Howa "Howage" Prefit Barrels? August 01, 2019, 01:03:48 PM As I was surfing around the Savage Shooters site, I clicked on a McGowan barrel ad. I notice a sub for Howage prefits. When I investigated, I found that they had prefits for a number of different brand actions. Since I have a Howa 1500 in a Boyds AT_1 stock that I built last year, I thought about swapping the barrel for a 6.5 CM. It is .308 Win now and shoots right with my other 6.5s. The problem is the kick from a whole day at the range. I'm not as macho as I once was and I'm not ashamed to say it hurts. My limbsaver pad doesn't help a lot after a few shots. A muzzle break is not an option because I ccare for the shooters beside me. 6.5 is accurate and not a chore to shoot. I have emailed them to find out if they lap and how they prepare their barrels. Has anyone had experience with Howage barrels and McGowan in particular? I like the gun but not the kick. And by the way, I'm as macho once as I ever was.