The Howa 1500 rifle is a popular bolt-action rifle that is also extremely versatile with most of the different models being chambered with the most common calibers on the market.
Choosing a mount and scope rings for the rifle shouldn’t be a particularly difficult task with many brands being available. However, it is important to make the distinction between mounts that are designed for a long action bolt, short action bolt and Mini models.
When looking for a mount base for the Howa it should be remembered that mounts designed for the Weatherby Vanguard will fit perfectly. The reason this is the case is because the Weatherby Vanguard is built by Howa and is basically a Howa 1500 with a different stock.
As a rough guide, a scope with an objective lens up to 42mm will fit a low mount, 44 to 50mm will fit a medium mount, above 50mm should use a high mount.
Listed below is a selection of scope mounts that will suit the Howa 1500 rifle. Where relevant we will provide information on the different action types as well as the Manufacturer’s Recommended Sale Price for each.
Comparison List of Howa 1500 Scope Mounts
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Description of Howa 1500 Scope Mounts and Rings
Now that we have been able to browse through the scope mounts that are considered to be most suited for the various Howa 1500 models we will take a look at a more detailed overview of each.
Each of these brief scope mount reviews aims to provide you with extra information about the mount 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 usefulness.
Talley Howa Picatinny Base
The Picatinny base designed for the Howa 1500 rifle is machined from 7000 series alloy has been given a hard-coat anodized finish to 65 Rockwell. This means it will last the lifetime of your firearm and will be suitable for all magnum calibers.
The base is available for both the Long Action and Short Action types of Howa 1500. It is also an optional choice to use the standard rail or 20 MOA version. An optional extra is an integrated Anti Cant Indicator.
It will accept all Picatinny and most Weaver-style rings.
Find out more about this and other scope mounts by visiting the Talley Manufacturing website.
Burris Xtreme Tactical Base
The Xtreme Tactical base is a one-piece base milled from a single piece of solid steel. It provides a strong and rigid base for precision shooters.
It’s designed for both short and long actions (models provided below). As well as the standard rail you can also get the Xtreme Tactical model with 25 MOA of cant.
The base is compatible with all Weaver-style and Picatinny style rings.
The models that will suit the Howa 1500 are the 410662 XTB-Howa 1500 Long Action and the 410665 XTB-Howa 1500 Short Action.
Find out more about this and other scope mounts by visiting the Burris Optics website.
Leupold BackCountry Cross-Slot Scope Base
This is a scope base advertised as suiting the Weatherby Vanguard which also means it will fit the Howa 1500 perfectly.
The base comes in either a short action (5.9" long) or long action (6.3" long) to suit whatever you shoot.
Machined from 7075-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, it is both lightweight and capable of withstanding heavy shock. It can be relied upon for solid performance.
Both Picatinny and Weaver-style rings fit the base. It is also available with zero elevation or 20-MOA for longer range shooting.
Find out more about this and other scope mounts by visiting the Leupold website.
Nightforce Standard Duty Scope Base
The Standard Duty bases are built to ensure the scope is always firmly mounted to your rifle. Made for a wide range of rifles including the Howa 1500, it is also available as a 20 MOA version.
This aluminum base is machined to Mil Std 1913 rail specifications and is hard anodized.
Both long action and short action rifles are catered to with this scope, the company produces bases for both actions. The hardware required for mounting is provided along with the base.
Find out more about this and other scope mounts by visiting the Nightforce Optics website.
EGW Howa 1500 / Weatherby Vanguard Scope Base
This one piece mount is made from solid 7075 T6 aircraft grade aluminum. It is given a matte black hard coat finish and will last the lifetime of your rifle.
It has a bevel on both sides of the mount making it ambidextrous.
The Picatinny cross slots run the length of the mount giving you full versatility when choosing where to place the scope rings or other accessories.
EGW offers the Picatinny base for the Howa 1500 in the Mini (5.882” long), short action (6.67” long) and long action (7.064” long) sizes.
Find out more about this and other scope mounts by visiting the EGW Guns website.
Warne Howa/Vanguard Mountain Tech Rail
This is a sturdy yet lightweight Picatinny rail designed to fit multiple firearms. It is made from aerospace grade 7075 aluminum that will withstand repeated use.
Thanks to self-centering hardware in the form of tapered T-15 Torx screws, Warne claims that the Mountain Tech rail is an important part of putting together a high precision mounting system.
The Mil-Spec hardcoat anodized finish protects the rail from abrasion and corrosion.
This rail fits Picatinny and Weaver style mounts with models to fit either long action or short action rifles.
Find out more about this and other scope mounts by visiting the Warne website.
The Howa 1500 is a versatile rifle with a wide selection of models covering all of the major, or commonly used, calibers. This gives the shooter a good range of choices when it comes to scope mounts.
The mounts that have been examined above are frequently mentioned by shooters when asked for their recommendation for a solid mounting platform.
Just make sure that you find yourself a rail that fits the action of your rifle.