Howa To Add .300 PRC And 6.5 PRC Chamberings To Line Up

Howa To Add .300 PRC And 6.5 PRC Chamberings To Line Up
Howa HS Precision
Howa HS Precision Rifle

Howa is set to expand its HS Precision and Hogue rifle lines with options in the long-range specialist calibers.

How the new chamberings enhance Howa's line up:

  • Both the rifles are configured as hunting options, but are more than capable for target shooting.
  • Howa will add the new chamberings in 2020.
  • At the heart of each new rifle is Howa's well-respected 1500 barreled action.

For penny pinchers with a yen for long-range accuracy, Howa has become the go-to gunmaker. Offering a full slate of precision chassis, hunting and target rifles, the Japanese manufacturer has won ardent fans with performance and price tag. And Howa doesn’t appear ready to give up its mantle as the economic precision king anytime soon.

The gunmaker, imported and sold by Legacy Sports International, recently announced two new chamberings coming up within the next year. Joining the roster, the .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC, which the company will offer in the HS Precision and Hogue rifles in 2020. All in all, the additions bolster what are already impressive caliber choices in each line.

At the heart of both rifles is the Howa 1500 barreled action, which features two-lug push feed bolt, three-position safety and comes outfitted with the company’s two-stage Howa Actuator Controlled Trigger System (HACT for short). The difference between the two is the stock, with the Hogue (obviously) set in Hogue’s Overmolded model and the HS Precision (again obviously) in HS Precision’s carbon fiber stock, which is hand laminated with Kevlar and fiberglass. Both are pillar bedded and have straight combs. Hunters for certain… though nobody will tell if you pick one up for target shooting.

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The .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC – Precision Rifle Cartridge – are beltless magnums created by Hornady. The .300 is a necked down .375 Ruger and reportedly has more pep than the wildly popular .300 Win Mag. According to Hornady, it will push a 225-grain bullet 2,860 fps at the muzzle. The 6.5 PRC parent case is the .300 Ruger Compact Magnum and gives the fans of the trendy caliber more case capacity to work with than the Creedmoor. This extra space for powder gives it around an 8-percent increase on the established 6.5.

Howa has yet to release pricing on the rifles, but presently HS Precision options have an MSRP that starts at $1,099 and the Hogue $529.

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RENO, NV –– Legacy Sports International and HOWA Precision Rifles announce plans to introduce the .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC Chamberings into its HS Precision and HOGUE offerings. All will come with threaded barrels, muzzle breaks and 24” or 26” standard barrel offerings.

Howa Hogue
Howa Hogue Rifle

The new HOWA magnum caliber platforms in the .300 PRC (Precision Rifle Cartridge) will take advantage of the recent cartridge developments for long and heavy caliber bullets best suited and utilized for delivering the highest levels of accuracy and ballistic coefficient which is perfect for laser like performance on everything from punching paper or ringing gongs at 1,000 yards to cleanly harvesting big game with deadly knockdown power at mid to long range.

The new HOWA 6.5 PRC (6.5 Creedmoor’s Big Brother!) offers a step up from the 6.5 Creedmoor craze to an even flatter trajectory and extended-range performance. Providing over 200 FPS in velocity over the very popular 6.5 Creedmoor offering.

These two new HOWA long range calibers in .300 PRC and 6.5 PRC will provide excellent results down range at a reasonable price and all with a Lifetime Warranty and a SUB MOA assurance.

The 300 PRC will be available starting December 1st and the 6.5 PRC will be available at the beginning of 2020.

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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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