Bottom Line

The HCR proved capable of sub-MOA five-shot groups at 100-yards with Black Hills’ Gold 178-grain ELDX load, which is fast becoming one of the author’s favorite long-range loads for the .308. 300-yard precision from the 178-gr. was nearly identical.

Every year precision rifles are getting less expensive and better built. With precision rifle competitions growing, especially here locally, there is a real need for a rifle that will shoot well and not break the bank. You can spend a ton of money in this sport and never see a return. Police departments are also jumping on rifles in this price range, as they allow for the purchase of better optics, more training and some other options. Rifles like this Howa fit the bill perfectly. I’m not sure I would start with .308 Win., but you can get this rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor as well. If you’re looking to get into precision rifle shooting, the Howa HCR Chassis Rifle provides an accurate, light and dependable great buy. Contact Legacy Sports International, Dept. OT; Tel.: (800) 5-LEGACY; Web: www.legacysports.com


 

Specifications:

Caliber: .308 Win / 7.62 NATO

Barrel: 24 inches

Overall Length: 37 inches extended

Weight: 10 pounds

Sights: Flat Top Rail (20 MOA elevation)

Stock: Luth AR MBA-3 FDE

Action: Howa 1500, dual lug bolt action

Finish: FDE Cerakote (chassis is Multicam)

Capacity: AICS compatible

Price: $1,549


Performance:

Load                                                      Velocity                     Accuracy

Hornady 155-gr. AMAX BLACK                 2,825                          1.10 Inches

Doubletap 155-gr. TMK                           2,900                          1.20 Inches

Doubletap 125-ge. BT                             3,160                          1.25 Inches

Corbon 125-gr. TMK                                3,200                          1.30 Inches

Black Hills 178-gr. ELDX                           2,650                          0.90 Inches

Great performance, great features and at price that won’t break the bank, if you’re looking to get into precision rifle shooting, the Howa HCR Chassis Rifle provides an accurate, light, dependable and affordable buy-in.

Velocity in feet per second (fps) measured using a Magneto Speed V3 chronograph. Accuracy in inches for three five-round groups fired from 100 yards using a bipod as a rest from behind a bench.