For testing, I mounted a Trijicon AccuPoint 4-16x50mm scope on the rifle using lightweight Talley rings. The rifle comes with a sub-MOA accuracy guarantee, and I was anxious to see if it could deliver on that promise. Experience told me to expect the rifle to show a preference for one bullet weight over another, but I was pleasantly surprised when the best-performing loads turned out to be a couple using bullet weights of 168 gr. and 150 gr., respectively.
The best 200-yard performance was with Winchester’s 168-gr. Match load at 0.81 inches for three shots, but a hunting round, the Hornady American Whitetail load with a 150-gr. Interlock bullet, was nipping at its heels at 0.88 inches, underscoring the rifle’s versatility. Both loads produced one-inch or better average groups and sub-MOA best groups. Another good hunting load, the Barnes Vor-TX 168-gr. round, averaged just slightly over an inch with a sub-MOA best group. I consider that to be very good accuracy on a day when the wind often changed direction and gusted to 12 mph, and I would happily go hunting with any of the three hunting loads tested. Functionally, the rifle was flawless. I experienced no issues with feeding, extraction or ejection. Pricing for the HS Precision rifle ranges from $1,099 to $1,299 depending on configuration and caliber.
For more information on the 2018 Editors’ Choice Award winning Howa HS Precision Rifle, contact Legacy Sports International, Dept. OT; Tel.: (800) 5-LEGACY; Web: www.legacyspsorts.com