HS Precision Pro Series 2000 HTR
Heavy Tactical Rifle
Pro-Series 2000 Stainless Steel action
Stainless Steel floorplate with detachable box magazine
4 rounds - standard calibers
3 rounds - magnum calibers
Pro-Series 10X match grade stainless steel barrel, heavy barrel
24" (606 mm) Heavy Contour
Optional muzzle brake
HS Precision Pro-Series, Tactical Style|
Full length bedding block chassis system
Fully adjustable length of pull and cheek piece
Choice of color
Teflon® or Pro-Series PFTE Matte Black
10.25 - 11.25 lbs Less Optics (4.66 - 5.11 kg)
.308 WIN (7.62x51mm NATO), .300 Win Mag, 338 Lapua
HS Precision (Thanks Patricia!) was kind enough to lend me a HS Precision Series 2000 HTR
for evaluation while attending some additional sniper training. The three weeks in which I
evaluated the rifle was both rewarding and exciting. The rifle was shipped with a Leupold
Veri-X III 4.5-14x40mm Scope. Generally these scopes are of the highest quality, but for
some reason this particular scope would not group worth a darn. I believe a serious drop
or something happened during the shipment of the rifle. We were fortunate enough to have
a second M24 on lone to our company for this training, and proceeded to replace the Veri-X
III with the Ultra Mk4 M3A from the second M24. This corrected the problem, and the rifle
shot beautifully for the remainder of the eval.
The stock on the Heavy Tactical Rifle (Referred to as HTR from here on out) is a work of
beauty. It is fully adjustable for both length of pull and cheekpiece. The finish on the
stock is a matte rough texture, and provides a very positive grip, and appears to be
The adjustment for length of pull is a much better design then the M24's stock
(also made by HS Precision). There is no lock ring, just a hefty amount of friction
to keep the length fixed. With all the shooting over a 3 week period, I never had a
problem of the stock moving out of adjustment. I cannot say that with the M24. In fact,
the locking ring system on the M24 is cumbersome, I sometimes ignore it and shoot at whatever
setting the stock is at. (I know, thats not good practice, but I'm tired of fighting the
stock, and it doesn't effect my shooting noticably). Of course, there is no comparison
when it comes to the cheekpiece. The number one complaint of the M24 is indeed the contour
of the stock, which DEMANDS a cheekpiece in order to get the eye level with the scope. 95%
of the shooters need to add some type of cheekpiece to the stock. I'm no exception, and as
you can see in the pic below, we have taped a piece of poly pad (The standard practice in the
Army). The HTR has an adjustable cheekpiece that works great. The adjustment is held by
friction, and I had no problems with this system either. Below is a picture of the M24 (top)
and the HTR buttstocks.
This particular rifle had the optional buttstock height adjustment. Its a rest that screws
into the palm grip, and extends down to the ground, allowing you to make very precise vertical
movements. Its intended to replace the small "sand sock" that we place under the buttstock
and squeez with our off hand. You can see in the following picture the "intent" of the
To be honest, I didn't like the design. There is a small plastic bumper on the bottom that
got chewed up very fast (from recoil dragging it along the ground) and the large circular
disk would recoil into my off hand (drawing a little bit of blood), and adjusting it was
awkward, not nearly as fast and easy as my sand sock, and I was just as accurate with the
sock. So the pic below shows where this device remained after the first day at the range.
Besides the little vertical adjustment device (which is optional anyway) the stock design
is absolutely great. Its very comfortable, and very functional. The adjustments of LOP and
cheekpiece height are top notch. I can only hope that the M24A1 (if there ever is such a model)
will use this new stock.
The action was HS Precision's own Pro 2000 series of action. The tolerences were tight, with
turndown on the bolt being stiff as you chambered a round. It is a short action for the
.308 rifle, and the action has an excellent detachable box magazine. The magazine is of
very durable stainless steel construction, and held 4 rounds or .308. The feeding was very
smooth and positive.
The barrel is made by HS Precision and is their #10 Match Heavy Contour Stainless Steel barrel. It has deep
flutes, is 24" long and is the same contour as the M24. The flutes shave about 1.5 lbs off the total weight of the
rifle. HS has a solid reputation for their match grade barrels, they are the maker of
the barrels for the USMC M40A1 rifles. Below is a comparison of the barrel on the M24 and
The trigger pull was smooth and broke with no over-travel at about 4 lbs. Of course it is
fully adjustable, but was set up right about where I like it, so I left it as was. The rifle
overall is lighter then the M24 by a noticable degree, and the rifle is not as barrel-heavy as the M24. This leads to quicker tracking, but also leads to more muzzle flip when
shooting. The M24 is more suited for prone shooting, while the HTR is easier to shoot in
alternate firing positions, more along the lines of what a Law Enforcement Sharpshooter
would find himself/herself in.
At the Range
So how does it shoot? VERY WELL! Over the extended period of time in which I shot the rifle,
it averaged about .8 MOA, and that is with M118 Special Ball, which is not match grade ammo.
(Yes, a lot better then standard ball, but not near the quality of any of the major manufacturers
match ammo) I did have the opportunity to run some federal gold medal match 168gr through the
rifle, but it was before we had figured out the scope problem, so I can't report on it. A test
target was sent with the rifle, and the computer readout indicated .17" group at 100 meters.
With custom handloads, in a vice, yes, I believe the rifle can shoot that. With good match
grade commercial ammo, you are going to see about .4 MOA, and that is more a shooter and ammo
limitation. This rifle can really shoot!
Is it better then my issued M24 ? It depends. Yes, I like the detachable box magazine and the
stock a lot better then the M24. They are head and shoulders better. The lighter weight is
not that much of a concern to me, as I am used to carrying the 14.1 lbs (loaded) M24 every
where. I do like the solid platform that the M24 offers, its very stable in the prone, and
that helps aid in long range shooting. I also prefer the M24 trigger, it offers a wider
textured trigger, which allows for a more sensitive trigger pull, and its easier to adjust.
Overall, the HTR would probably get the edge, primarily do to the awsome stock design. Put
the same stock on the M24, and I would be in heaven.
For a list price of $1900, the HTR is every bit worth the money, in fact, I might consider
it a bargain! Its one of the nicest rifles I have shot, and the stock is second to none.
Would I use it as a primary sniper rifle? ABSOLUTELY! It shoots very well, handles well,
and is durable. There are a few things I don't particularly like, but they are minor. If your
looking for a high quality sniper rifle you can depend on.... The HS Precision Pro 2000 HTR
gets my recommendation.
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