New: Ruger’s Enhanced Precision Rifle

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I have a Ruger Precision Rifle on order, they seem hard to find in some places. (I’m sure they have plenty where you live, I’m not so lucky)

Therefore it was quite a surprised when Ruger announced a new enhanced version of the Precision Rifle. So soon?

Like most, I’m a sucker for “the latest” and I’m sure Ruger have some good reasons and user feedback to base the new design on since the 2015 release.

As we know, there is always room for new designs and improvement, and I’m keen on getting them on my rifle.

“Before” (ignore the scope and any scale between the pictures)

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New: “Enhanced”

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The improvements are:

  • New handguard. Free-floating (as before) and KeyMod-compatible.There is no longer a top-mounted Picatinny rail. The benefit is that you increase any scope clearance. As many long range optics use large lenses, you can now mount the optic closer to the line of sight (barrel)
  • Muzzle Brake. The enhanced model ships with a muzzle brake installed, said to reduce recoil with up to 58%. Your shooting buddies aren’t going to like the side blast, but you’ll be able to enjoy a more relaxed shot.
  • New bolt shroud. Out with plastic, in with billet aluminum, hard anodized.

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Unsurprisingly Ruger ‘upgraded’ the price as well. From $1.399 to $1.599, but I guess it makes sense considering the extras. Actually I see no reasons not to go for the new model.

The enhanced RPR is available in .308 Win and 6,5 Creedmoor. If there will be an enhanced .243 Win is unknown, will Ruger stop making it? Will there be a new caliber?

I have only tried the 6,5 CM once, in an AR-15 platform made by Rhino. I scored 50/50 in my first and only 5 shots at 300 meters, so it liked me and I like it back…

But if I could wish for a few things (Mike Fifer, are you listening?)

Ruger, please make a Ruger Precision Rifle XL. For calibers like the 6,5 mm (Swedish) Mauser, .338 Lapua Magnum and similar calibers.

While you’re at it, the receiver would have to become just a bit longer so no need for cantilever scope mounts. You could also re-design the rifle, so that the handguard is attached to the lower rather than the upper. This would enhance long range accuracy, and avoid that the barrel is affected by any forces applied on the handguard via a bipod for instance.

Yes, I know the size of the caliber is very different between 6,5 CM and 6,5 Mauser, but please just do it. 6,5 CM is nice, but to find it is virtually impossible (for me) and I prefer shooting over reloading.

Below: Old handguard (made by Samson) with Picatinny rail. Requires a higher line of sight to clear large scopes. Ruger2

Below: Beware of beard and blast.

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Jeff Quinn with the new Ruger Precision Rifle in 6,5 Creedmoore

Jeff Quinn from http://www.gunblast.com tests the Enhanced Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor.



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • sean

    A new product from Ruger…maybe thats why my last years order hasnt been filled yet. Why dont these companies at least attempt to catch up on back-orders before coming out with a new product?

    • John Yossarian

      Maybe we should just be glad that they quickly caught-on that there was room for improvement, and made those adjustments before going full-tilt with an inferior product.

      • sean

        how inferior is it really…its already the most affordable long rang rifle on the market. Only real improvement was the bolt shroud.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I don’t see the advantage in this rifle. All this means is that you can’t mount night vision in from and are paying $200 more for a muzzle brake that doesn’t work with your suppressor. I’d have rather seen MLok become available.

    • MacK

      Its a modular handguard, you can put a pic-rail section anyway on the upper rail, the barrel is still threaded 5/8-24 and the brake can be removed for your direct thread or your choice of muzzle device (since most people dont have cans anyway). Ruger has just listened to their customers and enhanced their product line; a sight better then Ruger of old.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        I agree with you on the CAN and rail but why charge the extra $200. The muzzle break may warrant another $100 but the rail shouldn’t add any cost.

      • Budogunner

        Some of us see this as paying more so we can pay more for that extra pic-rail we would have to mount, for a muzzle brake we don’t want and may have to buy tools and vice blocks to remove, and only benefit by having a tiny amount of extra score clearance.

  • MadMonkey

    What’s a muzzle break? That sounds bad.

    • Bill

      I hate that, I’ll give the writer the benefit of the doubt and blame autocorrect, and poor proofing.

