|HS Precision Pro Series 2000 HTR|
|Heavy Tactical Rifle|
HS Precision (Thanks Patricia!) was kind enough to lend me a HS Precision Series 2000 HTR for evaluation while attending some additional sniper training. The three weeks in which I evaluated the rifle was both rewarding and exciting. The rifle was shipped with a Leupold Veri-X III 4.5-14x40mm Scope. Generally these scopes are of the highest quality, but for some reason this particular scope would not group worth a darn. I believe a serious drop or something happened during the shipment of the rifle. We were fortunate enough to have a second M24 on lone to our company for this training, and proceeded to replace the Veri-X III with the Ultra Mk4 M3A from the second M24. This corrected the problem, and the rifle shot beautifully for the remainder of the eval.
The stock on the Heavy Tactical Rifle (Referred to as HTR from here on out) is a work of beauty. It is fully adjustable for both length of pull and cheekpiece. The finish on the stock is a matte rough texture, and provides a very positive grip, and appears to be very durable.
The action was HS Precision's own Pro 2000 series of action. The tolerences were tight, with turndown on the bolt being stiff as you chambered a round. It is a short action for the .308 rifle, and the action has an excellent detachable box magazine. The magazine is of very durable stainless steel construction, and held 4 rounds or .308. The feeding was very smooth and positive.
So how does it shoot? VERY WELL! Over the extended period of time in which I shot the rifle, it averaged about .8 MOA, and that is with M118 Special Ball, which is not match grade ammo. (Yes, a lot better then standard ball, but not near the quality of any of the major manufacturers match ammo) I did have the opportunity to run some federal gold medal match 168gr through the rifle, but it was before we had figured out the scope problem, so I can't report on it. A test target was sent with the rifle, and the computer readout indicated .17" group at 100 meters. With custom handloads, in a vice, yes, I believe the rifle can shoot that. With good match grade commercial ammo, you are going to see about .4 MOA, and that is more a shooter and ammo limitation. This rifle can really shoot!
Is it better then my issued M24 ? It depends. Yes, I like the detachable box magazine and the stock a lot better then the M24. They are head and shoulders better. The lighter weight is not that much of a concern to me, as I am used to carrying the 14.1 lbs (loaded) M24 every where. I do like the solid platform that the M24 offers, its very stable in the prone, and that helps aid in long range shooting. I also prefer the M24 trigger, it offers a wider textured trigger, which allows for a more sensitive trigger pull, and its easier to adjust. Overall, the HTR would probably get the edge, primarily do to the awsome stock design. Put the same stock on the M24, and I would be in heaven.
For a list price of $1900, the HTR is every bit worth the money, in fact, I might consider it a bargain! Its one of the nicest rifles I have shot, and the stock is second to none. Would I use it as a primary sniper rifle? ABSOLUTELY! It shoots very well, handles well, and is durable. There are a few things I don't particularly like, but they are minor. If your looking for a high quality sniper rifle you can depend on.... The HS Precision Pro 2000 HTR gets my recommendation.