I have to hand it to Ruger: They upset the market back in 2007 with the LCP, reinvigorated the Scout Rifle market in 2011 (with a catchy tagline they “borrowed” from me) and now they’re looking to jump onboard the rising tide of precision rifle shooting with their new gun.
So far I have fired five different 6.5 Creedmoor loads from Hornady and Doubletap off a bench rest on Gunsite’s York Range at 100 yards. I use the bipod and support the butt with a sandbag, and despite hating to shoot 5 shot bench rest groups – and I don’t think I’m very good at it – the Ruger Precision Rifle has proved to me it will shoot. I’m abusing the rifle and breaking another rule of precision shooting because I run through the group strings quickly and the rifle gets very hot and never cools down. Thus far my smallest group is 0.41 inches, fired with Hornady’s 120gr. A-Max Match, just edging out my best group with the 140gr. Hornady load of 0.55 inches. The worst group I’ve recorded (and I’m sure it was me, not the rifle or the ammunition) measured 1.51 inches. An overall average for 36 five shot groups with five different 6.5 Creedmoor loads has thus far produced a 0.912” average; that’s 180 rounds of mixed ammunition staying under one inch. Five shot, five group strings, or 25 rounds, are typically averaging around eight tenths of an inch when I manage to do my part well.
MSRP for the Precision Rifle is $1399, and we’re already seeing them go for under $1200 on Gunbroker. Team up that rifle with a a decent bipod, good rings and something like this Vortex scope, and you have a 1 MOA gun for around $2500.
Not bad. Okay Ruger, now make one for left-handed shooters.