LaRue PredatOBR In 260 Remington

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My first introduction to LaRue Tactical gear came in 2005 after a Pat Rogers AK course – I started off weak but ended up taking the first-loser spot. The prize? A LaRue Tactical LT150 Aimpoint mount. That one mount spawned a whole new rifle, optic and more carbine courses. Since that time, LaRue has sparked a evolution/revolution in precision rifle accessories and eventually complete rifles.

Finally announced for public availability is the PredatOBR rifle chambered in .260 Remington. While I don’t claim to have the same ammunition history prowess as our own Nathaniel F., I do know that .260 Remington can replicate similar trajectories to .300 Win Mag while having much less recoil and the ability to fit into an AR platform. The combination looks to be a winner – following the LaRue motto of being “The Dead Center of Precision”.

Personally I think ‘260 LaRue’ flows better than ‘260 Remington’. But I guess that ship has sailed.

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TFB: LaRue Tactical .260 Remington PredatOBR.

TFB: LaRue Tactical .260 Remington PredatOBR.

TFB: LaRue Tactical .260 Remington PredatOBR.

The PredatOBR 260 Remington is the ultimate lightweight long distance rifle. The most remarkable feature of the PredatOBR is its ability to be completely “broken down” and stored into the optional Rollup Bag and Toolbox. The PredatOBR handguard has a locking stainless steel QD Lever system on each side. Once the levers are released, the handguard slides off of the upper assembly in seconds. The PredatOBR’s barrel can easily be removed with the supplied PredatOBR Barrel Wrench, unscrew the Barrel Nut from Receiver and pull the Barrel Assembly free from Receiver. No need to remove the gas tube, gas block or muzzle device. Reverse the process to reinstall. Hand-tighten Barrel Nut and torque approximately 1/8-turn past hand-tight (Approximately 40-50 foot pounds). Once reassembled correctly, the point of impact (POI) shift will be 0.0 to 0.5 MOA of the original.

Barrels are chambered in 260 Remington, and feature rifling in a 1/8 twist rate. All barrels are threaded in 5/8 x 24. Like the OBR and PredatAR riles, LaRue has eliminated the conventional AR barrel nut and bolt the handguard directly to the proprietary upper receiver, creating a true “free-float” barrel. The handguard does not touch the barrel or barrel nut at any place. The zero-MOA upper rail provides plenty of room for weapon-mounted night-vision day/night combinations. Both the upper and lower are CNC-machined from billet aluminum for the optimum fit and consistency. Even though it has been lightened certain features, there is still additional material in strategic areas to achieve maximum accuracy.

The PredatOBR has threaded stainless-steel hard-points over the entire length of the handguard at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. These hard-points have an integral spine built-in for structural support. Provided with the system are three 3-inch MIL-STD-1913 rail sections that can be positioned anywhere along the handguard, per operator preference. These rail sections are attachable/detachable using a supplied tool (Torx® T-15 wrench). The rail sections are CNC-machined from billet aluminum. This robust solution provides a perfect precision mounting space for aiming lasers, illumination and bipods.

The PredatOBR’s Port Selector Technology™ (PST) gas block is adjustable, to aid in the optimum function when using a sound suppressor. This special gas block contains a dual port mechanism that is operated by rotating a lever from one side to another. When the lever is rotated to the right-side of the rifle, the gasses are reduced, to compensate for the extra blowback created by the suppressor. When rotated to the left side, the gasses are increased for use without a suppressor.

The LaRue Tactical 6-position Retract Action Trigger (R.A.T.) Stock comes standard with every PredatOBR. It is ergonomic, has protected control surfaces and contains a set of cleaning rods in an internal compartment. Since the height of the 12 o’clock rail is at the optimum position, there is no need for a cheek riser as part of this system.

Specifications:

Caliber: .260 Remington
Barrel Length: 18″ and 22″
Rifling Twist Rate: 1/8
Barrel Life: 10,000 (approx)
Gas System: Direct Impingement with LaRue PST™ port selector
Trigger: LaRue MBT

Accessories:

2ea, 20-Round LaRue Magazines
3ea 3” Rail Sections
Operators Manual
Barrel Wrench

TFB: LaRue Tactical .260 Remington PredatOBR.

