt and 40 degrees of pan making it an extremely adjustable option.
Caldwell XLA Pivot Bipod
The Caldwell XLA bipod is another good option that will mount to the rifle from the sling swivel stud. It is of lightweight aluminum construction providing strength and sturdiness while not adding a great deal of weight.
The legs can be deployed quickly at the touch of a spring loaded button and they are notched so that they can be set at a variety of heights. Once the legs have been locked into place they can be relied upon to remain solid. At the end of each leg is a soft rubber foot that will ensure a stable base.
The pivot feature of the bipod means that the shooter will be able to compensate for any uneven ground by up to 20 degrees. The lower portion of the bipod is the part that pivots independently from the upper stock mount which enables the levelling to take place quickly and smoothly. It has a tension knob that can be used to adjust the resistance of the pivoting motion.
Examined here is the 9 – 13” height bipod as a comparison against the other bipods examined above. This is considered a good option when moving out into the field in hunting situations. The XLA is also available with a height range of 6 – 9” if shooting over open terrain and 13 – 23” for high grass or undergrowth.
CVLife Tactical Bipod
We have included the CVLife Tactical Rifle bipod as a low-cost solution that will suit the budget-conscious shooter.
The bipod is made from hardened steel and aluminum and it features legs that range in length from 6 to 9 inches. The legs are spring deployed and are notched so they can be set to one of 5 length settings.
The springs make it quick, easy and silent to fold the legs back up. It is built with a high strength mount tension screw to hold tightly under pressure.
This is a lightweight alternative that won’t cost the earth but will be well suited to the action of the Howa 1500 rifle.
Attaching a Bipod to the Howa 1500
The Howa 1500 is designed with sling swivel studs at the forward and back of the rifle making it very easy to mount one of the bipods examined above. Any bipod that you use that is not designed to mount on a swivel stud can be mounted by attaching a sling stud adapter. An adapter such as the Blackhawk Swivel Stud Picatinny Rail Adapter will allow you to mount using a Picatinny rail or an M-Lok adapter such as the Magpul M-Lok Adapter.
Any type of adapter is readily available to convert the sling swivel stud to a mounting rail.