Howa's latest innovation, the Mini Action Package bolt-action rifle, is sure to please those of us who like having a bolt that works with us, not against us. The bolt throw is 12 percent shorter than what we know as a short action, and it's unbelievably light. Weighing in at a trim 7.15 pounds, the rifle features a 20-inch hammer-forged barrel, a two-stage H.A.C.T. trigger, and a three-position safety. It's available in .204 and .223, with more calibers to come, in green, black or Highlander camo Cerakote dips. MSRP $753-826, depending on finish. (www.legacysports.com)
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