Sturm, Ruger & Company has just torn the covers off the newest and most ambitious bolt-action firearm ever, the Ruger Precision Rifle. Like the name says, it’s a precision rifle for long range target shooting with a factory accuracy promise of five-shot sub-MOA groups out to 1,600 yards.
On top of that the rifle is loaded with features from top to bottom and uses a modular design that incorporates affordable and plentiful AR-compatible components with its Ruger American bolt action. It’s so affordable it’s going to wind up being a go-to gun for shooters everywhere, including hunters, long-range target shooters and even law enforcement.
The Ruger Precision Rifle is priced at an easily-attainable $1,399. That MSRP is in-line with nice hunting rifles and tactical rifles but the RPR all the bells and whistles of a custom precision rifle and then some. Ruger really went out of their way to get everything right and still added a handful of features you won’t see on some of the most expensive custom guns.
Some of the features are common, but nevertheless important, including the 20-MOA scope rail for shooters looking to maximize the range of their rifles. It uses a 3-lug 70-degree bolt with dual cocking cams for fast and smooth cycling, and a precision CNC-machined stainless steel upper receiver for extended hard use. The bolt is has 5/16-24 threads for ease of replacement and the bolt shroud contains the bolt disassembly tool to quickly strip and clean out the firing pin channel.
It comes equipped with Ruger’s Marksman trigger which is externally user-adjustable with between a 5- to 2.5-pound-pull. The RPR uses AR-compatible pistol grips and safety selectors and comes with a reversible 45-degree safety from the factory.
Toward the rear of the steel receiver is where the rifle’s innovations start to shine. The bolt shroud passes through a castle nut into an AR-type buffer tube that comes standard equipped with a fully-adjustable stock, for cheek height and length of pull.
On top of that the stock is hinged and folds to the left and in the case that the shooter doesn’t like the included adjustable stock the tube is compatible with AR buttstocks without modification. With the stock folded open the shooter can very easily field-strip the rifle by unlocking the bolt and sliding it directly back out of the rifle.
The lower receiver is machined from forged 7075-T6 aluminum alloy blanks. The design of the lowers includes a multi-standard magazine well that is compatible with a huge range of .308 Winchester magazines including M110/SR25, DPMS, Magpul and AICS magazines and even some M-14 mags. Ruger’s making really easy to get into the RPR game.
Other AR parts include the Samson Evolution Keymod handguard and cold hammer-forged 4140 chrome-moly steel medium-contour barrel with 5R rifling. The barrels are interchangeable with standard AR wrenches and headspace gauges.
Ruger is launching the RPR chambered for three popular long-range cartridges, all at the same $1,399 price point, .243 and .308 Win. and 6.5mm Creedmoor. The barrels have 5/8-24 threads for use with popular muzzle brakes, flash hiders and suppressor mounts and direct-thread suppressors.
At launch Ruger expects to see these rifles list at around $1,200, with the long-term hope of seeing them retail for $1,100. These prices are so low, that with these features, the question isn’t how much do you want to spend on your next rifle, it’s how much do you want to spend on the optic for your new Ruger Precision rifle.