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.