TFB: LaRue Tactical .260 Remington PredatOBR.

Preorder details here:

http://www.larue.com/larue-tactical-22-inch-predatobr-260

http://www.larue.com/larue-tactical-18-inch-predatobr-260


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LaRue Tactical – http://www.larue.com

office: 512-259-1585
fax: 512-259-1588

Mailing Address:
850 CR 177
Leander, TX 78641



Pete

LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
Pete.M@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • yodamiles

    I don’t know why, but the gun looks really beefy and heavy. Must be the stuffs on the handguard. Kinda surprised that they don’t release both 6.5 Creedmore and .260 at the same time.

    • Anonymoose

      It’s going to be scoped and shot off a bipod or rest. Even if it’s 9-10 lbs unloaded that’s still pretty light for a precision rifle.

      • CommonSense23

        Larues are surprisingly light when holding. There is a reason why they are the unofficial rifle of JSOC.

        • Joshua

          JSOC does love themselves some Larue rifles.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      First thing I thought. The 6.5 Creedmore makes a lot of since these days with match grade ammo prices and availability. I know they are supposed to be difficult to get running in an AR10 but I wouldn’t imagine Larue controlling all their parts could over come this issue vs the home assembler.

      I really want a 6.5 creedmore AR10. In my area the only use of the gun is precision shooting so I’m going to skip the 308 when I decide to jump into an AR10. I don’t reload or plan to shoot non match ammo through the gun so it just makes sense.

      • Vitor Roma

        JP Rifles makes AR10 in 6.5 CM.

  • TheWarriorWorkshop

    10,000 round barrel life? That would be about 3x’s greater than what’s being reported these days in that caliber. I’d love to see it though. I also noticed on their website they have bolt action rifles coming out soon…me interested!

    • Patriotunknown

      Not saying the barrel life is or isn’t 10k but I have a tOBR and the drop in barrel system is revolutionary. It’s not a gimmick. No small screws. Just one barrel wrench and hand torque it. I’ve completely disassembled mine in between shots and still shot a half inch 3 round group and my 5rd was under .7 on my calipers. Removed my LT scope mount each shot as well 😉

      Point is it is repeatable (even in between shots) and it is user serviceable out in the field. Replace your worn out barrel easily or have multiple lengths for different optics. It’s a rifle system. Especially if you fly for a course or hunt you can easily pack it.

    • iksnilol

      Not that unsual. It all depends on what loads you shoot. If you shoot hot loads of course it is going to burn out, but shooting milder/normal loads it’s going to be just fine. Besides, maybe they consider some degradation of precision okay before it counts as worn out?

      • TheWarriorWorkshop

        As I said, most sources are reporting barrel life in the 260 to be in the 3-4K range…depending on how hot you load the round. If you run the lowest spec velocity for that round, it’s not gonna extend the barrel life out for another 6k rounds. Not to mention, the whole point of having a gun like this IS the accuracy, so you need to run loads that the gun groups well with and carries energy for as long as possible…ie hotter rounds. So either the barrel is made of components that lend itself to longevity over accuracy or it is a highly over stated barrel life. I guess a third option is that’s it’s made of some space age material we are yet to hear of on planet earth. Sure, any barrel will shoot to 10k rounds, but your accuracy will fall off WAY before that in 260. I’m not trying to knock LaRue, they make awesome rifles I swear by and own myself, I’m just finding this 10k round claim hard to find. If they figured it out though, that’d be awesome

        • John Daniels

          For a precision rifle that needs to shoot under a minute, that cartridge has a barrel life of maybe 3k rounds at the top end.

          And let’s be honest here. The people who are shooting 6.5mm precision rifles chose that bullet diameter because they want the best performance. That means hot handloads.

  • toms

    That long barrel model looks strange. I want to see someone put 10,000 rnds down a .260 pipe. Cool if he has broken the code on ultra stainless barrels, I am skeptical at more than 3,000 rnds. .260 is supposed to be barrel burner.

