“It’s a good time to be a sport bike rider.” I read that statement well over a decade and a half ago in a motorcycle magazine. However, it’s one that has stuck with me and its overall meaning. It pointed to the healthy advancement in offerings and technology in the sport bike world. Likewise, it reminded those who partook in the pastime—or who wanted to—that times were really good. I can’t help but think of those words as I watch the world of precision rifles continue to one-up itself as manufacturers spit out advanced and enhanced products. The Seekins Precision Havak HIT Pro rifle is a perfect example.
The Seekins Precision Havak HIT Pro Explained
To appreciate what the HIT rifle is, you have to first understand the history of Seekins Precision. Let’s just say, I remember when they were mostly a job shop for other manufacturers. This was back around 2010 when they only made AR parts and accessories.
Eventually, they moved on to make their own ARs, and quickly became a brand of choice for discerning shooters. Now, they are innovating and producing high-quality bolt-action rifles like the HIT.
The HIT is actually the Havak HIT, and here we review the HIT Pro. It is the competition-ready, “production custom” version of the rifle. The Havak was introduced roughly four years ago with an innovative design. It featured a bolt with four lugs and a 90-degree throw and now features a two-lug bolt.
The HIT action is not a Remington 700 copy. Its flat bottom adds strength and rigidity so that no bedding is required for the company’s proprietary chassis system. The action features all of the marks of greatness—integrated recoil lug, integrated 20-MOA rail and extended thread tenon.
This makes the HIT proprietary in this manner, but they didn’t screw everyone over. The specs are open source, so anyone can spin up pre-fit barrels for the HIT. Smart move.
Precision is in the Seekins name and part of the game, as head spacing is guaranteed when it’s time to change out the barrel, which doesn’t need to wait until one has burned out, thanks to a simple barrel change system. And it is truly simple and fast.
The Havak Quick Change Artist
To change out a barrel, all that is necessary is to loosen a nut that is positioned at the front end of the Picatinny rail. Once loosed with a Torx wrench, you can remove the barrel. The only tension needed to secure the barrel is hand tension—no wrenching is necessary.
Per usual, I didn’t buy it at first (It’s one of those features that seems too good to be true). But the HIT convinced me. Thankfully, it is true, and that means you have multiple calibers at your fingertips. Including 6 and 6.5 Creedmoor, .308, devastating 6.5 PRC, and the rapidly growing high-performance target round, the 6mm GT.
These are the factory offerings, but the open-source specs mean you can have other calibers made.
Maybe you caught the 6.5 PRC chambering, and if you did, you’re reading correctly. The HIT features a toolless, interchangeable bolt head. You can go from standard to magnum cartridges in short order. And if it’s easy for this guy, it’s beyond easy for everyone else.
My test sample arrived with a 6.5 PRC barrel installed, and I changed it over to the provided 6mm barrel with little instruction. It took me more time to find the barrel tension screw (without instructions) than it took me to change calibers. No joke.
While we’re on the topic of changing barrels, Seekins has done that right as well, utilizing 416 stainless steel with 5R rifling and M24 contour for the HIT Pro model. The barrel comes threaded with their ATC compensator attached.
The HIT Pro is all Seekins Precision, and that includes the chassis. It’s much easier to come up with a good, barreled action than it is a chassis, in my opinion. There’s so much to get wrong in the chassis, but Seekins HIT a homer with theirs, pun very much intended.
It’s featured to the hilt with an excellent full-length ARCA rail that includes R-Lock compatibility and features M-Lok attachment slots as well. The stock folds and features full toolless adjustability from the cheekpiece to the length of pull. Turn a knob to loosen, adjust and tighten—the way it should be.
A detent system can be felt, keeping the adjustments secure. It also has an aluminum bag rider and carbon-fiber cheekpiece, which is a nice touch.
The mag well is flat in front and serrated for a bit of bite against certain barricades. The adjustable mag release resides integrated with the triggerguard. It is well executed and easy to engage with forefinger or thumb.
The grip features AR compatibility and can be switched out for a version you prefer. However, the vertical Ergo sample that comes with the HIT Pro is ample. A night/thermal optics rail is included as well.
The Makings of a True HIT
The HIT rifle wouldn’t be named as such without the Timney HIT trigger that comes onboard. It is an excellent trigger—the one I prefer on my rifles—and is adjustable from 8 ounces to 2 pounds. I run mine at 8 ounces and don’t find it to be too light at all.
Even more accolades go to its single-stage configuration. The HIT Pro is compatible with all R700 triggers, and you can swap it out for something different if you feel the need.
Overall, the HIT Pro is an attractive rifle with well-placed styling cues such as beveled and curved edges and cutaways, including a cleverly cut-out thumb rest.
My favorite caliber was 6mm Creedmoor, before giving way to the 6mm GT after testing for this publication. I’m still in love with 6mm Creedmoor, though. And thanks to tons of factory offerings, blazing velocities, and generally excellent shooting characteristics, I won’t be abandoning it anytime soon.
I headed to the range with a variety of 6mm Creedmoor to run through the HIT Pro.
It was easy to find comfort with the HIT ergos thanks to the adjustability. The CF cheekpiece is comfy and allowed me to find the sweet spot behind my Leica PRS 5-30×56 optic.
I commenced the usual group shooting with five-shot strings. After bore sighting, I fired one round that wasn’t far off the mark. A quick adjustment and the Berger 105-grain Hybrid Target printed 0.35 inches. I’ll take that!
Running the bolt of the HIT reveals a feature that you might forget is there, a dust cover. While some think it’s silly on a bolt gun, I say if it’s done right, why not? If you’re not running your rifle in adverse, dirty conditions, then you may not be able to appreciate the benefits.
The HIT Pro is cleverly priced at $2,400, making it qualified for PRS Production class by $100 as long as you outfit it with an optic that is priced under $2,500—the Leica used here does not qualify.
Seekins has a HIT on their hands, literally and figuratively, and I was not surprised. They are committed to making quality wares, and this rifle is an example of what can be achieved with good design and manufacturing approaches.
It brings some affordability to the precision rifle scene without sacrificing capability, style, or performance.
Seekins Precision Havak HIT Pro Specs
|Caliber||Multi 6mm Creedmoor/6.5 PRC|
|Overall Length||43.5 inches|
|Weight||12 pounds (empty)|
|Capacity||5+1, 10+1 (AICS mags)|
|Hornady 108 ELDM||2,964||0.53|
|Berger 105 Hybrid Target||2,899||0.35|
|Berger 109 LR Hybrid Target||2,965||0.98|
Bullet weight measured in grains, velocity in feet per second (fps) by chronograph and accuracy in inches for best five-shot groups at 100 yards.
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2022 issue of Tactical Life magazine. Get your copy today at OutdoorGroupStore.com.