The Howa 1500 bolt-action rifle is reviewed to be the best Howa rifle ever produced. Its simple design belies its solid performance and accuracy. The firearms’ bolt features the classic twin opposing locking lugs as well as a large extractor with plunger. The Howa 1500 is reminiscent of the early models of the Sako centrefire bolt action, and features a single-piece forged bolt. It also has an easy strip-out firing pin assembly so that cleaning is easy. One of the most useful features of the Howa 1500 is its 3-position safety mechanism. This allows the user to set the safety switch in the middle position so there are no accidental discharges and unloading becomes a safe endeavour. The forward-most position is the “fire” option, while the full backward switch position is the “safe” mode. The Howa 1500 is a solid rifle that offers the same accuracy and quality as higher priced rifles.