Seekins Havak PH1 300 WM

Thebear_78

Handloader
Sep 30, 2004
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A couple years ago I sold my 300 RUM because the barrel was too skinny to thread for a suppressor. Ever since then I have been missing a med magnum in my arsenal.

I had been kicking around the idea of building a 300 PRC or 300 WSM. Something fairly light and a little more conventional than my chassis rifles. I also was checking out some factory options. The Christensen ridgeline, Mesa, MPR, and seekins havak. I wasn’t in love with the stock on the ridge line or mess. The havak was more to my liking.

Fast forward to my noticing cabelas was having a sale on the havak ph1. My local candela’s had 3 in stock. I just happened to also have a $100 cabelas gift card. At $1600 out the door that made the havak too good to pass up.

I just happened to have a vortex PST GEN II 5-25x50 sitting on the shelf so it came together quickly.

I picked up a couple boxes of Hornady precision hunter 200gr ELD-X to give it a test run.

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I took it to the range to run a few rounds they it to see how it will shoot. I was pleasantly I impressed. The first 3 rounds at 100 yards clustered into a nice .55” group. After a little fine tuning I shout this 5 shot group.
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DrMike

Ballistician
Nov 8, 2006
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Looks as if things are working out rather well for you. That rifle certainly does what to work for you. Congratulations.
 

Thebear_78

Handloader
Sep 30, 2004
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It’s not light by any means. It weighs right around 9 pounds all up. It’s really not bad considering 2+ pounds of glass on top. A little heavier than the Christensen but has a nice slightly barrel heavy balance to it. Recoil was also quite pleasantly absent.

Now I just need to get a good set of 300 win mag dies and work up a good load.


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Guy Miner

Master Loader
Apr 6, 2006
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Nice. (y)

Glen Seekins is one heck of a guy, and a real success story. He's quite the rifleman and adventurer too. I suspect that the rifle will perform quite well for you.

Guy
 

SJB358

Ballistician
Dec 24, 2006
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Very cool rifle Bear. Hard to hate a rifle that shoots like that outta the gate.
 

walkinhorseman

Beginner
Sep 28, 2010
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That's impressive. Bone stock factory rifle and ammo. Todays rifleman have some great choices. I know what you mean about the Mesa. Looked at them a lot but can't get past the loggoed floorplate. Looking forward to seeing how this works out. Losing a pound of scope is easy for field work. Good luck.
 

Thebear_78

Handloader
Sep 30, 2004
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Changed it up a little. I hadn’t been able to quite get the cheek weld I wanted. I put a set of seekins low rings and a foam cheek pad. I also put a rail on the forend for my atlas bipod.

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The lower rings and cheek pad allowed for a perfect cheek weld. I took it out and checked zero and shot this 3 shot group.

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It tips the scale just shy of 9 pounds. Not quite as light as I had hoped but really not bad.


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Blkram

Handloader
Nov 25, 2013
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It surely is satisfying when a new or new-to-you rifle shoots so well out of the gate with factory ammo!
Congrats!
May it provide you many successful adventures afield!
 
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