      • Budogunner

        Proofing is part of the job of a professional writer or editor.

    • TC

      It’s not just this article, the quality of grammar and spelling on many web sites has become much worse in the past few years.

      • Swarf

        It really, truly has become atrocious on many of the sites I’m a daily reader at.

        • Edeco

          At least TFB takes the criticism, doesn’t delete it like that precious snowflake Robert Farago

          • Swarf

            That’s the truth about that.

          • iksnilol

            I see what you did there.

        • politicsbyothermeans

          Why, I’ll bet they don’t even mind ending a sentence with a preposition.

          • Swarf

            Piffle. Compared to the blatant mispielings and grammarmatical failings I see every day in supposedly professional websites, your nitpickery is duly noted, but is just that.

            Also, I’m not out there calling myself a professional writer.

          • politicsbyothermeans

            It was really meant as a joke. It seems to me like it nears certainty that any post made in criticism of spelling and grammar will contain errors in both.

          • Swarf

            Yeah, mine too.

            I was typing with my pinky extended.

      • Tassiebush

        His English is way better than my German

    • Simon R.

      Lulz, I was just going to say this. Its 2016 for crying out loud. Can we not get our basic nomenclature correct on a firearm blog? 😛

    • Erik B

      Sorry, English isn’t my first language.
      Also, the spell check in the online software is sometimes doing the best to fool me.

  • Stephen Hubert

    “While you’re at it, the receiver would have to become just a bit longer so no need for cantilever scope mounts. You could also re-design the rifle, so that the handguard is attached to the lower rather than the upper. This would enhance long range accuracy, and avoid that the barrel is affected by any forces applied on the handguard via a bipod for instance.”

    Thereby removing half of the AR-compatible details that make this rifle so attractive?

    • Stephen Hubert

      Also, the barrel is already free-floated; yes, the rail touches the upper receiver… but it sounds like you should be just buying a different rifle if you don’t want a pseudo-AR pattern gun.

  • thedonn007

    I would be willing to take an old model off of someone’s hands for $700. Come on, you know I am doing you a favor.

  • Random FFL

    I’m sure the $200 price hike is partially due to the Ruger made handguard costing them more money than the Samson Evolution handguards did.

    I own the Precision (not enhanced) and the Samson handguard does flex a ton from having a bipod mounted at the 6’oclock position, so I think the new improved Ruger handguard(with a wider 6’oclock position) is a much needed real-world upgrade.

    The billet bolt shroud is the most pointless of the 3 upgrades. It does nothing other than hold the trigger adjustment tool inside it. The plastic one is fine.

  • Julio

    Did Ruger figure they’d made it a bit too cheap and so cook up a handful of “enhancements” to compensate for a convenient recalibration of the price? I don’t see these changes making a $200 worth of contribution to either performance or cost. Of course that’s partly because the only place I’d put a muzzle brake is in the bin.
    Also, anyone who ever refers to the 6.5CM should check they have spelled Creedmoor correctly!

  • jon spencer

    I want one in .22LR.

  • John

    Ruger says “WOW! These things are selling like hotcakes! Let’s cover it with POLYRAZZMATAZZ and give it a brand new trigger bearing and charge $200 more!”

  • Jack Morris

    Did they fix the wobbly safety? I was hoping they would add a detent pin. What about the rail flex? These 2 issues are what keeps me from picking one up.

    • AndyHasky

      I fumbled around with just a few hours ago actually, I though the safety was VERY positive. I’ve only handled the upgraded model so I can’t compare it to anything else, but it definitely has a detent pin. Can’t speak for the rail flex as I didn’t know that was an issue.

      • Jack Morris

        Thank you for the input! The details are important. Even though it isn’t a top tier rifle; it’s still a hefty chunk of change to blow on something with seemingly half-assed parts. I’m one step closer to getting one

  • uisconfruzed

    $200 more for a brake and handguard I’ll discard? The 6.5 CM on a rifle that heavy has minimal recoil, the brake blast will case flinching in many. I’d rather spin on my TBAC.
    Improve the pivot lock/hinge, add a Seekins handguard and keep the threaded barrel.

    • AndyHasky

      I’ve seen two of the upgraded models, one in North Carolina and the other in South, both were less then $1,300. MSRP doesn’t mean a whole lot unless it’s a Keltec…