We conducted initial testing at the FTW ranch in San Antonio, Texas. Along with some standard 100-yard range testing we reached out to 1,200 yards and beyond. Most shooting was on small steel targets at various ranges from different positions spread throughout the country side.
A Burris XTR scope was mounted using Burris rings. Priced at about a grand, the XTR is a mid-range scope with solid glass, usable knobs and features and first focal plane reticles. Atlas’s excellent and proven bi-pod was employed, along with a Tab Gear sling. I used the same rifle the entire time and it was a production rifle, not a prototype.
Over three days of shooting, I expended close to 500 rounds of Hornady 140-grain AMAX. The rifle worked perfectly with consistent extraction, positive ejection, and zero feeding issues with either the AICS or Magpul magazines. The trigger took some getting used to, but was it light and crisp. There were no light primer strikes or other function issues. Over the course of the three days I only missed three targets on the first round, at ranges from 300 to 900 meters.
Back at the Home Range
Tested for accuracy, Hornady won the day with my best 5-shot group measuring 0.40 inches at 100 yards. Everything grouped at around .50 inches. Adding my Delta P Design Brevis II Ultra 6.5mm suppressor, recoil was all but non-existent. Plenty quiet, it adds 7.5 ounces to the end of the barrel. Designed specifically for Pro Series competition, it was perfect for this rifle.
Mil-spec M1A magazines worked, as did high-quality AR10 magazines. Accuracy International AW magazines would not work. With minor alteration they could, just not our of the box. Using several other SR25 patterned magazines (Lancer, Larue, DPMS), they all worked just fine.
Ruger’s Precision Rifle is down right impressive. No need to spend $90.00 on a magazine. The ability to swap out hand guards, grips, and stocks with off the shelf AR parts allows a perfect fit. Getting all that with a $1,399 suggested retail price is a bit mind boggling, and a fantastic opportunity for most shooters.
There is little to dislike about this rifle. It will bring a whole new crop of shooters to precision rifle matches. Police departments will also look closely at the .308 version. It shoots circles around the competition while providing excellent ergonomics and AR controls, along with light weight, 100% reliable performance, and crazy accuracy. If you want a fantastic precision rifle at a modest price, take a look at the Ruger Precision Rifle at your gun shop, or contact Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.; Tel.: (928) 541-8892; Web: www.ruger.com
Caliber : 6.5 Creedmoor
Barrel: 24 inches
Overall Length: 32.6 inches folded; 45.5 inches extended
Weight: 10.6 Pounds
Sights: Tapered or flat top rail
Stocks/Grips: Ruger Precision MSR stock/AR pistol grip
Action: 70-Degree, 3-Lug bolt action
Capacity: SR25 or AICS pattern Magazines
Load Velocity Accuracy
Hornady 140-grain AMAX 2,700 0.40”
Nosler 140-grain BTHP 2,725 0.48”
Double Tap 127-grain LRX 2,800 0.55”
Velocity measured in feet per second using a Magnetospeed V3 Chronograph. Accuracy in inches for three 5-round groups fired from 100 yards using a bipod as a rest from the prone position.