Howa Alpine Mountain Series Rifles

howa alpine  mountain rifles

The new lightweight Alpine Mountain rifle from Howa is on display at the Legacy Sports International booth and it looks sharp. With a lightweight stock High Tech stock and 20-inch barrel it weighs in at only 5.7 pounds, 6.7 pounds in the scope package configuration which includes a Vortex Viper 3-9×42 scope. It has an HACT two stage trigger and a Pachmeyer Decelerator buttpad. The barrel and action Cerakote finished. The magazine unit can be easily removed and a Cerakote finished floor plate can be installed for single shot shooting, as well.

One of the reps related the story of how his girlfriend, a new shooter, used on of the Howa Alpine Mountain Rifles in 7mm-08 to take a shot at an antelope at a range of over 560 yards uphill. He was spotting with binoculars and saw the round hit just above and behind the antelope, but as he told her to adjust down a hair, the target dropped, shot clean through. It was her first kill. Not too shabby.

The Howa Alpine Mountain Rifle is available in .243, .308, and 7mm-08. A model in 6.5 Creedmoor will be available in May.

It retails for $1,121 with magazine kit, $1,188 including a floor plate, and $1,577 in the scope package.

Shelby Murdoc

Murdoc is a freelancer who writes at various publications and web sites including Shooting Sports Retailer and


  • MountainKelly

    they’re assembled here in Reno and they’re just… great rifles. My 30-06 is my favorite rifle (standard Howa 1500). These are very exciting

  • Don Ward

    My next new bolt gun purchase will probably be a Howa.

    Or a Mauser 98 Magnum, if these lotto tickets payoff!

    • Tassiebush

      Good choice i reckon! My weatherby vanguard is basically a howa. It is made in same factory and is the same gun with only a few cosmetic changes as far as I am aware and it has never let me down. It feeds and ejects flawlessly. To my feel it is smooth to operate. I bought the detachable magazine kit (just pop a washer between front bolt of mag well to get angle right) and it still works flawlessly. I can easily single load it by just dropping a free round into the action and it feeds without difficulty. It came with a 1.5 moa guarantee and now they do a 1moa guarantee. I’d always recommend a Weatherby vanguard or a Howa to anyone who wants a good dependable rifle.

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    I love my 308 bull barrel Howa 1500. The Howa Alpine Mountain Rifle looks like a winner. I’m glad they switched to Vortex for the scope package. The Nikko Stirling scopes weren’t bad, but they were not up to the quality of the Howa rifles.