    • Spencerhut

      .260 a Barrel burner? Who’s been lying to you? .260 Rem / 6.5×55 Swede / 6.5 Creedmore all have very long barrel life.

      I have a 1896 Swedish Mauser made in 1899 that has been through two wars and who knows how many rounds. This gun still has the original barrel with a perfect bore and serves as my go to deer & elk rifle and has no problem shooting <1MOA with Berger 140g VLD Hunting bullets.

      My long distance "toy" is a Cason Engineering .260 Rem with a Lilja barrel, pictured below. It gets pounded on and despite my constant abuse still holds .75MOA with Berger 140g bullets also. All with little recoil, drift and drop compared to a .308 Win.

      • TheWarriorWorkshop

        This kinda stuff cracks me up. Where did I get that number? Well I admit that I don’t have a 260, but I’m in the market for a 260 or a 6.5 and have been researching this for almost a year now. A quick Google search on “260 Remington barrel life”,will show about 5 bazillion results for it, all stating accuracy dropping off in the 2-4K range, depending on how hot it’s loaded. So, while appreciate the fact that you’ve got a gun made 110 years ago that still shoots sub moa with gazillions of rounds through it…that’s not the subject of discussion, though quite honestly I doubt that claim unless it’s had a barrel change and other modifications made to it.

        • Spencerhut

          Well there you go . .

        • lostintranslation

          LaRue are apparently using Reardon Steel. However, if you do a brief search you find this is a fictional steel taken from the novel: Atlas Shrugged (1957) by Ayn Rand.
          LaRue may have a proprietary steel, that gives them an edge, that they don’t wish to reveal.

  • LaRue going after those sweet BenningBux, maybe?

    I kid, but this does look a lot like the AMU’s AR-12.

    • Stan Darsh

      Would you be able to post a link or a pic showing the AR12? It’s proving to be rather difficult to find a legitimate image.

    • lostintranslation

      Nathaniel…….is this an opportunity to evaluate the actual recoil felt, compared to your computed recoil parameters?

      Article
      6.5mm Shootout: .260 Remington vs. 6.5×47 Lapua vs. 6.5 Creedmoor

      “After shooting a .308 or .300, the .260 feels like cheating.”

      • Oh, I have no doubt that from weapons with comparable masses, the 6.5mm has substantially less recoil. I shoot milsurps often, and my Swedish Mauser in 6.5×55 has considerably less recoil than even heavier guns in .30 caliber.

        My question about recoil was twofold:

        1. Does the increase in recoil versus 5.56mm sacrifice to too great a degree hit probability and ease of training?

        2. If lighter-weight .264 cal weapons are used that have similar nominal recoil energy figures to traditional .30 cal semiautomatic rifles in the 9-10lbs range, will this ressurrect the traditionally-accepted disadvantages of those weapons?

        • lostintranslation

          Just a little thinking out loud.

          My assumption is that rifles will increase in weight due to the different attachments that are applied.
          I assume that a silencer will effectively become almost standard, as there are so many good tactical reasons to reduce the noise footprint.

          Magnifying optics are, now, almost a standard. The addition of integrated miniaturised ballistic computer and range finder will add a small amount of weight.
          The big step forward would be an addition to the optic of an integrated miniaturised low light and multi-spectral imaging capability. This would give each infantryman the opportunity to simultaneously magnify and overlay with a thermal image. That type of transition would be an infantryman paradigm shift.

          It might be that these technology enhancements would be initially applied to the MG capability. The MG team might then become the focus, as typified by the Wehrmacht small arms implementation.

          All possibilities are also influenced by; climate, terrain and adversaries. When you consider: jungle, littoral, desert, mountains, equatorial forest and urban environments the concept of one tool fitting all jobs becomes less credible. Hence; the infantryman needs to become an even greater professional, with a range of small arms tools that can be selected to best fit the combat environment. This is the ‘golf bag’ approach.
          Basically, the infantryman of tomorrow should have more in common with the SF operator of today.

          To come back to the original point, there will never be a perfect rifle calibre. The outstanding task is to predict the future and effectively cover the greatest number of different combat theatres, with the best compromise.

          Unfortunately; I don’t see 5.56 as having the most potential for future evolution.