Custom rifles have been around a long time. However, in recent years they’ve gained notoriety in all aspects from hunting to bench rest shooting. While some guys can’t fathom spending several thousand dollars on a single rifle, some do it without blinking an eye because they know what they’re getting. When you pay up to $4,000 for a rifle, you have high expectations as to how it should perform and the superb function/design that should be included in it. Well, it just so happens that one of those manufacturers, H-S Precision, has been putting out rifles just like this for years now and has asserted themselves as one of the very best in the custom-rifle market.
Based out of Rapid City, South Dakota, H-S Precision has been a steadfast name in the custom-rifle community. With their unique stock designs and custom platforms, the rifles they put out are nothing short of works of art. However, unlike custom rifles with fancy slabs of wood and checkering, these are meant to leave the gun safe to pound the hills. While they have their own beauty, the H-S Precision rifles really shine when it comes to design and accuracy. These rifles are scrutinized to the highest degree because they know that if someone wants to invest that much money in one rifle, it had better perform beyond their expectations.
We recently received a rifle from H-S Precision and have been testing it out for the past few months. As soon as we opened the box, we were impressed by its unique beauty. The green finish on the barrel and action, and the multi-colored stock combination sure gave it its own look. We were also surprised by how light it was for being a magnum caliber. Since we were in the middle of sending out a magazine when it came in, the rifle sat idle for a few weeks, but one day, we just couldn’t take it anymore, so we headed to the range.
Starting at 100 yards seemed kind of silly as we knew these rifles tout their accuracy to much further distances. However, staying true to form, we got the rifle dialed in on paper at 100 yards. After we were square, Mark, our shooting editor, proceeded to put a five-shot group downrange that has us all talking about how a rifle could be that accurate out of the box. Sure enough, three of the holes combined to make one, and the other two were in very close proximity. Right away we knew the accuracy element HS Precision promotes was 100% backed up. We would even go so far as to say the proof was in the grouping.
Moving out to further ranges proved more of the same. This rifle is easy to handle from any position and seems to be almost drawn to whatever it’s pointed at. At first glance the price might seem high, but once you use it, you will know that it is worth every penny. If money is the issue, the good news is that H-S Precision does offer models varying in price and options. So if you don’t want to go completely to the top-end, you can find a model for less money with a few less bells and whistles, but still all the benefits of a custom rifle.
A custom rifle may not be every hunter’s cup of tea, but it’s easy to see why a guy would own one. We were thoroughly impressed with this rifle and if you’re in the market for a mountain-worthy custom rifle, H-S Precision would be a great place to start your search.