This brings us up to date and explains why questions were raised about the 2 1/2-inch (and larger) groups we were getting with the Howa rifle and Remington factory loads using the newly introduced 140-grain Accubond bullets. Thus, before reporting the poor accuracy of the Howa, we considered it not only fair but indeed necessary to determine the base accuracy of the ammo used. This was done with an ultra-accurate "slave" rifle used at Briarbank Ballistic Lab for testing ammunition and reloading components. With our "reference" test load, this rifle routinely groups five shots in a half-inch at 100 yards. But with the same loads used in the Howa, groups were more than an inch larger, clearly indicating an ammo problem. So, reversing the process, we fired our reference load (40-grain IMR 4064, 150-grain Sierra, 150-grain Match King, OAL 2.757 in.) in the Howa. Groups immediately shrank to the 1 1/2-inch level, which yielded a clearer picture of the Howa's accuracy potential.