Last week, I visited Georgia for a first hand look at BPI‘s operation and got the opportunity to put hands on Bergara’s new HMR. In the flesh, the rifle matched up with the hype from their press release. Unfortunately, my visit was only for a few hours so I didn’t get the opportunity to shoot the HMR while I was there. Thanks to the 2017 SHOT show, I’ve rectified that problem.
On hand at the range, Bergara had examples of the aluminum mini chassis that provides a portion of the structural rigidity that makes a precision rifle precise. The mini chassis isn’t a new concept, but it is one that makes a lot of sense for those who want the structural rigidity that comes with a rifle chassis and the ergonomics of a traditionally stocked rifle.
As I was one of the first people in line to shoot the rifle, I got the opportunity to adjust the cheekpiece to my liking and get settle behind the rifle. The adjustments were easy and once locked in place held tight.
Three hits at 960 yards confirmed that this rifle is a shooter, and I’m more excited than ever to have my tester in hand before a precision rifle class I’m taking in March. BPI’s Ben Fleming expects that real world pricing will be, “$999 all day long” putting this rifle smack dab in Ruger Precision Rifle territory.