The Ruger Precision Rifle has become one of the most highly sought after firearms of 2015 and 2016. A big part of this soaring popularity is the fact that these rifles come standard with many features that today’s rifle shooter has come to want or even expect in a new rifle. One of these features is a 5/8″ x 24 threaded muzzle (and thread protector). With a threaded muzzle you can easily install a muzzle brake or a suppressor. That’s the way things should be!
Recently, I had the opportunity to try out a Coastal 30 caliber suppressor with my 6.5 Creedmoor Ruger Precision Rifle. Wow! A suppressor is a really nice rifle accessory to own for multiple reasons. First and most obviously, there’s the sound suppression. In some cases these rifles can be so quiet that you can go without hearing protection for a small number of shots (you still have the sonic crack unless you are loading a cartridge like 300 BLK sub-sonic). There’s also a nice reduction in felt recoil, and accuracy is typically not affected (can be enhanced in some circumstances). I want to share some of these experiences, first hunting with my friend Jim, and then shooting at 100 yards at the “Ultimate Reloader Outpost” (my range).
If you look closely in the video, you can actually see the difference in recoil shooting off the bench with the suppressor. When I took the suppressor off, it was a night and day difference in recoil. One of the things I’m going to try next is a muzzle brake. On the 6.5 Creedmoor Ruger Precision Rifle, I expect that to make a big difference in shootability, without quite the same mirage effects you tend to get with a suppressor (now I know why some rifle shooters use insulators for their suppressors).
Here’s the cold-bore clean-bore 5-shot group mentioned in the video:
And full load data for the loads used to produce this group:
6.5 Creedmoor 120 grain A-MAX load
- Bullet: Hornady 6.5mm 120 grain A-MAX
- Primer: CCI Large Rifle #200
- Powder: Hodgdon H-4350: 43 grains
- Brass: New Hornady 6.5 Creedmoor
- COL: 2.670″
Note: This load data is for reference only. Always cross-reference with manufacturer’s load data. Ultimate Reloader is not responsible for errors or possible issues you may have when using this load data. Use at your own risk.
Shooting the Ruger Precision Rifle suppressed was both really fun, and really practical once you get used to the extra weight and length a suppressor ads to your rifle. I would definitely recommend purchasing one if you want to hunt without hearing protection, or you just want to minimize your impact on your surroundings. A 30 caliber suppressor is a great choice because they work well with calibers like 30, 6.5mm, 6.0mm, and even 22 (such as .223). Note that you may need a thread adapter depending on what rifle you are using with a 30 caliber (5/8″ x 24) suppressor.
Do you have suppressed shooting experienced you’d like to share? Please leave a comment!