Ruger Precision Rifle Part 1: Unboxing, Overview, Setup, Sight-In

I’m very excited to kick off a new content series that will feature the Ruger Precision Rifle, 6.5 Creedmoor and 243 Winchester cartridges, as well as in-depth reloading and shooting coverage. The Ruger Precision Rifle will serve as the platform I’ll use to push my long-range shooting skills to the next level (or two, or three). In this post, I’ll walk you through the process of unboxing and setting up the rifle. Later, we’ll go to the range, go hunting, and much more. I may even see how this rifle will do at 1-mile range. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it’s going to be a big challenge!


My goal with this series is to provide as much information as possible that will help shooters and reloaders understand what this rifle platform is capable of, and how 6.5 Creedmoor and 243 Winchester can be made to shoot most accurately at really long distances. People are full of all sorts of ideas when it comes to precision long-range shooting, and my quest during this journey is to separate fiction from fact. I want to focus on processes and techniques that make a difference with consistency and precision, and “forget” the rest. As usual- experiencing something first-hand is the best way to find out what will work for you and what won’t. For this project, I’m going to focus on results. In order to attain this goal, I’m going to work with some accomplished shooters like Ed Mobley and Steve Lawrence from the 6.5 Guys.

Here’s a video that I put together to kick off this series. You’ll see unboxing, an overview of the Ruger Precision Rifle, basic setup, boresighting at 25 yards, and 100 yard sight-in:

*Note: the Ruger Precision Rifle is not compatible with off-the-shelf AR style triggers as stated in video

The Ruger Precision Rifle is very well put together in terms of what you get in the box:

  1. Rifle assembly
  2. (2) Magpul PMAG 10 10-round magazines
  3. Picatinny rail with swivel stud screw (keymod system)
  4. QD sling mount (keymod system)
  5. User’s manual and related paperwork
  6. Trigger lock

And the list of standard features included with this rifle is amazing:

  1. Folding buttstock with locking adjustments for length-of-pull and comb height (cheek weld)
  2. Precision 4140 hammer forged chrome-moly steel barrel with threaded muzzle
  3. Precision machined 4140 chrome-moly steel upper receiver, forged aluminum lower receiver (optimal strength/weight), 20 MOA picatinny rail for optimized long-range optics setup
  4. Free floated Samson Evolution handguard with keymod system
  5. Ruger Marksman adjustable trigger (from 2.5lb to 5.5lb pull) – tool included
  6. One-piece bolt with 70 degree lift angle (for fast action cycling)
  7. AR-15 style safety with 45 degree rotation
  8. Compatibility with most AR-15/AR-10 handguards, buttstocks, pistol grips
Ruger Precision Rifle Cutaway- Image courtesy Ruger
Ruger Precision Rifle Cutaway- Image courtesy Ruger (click to enlarge)

I can tell you from shooting this rifle that it packs a LOT of value into a ~$1000 street priced rifle. It definitely works well for long-range precision shooting, something we’ll explore in detail here on Ultimate Reloader! I plan on covering 600-1000 yard steel shooting, hunting, field shooting (hiking), precision reloading in-depth, and shooting out to very long distances: perhaps out to a full mile.

Do you have a Ruger Precision Rifle? If so, please share your shooting adventures by leaving a comment!


19 thoughts on “Ruger Precision Rifle Part 1: Unboxing, Overview, Setup, Sight-In”

  1. I saw and held this rifle at the gun store I work at part time. It is an amazing rifle. However, being left-handed I will wait as long as it takes for it to come out in a lefty version. I own several Ruger rifles and hand guns and it will come out in a lefty version. Keep up the excellent work videos. Lots learned from them, Richard.

  2. I have been waiting for the past 4 months for these to come out in canada I have ordered the exact Rifle you are blogging about so I willl follow every word you write on this Gun so Keep up the good work.

  3. Built a 260 Remington and almost immediately Ruger comes out with this. Just looking at the build and specs. I knew this rifle had everything it needed to make it a winner. The only thing that would hold it back is the barrel maybe. If it is a good one it should be a winner. Like the magazine release very much. Can’t wait for the longer range reports. Like the direction your site is heading. Good work! Thanks.

  4. when you adjust the sight, the adj. screws arrow’s point the way the bullet will move on the target is this right? Or do you have to turn the opposite way? And do all sights adjments work the same way? Never did understand this.

    1. William- on the Vortex Viper 6-24×50 there are arrows on the turrets for “Up/Down” and “Left/Right” – these directions are relative to where the bullet will actually impact. This is how scope adjustments are typically labeled.

  5. In in the video you said the trigger will except any AR15-10 style trigger. I believe this to be a non-replaceable part, can you confirm this?

    Thanks for everything! You’re an invaluable resource in the shooting community.

  6. Hey Gavin, I have the rifle you are reviewing in 6.5. Of the things you stated in your video, all are true and correct save one exception; namely the trigger is NOT replaceable at this time with other AR and large frame AR triggers. I’d love to share with you my journey thus far and the coolest part is I started out with 40 factory 140gr A-Max and 20 of the 120 A-Max loads and have since loaded 10 on the batch of 40 while doing OCW workup and all other developmental work. Mostly at 200 yards and using the new Magnetospeed V3 for velocities…I’be been using the Berger 140gr Hybrid Match pills behind a good load of H4350 and with testing of both CCI and Federal Match primers. Also of note, when loaded to mag length, I am having to jump 0.125″ to engage the lands…so my example is extremely long throated. I do have two of the new 3-rib style Accurate Mags that are to be shipping my way at the end of the week which will allow my to tune to touch the lands since they have a longer internal COAL capacity. Oh yeah, and BTW, I am a Lean and Six Sigma Master Black Belt and have been using MiniTab to look at all velocity and load data… Got tons more to share if you are interested.

    Also, I am subbed to the 6.5 guys and love your partnering up with them as well! Look forward to you journey….

  7. Hello Everyone

    Chad Dixon the owner of LongRifles, Inc. provide an update to our RPR Group last week.
    He is in the process of creating a replacement trigger for The Ruger Precision Rifle !
    And for everyone interested in The RPR, and joining a knowledgeable group of Precision
    Shooters please stop by to join the group, and get involved.

    Enjoy The Rifle !

    ` Ron

  8. I’m looking for this rifle to come out in .308 win. Magazine articles have “mentioned” both 20″ & 24″ bbls. my last .308 was an M1A with 22″ bbl, as I remember. Is there anything definite about bbl length?
    I’ll be following the conversation. Thanks.

    1. By the way I love your videos I’ve been wanting this rifle and scope combo that you are working with for about six months now, so seeing you reviewing it makes me all gitty like a white girl when she gets her pumpkin spice latte. But I also would like to know what size of rings you used I would assume the tallest ones you can get but I love the stance and space you have on the scope please let me know thank you and keep up the awesome videos.

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