H-S Precision PLR Rifle
Rifle|November - December 2021
Shooting the 6.5-284 Norma
Patrick Meitin

I won’t deny it, the prospect of shooting an H-S Precision rifle was something that really excited me. Paraphrasing the late Colonel Townsend Whelen, accurate rifles are most interesting to me, and H-S Precision is known for manufacturing some of the most accurate rifles around. Honestly, just the thought of owning a quality H-S Precision stock to drop one of my existing rifles into has always remained a longtime dream.

In the big picture, H-S Precision is a well-rounded firearms manufacturer, not only building it’s highly-regarded firearms, but scads of other products designed by the company to serve the shooting enthusiast. H-S also manufactures every component that goes into its firearms – complete actions, triggers, floor metal, barrels, optics bases and stocks – incorporating unique engineering approaches, proprietary manufacturing technologies and state-of-the-art equipment. This allows it to control every detail of a finished rifle.

The Rapid City, South Dakota, company supplies custom-made precision rifles to some of the most demanding customers. H-S Precision stocks can also be found on rifles manufactured by some of the biggest names in the firearms business. Military and law enforcement agencies across the country, including the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, FBI and IDF.

H-S Precision was founded in 1978 by ex-army drill instructor, avid benchrest shooter and chemist Tom Houghton, Sr., and it remains family-owned and operated today. From his first shop in Prescott, Arizona, Houghton pioneered the development of a rigid fiberglass stock, including a fully integrated aluminum bedding block. Commonplace today, this revolutionary bedding block concept provided the action a more stable base that significantly improved accuracy.

Houghton’s innovations lead to several official patents, which soon caught the attention of military and law enforcement agencies. H-S barrels became so renowned, the company quickly became one of the world’s largest suppliers of ballistic test barrels to manufacturers of ammunition. H-S Precision remains the only firearms company to design, engineer and manufacture every component that goes into its sporting and tactical rifles.

Many rifle companies guarantee 1-MOA accuracy with premium ammunition. H-S Precision guarantees .5-MOA accuracy from all .30-caliber or smaller rifles, testing each rifle that leaves its facility in a state-of-the-art underground range to assure it meets this strict standard. H-S Precision provides a proof target and load data with each firearm it sells.

The test rifle supplied was H-S Precision VP Sales & Marketing Josh Cluff’s personal rifle, a Professional Long Range (PLR) hunting rifle chambered in the intriguing 6.5-284 Norma. The original .284 Winchester was meant to provide .280 Remington ballistics in a short-action round. The fat, rebated-rimmed round fell short of that goal by first being released in autoloader and pump rifles, and because short-action bolt rifles required seating heavier 7mm bullets so they intruded into powder space, hobbling the cartridge’s true potential. The .284 Winchester may have lost the fickle cartridge popularity race but has since served as a popular base for wildcat cartridges, the most successful of those being the 6.5-284 Norma, adopted in 2001 (which includes slightly different case dimensions than the 6.5-.284 Winchester, which typically includes a shorter throat to accommodate short actions and requires reduced powder charges).

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