The Ruger Precision Rifle
I’m very good at predicting firearm trends. I knew that the AR-15 crowd would grow bored with all the .223/5.56 options available. I understood that shooters would want more power, more range and would want to be different. The AR-10 and 308 AR were a natural progression. I also recognized that these same shooters would eventually also become interested in bolt action rifles, or “Sniper Rifles” as the media refers to them. The bolt action platform was also ripe for a change. Enter a hybrid rifle that brings the accuracy of a bolt action rifle and modularity and ergonomics of the AR platform to a new form of chassis based rifle. While the concept isn’t new the mass marketing of these guns is new.
The Ruger Precision Rifle is one such hybrid that with the Savage Stealth rifles are dominating this new class of mass produced factory rifles. The $1200 Ruger Precision Rifle is an outstanding value for what you get. Of course shooters are never satisfied with a stock gun and despite the rifle despite being wonderfully accurate rifle it has spawned an entirely new market of upgrades. There barrel makers offering premium barrels, there are premium triggers, handguards and even aftermarket chassis. It’s conceivable that a shooter could spend more on upgrades than the factory rifle cost from Ruger.
Ruger Precision Rifle Upgrades
As mentioned above the Ruger Precision Rifle is quite upgradeable. In fact for shooters who have built their own AR-15’s the Ruger is only slightly more complicated.
Ruger Precision Rifle Barrels – RPR barrels are similar to that of an AR-15 or AR-10 and are easily replaceable with proper tools. I feel headspace should always be verified with any gun and most AR shooters take proper headspace for granted. Why put your safety in the hands of others? Anyhow despite being similar to an AR barrel a Ruger Precision Rifle Barrel MUST BE HEADSPACED during installation.
How To Change a Ruger Precision Rifle Barrel – Watch this video.
Ruger Precision Rifle Triggers – As I have stated repeatedly a rifle trigger should be the first upgrade to any factory rifle and the RPR is no different.
How To Install a Ruger Precision Rifle Trigger – Watch this video.
Ruger Precision Rifle Chassis – I must admit I didn’t expect aftermarket chassis for the Ruger Precision Rifle but they should be hitting the market soon
Ruger Precision Rifle Handguards – Of course there’s aftermarket hanguards for the RPR!
Ruger Precision Rifles, Ruger Precision Rifle Triggers, Ruger Precision Rifle Barrels, Ruger Precision Rifle Chassis Upgrades
The Ruger Precision Rifle is one of the most innovative and exciting precision-rifle platforms on the market, and the addition of a PROOF Research carbon fiber barrel can enhance the platform and bring its performance to the next level. The carbon fiber barrel from PROOF Research features an internal barrel constructed with 416R stainless-steel that features match-grade qualities. The company then surrounds the barrel with its patented carbon-fiber-based matrix, which provides a number of incredible features. The barrels are 64 percent lighter than standard options. Accuracy is guaranteed with match-grade components. Barrel life is improved through enhanced heat dissipation. Barrel harmonics are improved, as well as reduced POI shift during fire. The PROOF Research carbon fiber barrel for the Ruger Precision Rifle also features a threaded muzzle with 5/8×24 TPI thread pitch, making it easy to add a number of aftermarket accessories to the gun’s muzzle.
The TIMNEY RUGER PRECISION RIFLE 2 STAGE TRIGGER is a self-contained, 100% DROP-IN TRIGGER ready to install in your Ruger Precision Rifle for an exceptionally smooth, crisp, two-stage trigger pull. No gunsmithing, fitting, or adjusting required.
The TIMNEY RUGER PRECISION RIFLE 2 STAGE TRIGGER is also CNC machined, heat treated and coated. The sear is wire EDM cut, heat treated to 58-60 Rockwell and Teflon-nickel coated for lubricity and dependable, long-lasting service life.
Timney offers this 2 stage trigger for the Ruger Precision Rifle. The pull weight is factory calibrated for an eight-ounce first stage and one -pound second stage (the second stage is adjustable from 8-ounces to 2.5 pounds of pull weight)
The 2-Stage trigger features machined and hardened steel work surfaces and the sears are Teflon-nickel coated for added lubricity. The trigger housing and shoe are CNC machined using state-of-the-art robotics and the sears are EDM cut from high-grade solid steel. The trigger housing utilizes an anodized aluminum body and the trigger shoe and safety are carbonitrided which dramatically increases the surface hardness and wear-resistance properties of the metal.
Ruger Precision Rifle Review – The Precision Rifle’s upper receiver and one-piece bolt body are CNC-machined from pre-hardened 4140 chrome/molybdenum alloy steel. The lower receiver is machined in two pieces, right and left halves, from 7075-T6 hard-coat anodized aluminum. That method simplifies manufacture, allows more precise control of machining in the magazine well and makes assembly of small components easier as they can be placed in position in one half before the other half is attached.
Offered at this time in three short-action chamberings, the rifle is available in .308. Win. with a 20″ barrel, 6.5 mm Creedmoor with a 24″ barrel and .243 Win. with a 26″ barrel. The weights vary by chambering, but with the lightest model starting at 9.7 lbs. sans optic, the Precision Rifle is not a light firearm. The evaluation gun provided by Ruger was chambered in 6.5 mm Creedmoor and—after being furnished with a scope, bipod and stock-mounted monopod—tipped the scales at just over 15 lbs.
The Ruger Precision Rifle,™. An all-new, in-line recoil path, bolt-action rifle, the Ruger Precision Rifle is highly configurable and offers outstanding accuracy and long-range capability. In production now, the Ruger Precision Rifle is available in .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor, and .243 Win. The Ruger Precision Rifle features a modular rifle chassis system