Embellishment adds cost, sometimes significant cost. But that doesn’t mean plain rifles are cheap.

Take the Pro-Series 2000 from H-S Precision.

It’s a synthetic-stocked bolt gun – a description that also fits a bevy of “entry-level” rifles you can find at discount for less than you’d spend in a weekend at a ski resort. You’ll dig much deeper for a Pro-Series 2000. But you won’t regret it.

While this rifle has been around for more than a decade, new renditions keep turning up. Most recent: the CHR, a 2013 introduction with a blind magazine.

The new long-action H-S Precision CHR rifle has most of the features of the .223. But its receiver sports feed rails, as there’s no stainless steel box. “Machining those rails adds a bit of cost to production,” said Tom Houghton, Jr., guiding me on a tour of the Rapid City facility just before the CHR’s launch. “But it gives us the option to offer rifles with traditional floorplates as well as blind magazines.”

To learn more about the H-S Precision CHR, check out the March 2014 issue of Rifle Firepower, available on newsstands December 17 or by visiting

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