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:
- Rifle assembly
- (2) Magpul PMAG 10 10-round magazines
- Picatinny rail with swivel stud screw (keymod system)
- QD sling mount (keymod system)
- User’s manual and related paperwork
- Trigger lock
And the list of standard features included with this rifle is amazing:
- Folding buttstock with locking adjustments for length-of-pull and comb height (cheek weld)
- Precision 4140 hammer forged chrome-moly steel barrel with threaded muzzle
- 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
- Free floated Samson Evolution handguard with keymod system
- Ruger Marksman adjustable trigger (from 2.5lb to 5.5lb pull) – tool included
- One-piece bolt with 70 degree lift angle (for fast action cycling)
- AR-15 style safety with 45 degree rotation
- Compatibility with most AR-15/AR-10 handguards, buttstocks, pistol grips
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!