Howa Announces New HCR Chassis Rifle

HOWA HCR MULITCAM SCOPED (2)

Legacy Sports International, recently announced the new Howa HCR, or Howa Chassis Rifle. The Howa HCR sits in an aluminum chassis, and features and Ar-15 style grip and a fully adjustable LUTH-AR MBA-3 stock. The Howa Chassis Rifle will be available in .223/5.56, .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor and 7.62/.308 Winchester.

Key Features of the Howa Chassis Rifle Include:

  • Howa 1500 20” & 24” Heavy Barreled options
  • Black 6061-T6 Aluminum Chassis with Free-Float M-LOK Forend
  • LUTH AR Butt Stock with LOP Adjustment from 12.5” to 16.75”
  • Adjustable Comb
  • MAGPUL MOE Grip
  • 10 RD ACCURATE Mag / Detachable All Steel Mag- Teflon Coated
  • 2 Stage H.A.C.T. Trigger
  • 3 Position Safety

I recently had the chance to test the Howa MiniAction series of rifles, and I was very impressed! The Firearm Blog will be getting a Howa Chassis Rifle in the very near future for testing. One thing that I have come to recently appreciate about Legacy Sports International LLC, is their ability to quickly respond to the needs of the market. I met the Legacy Sports crew this year at SHOT Show, and the were an absolute pleasure to work with.

The Howa Chassis Rifle will have an MSRP $1299.00. Could this rifle be a less expensive way for shooters to get into the competition circuit? I look forward to seeing what kind of accuracy these rifles are capable of.

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Barrel length, twist rate, size, weight and caliber specifications:

.223 Rem. 20” HB, 1-9” Twist-

Weight- 9.6lbs

OAL-      39-43.25”

LOP-      12.5-16.75”

.223 Rem. 24” HB, 1-9” Twist-

Weight- 10.2lbs

OAL-      43-47.25”

LOP-      12.5-16.75”

.243 Win. 24” HB, 1-10” Twist-

Weight- 10.2lbs

OAL-      43-47.25”

LOP-      12.5-16.75”

6.5 Creedmoor 24” HB, 1-8” Twist-

Weight- 10.2lbs

OAL-      43-47.25”

LOP-      12.5-16.75”

.308 Win 20” HB, 1-10” Twist –

Weight- 9.6lbs

OAL-      39-43.25”

LOP-      12.5-16.75”

.308 Win 24” HB, 1-10” Twist –

Weight- 10.2lbs

OAL-      43-47.25”

LOP-      12.5-16.75

 



Thomas Gomez

Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at LOADTHATBIPOD@gmail.com


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  • hking

    Do we know what type of mags they take? I am hoping AICS, if so ill be making a call to my LGS right away.

    • Anonymoose

      Let me guess…ATI mags, as usual with Howa?

      • JMR

        It ships with Accurate Mags.

        You can use accirate mags in AICS bottom metal, so AI mags would probably work.

    • Michael Riley

      They are compatible with AICS Mags according to Emmet Causey the Armorer at Legacy Sports Int. I emailed LSI a couple of questions regarding the new chassis and that was one of them.

      • hking

        Thanks, guess now I know what my next rifle is!

  • Harry’s Holsters

    If it had a threaded barrel this might give the ruger precision rifle some competition. Needs that threading though.

    • rdsii64

      Not really, the Ruger chassis has the butt stock inline with the barrel for a strait to the rear recoil pulse. That is the point of a chassis system. If they would have gotten this chassis right then they would have given Ruger something to worry about. Especially if those of us who already own Howa’s could retro fit our rifles.

      • Maverick1990

        Actually most chassis systems are not designed this way. The Howa setup is similar to 95% of the 700 chassis systems on the market. The RPR is actually far closer to a Tube gun in its design.

        • rdsii64

          The Ruger RPR may in fact be closer in design to a tube gun but the design still allows for better recoil management due to the strait to the rear recoil pulse. It also allows you to choose what magazines you want to run. If the Howa chassis was significantly cheaper than the Ruger, this would be a different conversation. But since they both are priced close enough that you can afford one you can afford the other, I have to give the nod to the Ruger.

