Seekins Precision Havak Pro Hunter
• $2,200 • 6.5 PRC • 7 lb. 3 oz. • 24-in. barrel
The Havak Pro Hunter is a great example of the modern bolt-action hunting rifle. It is heavily influenced by the rise in popularity of long-range competition—no surprise, since Glenn Seekins, the owner and founder of the company, is an avid competitive shooter himself. He’s also a die-hard hunter who stalks the big country around Lewiston, Idaho, where Seekins Precision is based. The Havak Pro Hunter is among the first production rifles in 6.5 PRC, which Hornady is now loading as a factory round. The rifle and cartridge are a great match. The 5-shot groups with the two loads Hornady is offering averaged .75 inch, with a couple of sub-.5 MOA groups. We loved how the rifle handled during our battery of field tests. The action cocks and cycles smoothly, and the 2-pound, 5-ounce trigger has a perfect, crisp break. The broad fore-end of the stock fills the hand well, and the flush-mounted cups are more convenient attachment points for a sling than traditional studs. We like the vertical grip and the ambidextrous geometry of the stock as well, though the grip itself is a bit fatter than necessary. The deep spiral fluting on the barrel makes a strong visual impression, and we appreciated the craftsmanship and looks of the bolt, bolt knob, and receiver too. The real beauty of this rifle is how well it performs, however. It is designed to be carried through rough country and not only survive extreme conditions but also deliver a perfect shot when the moment arrives. And at this price, it is an amazing value and this year’s Editor’s Choice.