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    Default Anyone know if cad drawings are available for Howa 1500 series available?

    I'm wanting to design and build myself a chassis for the Howa 1500 short action and barrel combo that Brownells is selling.

    (HOWA 1500 308 WIN 20" THREADED HEAVY BARRELED ACTION | Brownells)

    I suspect I'll have to simply reverse engineer the barreled-receiver but I was hoping someone might be able to point me to the technical drawings instead.

    No luck so far by searched online so I thought I would ask.

    Thanks,
    gm.

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    I frequently misunderstand, but this is what I am thinking.
    All of the internal dimensions can be taken off the barreled receiver.
    All of the external dimensions will depend on your use, body size and desired accessories. Really it's just a gunstock.

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    Thanks for the reply Kurt....and I frequently don't ask the question as clearly as I should.

    I'm really not looking for a specific CAD drawing of the action. I'm just looking for the external dimensions for the barreled receiver so that I can create a CAD drawing for the stock. The internal dimensions are not important for my purposes.

    I haven't purchased the barreled action yet. I'm sure it will take me a few months to create the design I have in mind and wanted to get it nailed down before I commit to the purchasing the action. (This approach will also allow the account to recover from the holidays. Keeps me from sleeping on the couch!) I will certainly purchase the action before I start milling the stock.

    The end goal is to build a unique looking, light weight .308 sporting rifle, mainly for hunting deer. Not a competitive long range shooter. Both my daughter and nephew are military and hunt with tricked-out AR-10s and, while I like the looks of the rifle, Its quite heavy to lug around the woods.

    So, external dimensions are really all I need at the moment.

    Thanks again for responding,
    Gaylan.

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    It’s a flat bottomed action similar to a Mauser , not round like a Remington. Your really gonna need it in hand

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    I considered doing the same thing for another barreled action. After I estimated the time in reverse engineering the action, drawing up a chassis, buying material stock and machining it. I determined it is not even close to being worth it. MDT has ready to go proven chassis for $400. Black Friday they were selling blems for around $200. Unless you are just in need of a project for fun.

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    Now that I'm semi retired, I spend a lot of time making gun parts. I've learned there just ain't no such thing as a quality free print for a part.

    For projects similar to this, just buy the part and use it as a perfect 3D model. Then sell it on gun broker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_T View Post
    ... I've learned there just ain't no such thing as a quality free print for a part.
    For projects similar to this, just buy the part and use it as a perfect 3D model...
    Yeah, that's what I'm learning. Do you have any idea if all Howa 1500 series short actions have the same outside geometry? I've thought of buying a used one at a gun/pawn shop to model off of and then flipping it later. The one I've found isn't threaded for a compensator.

    gm

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    I am not an expert on that particular weapon. But I do know where to get the answer. Join weaponsguild.com forum and ask there.

    Karl

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    Thanks!
    Gaylan


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