Seekins Pre­ci­sion Havak Pro Hunter

• $2,200 • 6.5 PRC • 7 lb. 3 oz. • 24-in. bar­rel

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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.

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