    • C. Her

      I absolutely agree especially for us suppressor users.

  • Joe

    Love the competition that’s going on in the industry now with the budget minded precision rifle offerings. Ruger’s looks good, Howa’s is interesting, and Savage has the 110 BA Stealth on the horizon.

  • Drew Coleman

    Dang I would love the 223 option, but is 1:9 twist fast enough to stabilize 70+ grain bullets?

    • Dave

      75’s certainly, mine also doesn’t mind 77’s, higher then that is when you need 8 or 7 twist barrels

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      I was wondering the same thing. Seems like a pretty big oversight.

    • JMR

      Depends on the length of the bullet. It should stabilize (barely) some.

      • JMR

        Just doing some quick checking, if the bullet is under about 1 inch and length @ 75 grains, it will be marginally stable (depending on atmospherics)

  • Sunshine_Shooter

    Yet another competitor in the market that the RPR created. I love it.

  • chris lynch

    What’s the street price to MSRP difference on Howa? Will this only be ~$100 less than the Ruger? Looks nice, but it better be a shooter to be that close, compared to Ruger’s big name and rifle that seems to be doing very well.

  • JMR

    1:8 or 1:7 twist on the 223 would be better.

    1:9 won’t stabilize all of the 70 grain + ammo.

    • Dave

      9 will stabilize 77’s perfectly fine if you know what you’re doing with a press, if you can’t get a 9 twist barrel to stabilize them, you shouldn’t be cranking on that handle.

      • JMR

        Yea, no.

        Depends on the length of the projectile. Not all bullets in that weight range are created equal.

      • Tassiebush

        I suppose it’s about making sure the velocity is high enough

      • rdsii64

        The problem with 77’s and nine twist barrels is you have to push them hard to get them to stabilize. If a shooter wants to shoot factory ammo, a nine twist barrel could leave them unable to shoot 77’s

  • JMR

    I’d rather have the reliability of AI mags, also since everyone (well seemingly everyone) uses them at competitions having the inter changeability.

    Plus Magpul makes $30 versions of them now.

  • Twilight sparkle

    I bet Colt is wishing they would have waited a few years and cost a couple thousand less

  • Ertatta

    Shocking to see a 1 in 10″ twist on the .243! Is that a misprint? Also would’ve preferred 26″ barrel on the .243. Would also be a real winner if they brought a threaded interchangeable barrel system.
    Looks like a much better thought out chassis/butt stock than the savage stealth setup though.

  • C. Her

    Still no threaded muzzle? C’mon Howa!

  • Accurate Okie

    Looks like a fancier MDT LSS-XL style chassis. 24″ .243 with 1-10 twist? C’mon now, I might be able to do lighter weight weight VLD bullets. At least the Ruger American has a 1-9 and the RPR has 1-7.7.
    I built this style of rifle using the Ruger American, MDT LSS, Luth AR MBA 3 and I still came in at less than the MSRP of this rifle, with a threaded barrel and AICS mags.
    Companies are trying so hard to catch up to the RPR that they aren’t actually thinking about what is wanted or needed for PRS style rifles.

    • Maverick1990

      Expect the street price to be $200 less than the MSRP. Also the machining on the Howa action is way better than the Ruger American.

      • Accurate Okie

        Yeah, the action on the american is rough machined on the outside and the bolt could stand a polish but it is still a pretty smooth action for a cheapo base rifle. Most places don’t have a local smith let alone one that can thread a barrel and I wouldn’t want to send a new rifle out to have work done to it before I shoot it.

  • Maverick1990

    Everyone here is complaining about twist rates and the lack of a threaded barrel. Keep in mind that this rifle is going to be $200 to $300 less than the RPR. This is basically a Howa 1500 in a high quality chassis for a grand. Not a bad deal if you ask me. Like the RPR, most people are going to go for the 6.5 Creedmoor anyways. Most smiths can thread a barrel for around $100.