The Seekins Precision Havak Pro Hunter 2 is quickly moving from relatively unknown to completely unmatched. It is not difficult to see why Seekins is becoming the name on the lips of many hunters—veteran or cherry—this year. But let’s look at why I’m saying that.
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Posing a Question
Spend enough time (three minutes, tops) at a hunting camp or a rifle range and, without fail, someone will pose the bait question of, “If you had to pick just one rifle to hunt with for the rest of your life, what would it be?”
While far from ground-breaking, this inquiry causes a pause as you wonder, could I be a one-rifle hunter? Am I ready to burn my little black DOPE book? Is the brass greener on the other side Better yet, because obviously I can handle that—I mean, I think I could, maybe—is there a lone rifle out there that is capable of living up to the following expectations?
- Resistant enough to serve as a make-shift boat paddle off the coast of Kodiak in late April, but ergonomic enough to feel natural in unnatural circumstances.
- Light enough to be shouldered up and down sheep country, but durable enough to tumble with you down said sheep country.
- Enough power to drop a 1,000-pound Alaskan Brown Bear, but with recoil that a child or first-time hunter wouldn’t notice.
- Be heart-punching accurate.
- Never lose zero; like, never, ever, ever.
- Be near impervious, no, be full-blown chemically inactive to the weather and environment.
- Ethically and efficiently bring down any Big Game species in North America, from 1800-lb Alaskan Yukon Moose to 90-lb Coues Deer (without obliterating the front shoulder meat).
Yeah, that should just about cover the main points. Seems to be the makings of a unicorn; but those don’t exist, or do they?
Enter the Seekins Precision Havak Pro Hunter 2. An improved follow-up to the Havak Pro Hunter 1, the Pro Hunter 2 answers every demand of the one-gun hunter, and then some.
Seekins Havak Pro Hunter 2 Details
The Havak Pro Hunter 2 features many of the great features of the Pro Hunter 1. However, it delivers them in a newly designed lightweight carbon composite stock. It also includes an Elite Hunter Timney Trigger, as well as three new caliber options (300 PRC, .338 Win Mag, 7mm Rem Mag).
The carbon composite stock’s new manufacturing process yields a 3-ounce weight reduction compared to that of the Pro Hunter 1. This weight reduction does not come at the cost of durability; the improved stock is even more durable than before. Combine that with a near-vertical grip for increased precision, a textured non-slip coating, an integrated bipod lug and quick-detach sling swivel cups, and you’ve got a stock that’s adaptable to any hunting environment.
The addition of the Elite Hunter Trigger from Timney—factory tuned to 2.5 pounds—provides a crisp, single-stage break. It also further increases the accuracy that we’ve come to know from the Havak. The Havak action continues to set the standard for hunting rifles. Between the bead-blasted finish, spiral fluting, 4 locking lugs with 90-degree bolt throw, and integrated recoil lug, the Havak action is the foundation of what a precision rifle should be. But is it durable, you ask? This thing is made from U.S.-certified, pre-hardened stainless steel. Go ahead and breathe that in, because you know it made you feel patriotic and blue-collar.
Taking it one step further, Seekins hand-bedded each barreled action to ensure a perfect fit with the carbon composite stock. This precise bedding ensures that you get the most consistent pressure relationship between the barrel and the stock, even in extreme temperature and humidity. This pressure consistency might as well be insurance, because it’s directly linked to the probability of the rifle to maintain zero, regardless of external variables. Tight groups are great, and this rifle will punch them all day, but in a hunting rifle, the ability to maintain zero is paramount. The Pro Hunter 2 carries the design features that won’t disappoint in that department.
Now all the Pro Hunter 2 has to do for it to qualify as the answer to the one-gun Hunter’s search is an offering in the most capable hunting cartridge on the market, which is officially titled “agree to disagree.”
Though opinions vary, for the North American big game hunter, there is no task or tag too big or too small for the .300 Win Mag or the 7mm Rem Mag. Lucky for all of us, with the new caliber offerings of the Pro Hunter 2, the choice is yours. Seekins also offers the rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 6mm Creedmoor, .308 Win, 28 Nosler, .300 PRC, and .338 Win Mag. Seekins pairs each with a specific barrel length and twist pitch to deliver unmatched precision.
So, if you’re looking for the one gun that can do it all, you’re in luck. And what’s the worst that could happen? You later decide you want a different gun for each day of hunting season. Well, good thing the first one in that collection set the bar incredibly high. MSRP is $1,895.