Howa Alpine Mountain Series 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.