Budget $350 Mile Gun: Ruger American Predator 6.5CM

My friend Brian M. told me about this gun. I am not a long distance shooter but the thought of amateurishly trying it does sound appealing to me. For a while I have wanted a Ruger Precision Rifle after getting a chance to shoot one out to 600 yards thanks to my friend Jim. So when Brian mentioned that the Ruger American Predator in 6.5 Creedmore can not only get out to 1k yards but it can go a mile, I was intrigued. Even more so by the price tag. In this video below, ADudeAndSomeGuns keeps saying the gun is $350. From my brief internet search I have not found it to be that cheap. Ruger lists the Model 6973 at an MSRP of $529. My friend Brian recently found one local to him very lightly used at $399. Still this is a very budget friendly gun.

Yes Savage Axis II offers a 6.5 Creedmore gun for even less. I have not seen a video review of someone using it for long range like ADudeAndSomeGuns. However I have a feeling it may perform similarly though. There is a feature though on the Ruger that eeks it more alluring than the Savage and that is the factory threaded barrel. I like using muzzle brakes and suppressors and not having to remove the Predator barrel to get threaded is appealing.

 

Here is another video showing a 3.5 group at 500 yards.





Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Christopher Wallace

    Interdasting… But does the gun feel like a cheap pos/have a janky bolt throw?

    • Argartis

      I’ve got one in 260. The stock is….well a synthetic stock…they’re all not ideal. But the action is slick and quick, nothing catchy or janky about it.

      • Dougscamo

        Hows the trigger?….

        • Argartis

          It’s one of the style adjustable triggers. Fairly crisp, I don’t feel any creep, and I have mine set to about 3.5 lbs because that’s what I like. I like it goes from 2.5 to almost 5lbs but don’t quote me on that haha.

  • jonjon7465

    Now lets get some aftermarket support!!!!

  • Phillip Cooper

    If I could find one in town I’d buy it today.

  • Capybara

    So to get this rifle up to RPR, standards, you are going to spend about $500.00 to $700.00 on a stock, bedding, muzzle brake, etc. Why not just buy an RPR?

    • Dougscamo

      Familiar with both these guys and the point is….if you want to bang some steel….this is the best deal going…..

    • bcrockett

      Also probably because RPRs are next to impossible to find right now. But yeah, I’d like an RPR.

  • Dougscamo

    There is a certain Gun Shop in…coughKentuckycough….that has them in stock for $393…new…if you have a friendly FFL to handle the purchase…just saying…

    • Jared Vynn

      Mr gun dealer dot com has it for $356, try gunengine dot com for price searches it works great for me.

      • Dougscamo

        Cool!…Thanks!….Love how you get past the link ban that has plagued me in the past….duh, on my part…..

        • Jared Vynn

          No problem, I have also ran into the link ban.

    • nova3930

      My LGS has them for $370. I keep being sorely tempted by the 6.5CM version along with the 300BLK.

      • Dougscamo

        Know the feeling….I have a 7mag that I have shot the throat out and have that itch going again…but if I do….it’ll be the 6.5CM….
        All of the prices so far in the comments have beaten what Nicholas C has encountered….but I would hazard that he was checking his usual places as I was….

        • nova3930

          I’d probably have one already if I didn’t snag an old Savage 110 for $125 that I’m re-barreling.

          • Dougscamo

            Been exploring that route….but if I re-barrel my 7mag I want a Shilen barrel….and they cost more than this entire rifle even before installation costs….and no threaded muzzle….hence my quandary….

          • nova3930

            I get you. Shilen wasn’t in the cards for my budget build either. Ended up with a McGowan on mine along with custom milling and bedding the original cheapo beech stock. Bridgeport in the garage helps that though lol.

          • uisconfruzed

            I put a McGowen on my 6.5 Grendel, it puts 5 rounds in one hole at 100 yards.
            This is the first 6 rounds through the gun, the bottom hole was the target. Lapua brass, Berger 130g VLD
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/61de82d3ce668e2f1ec4a9542d101be2ab14216b362c82304df6489b7792e92b.jpg

          • nova3930

            I’ll be happy if mine shoots half that good. Carlos Hathcock I’m not…

          • uisconfruzed

            I sent the first one down, adjusted the scope & told my son (with awesome eyesight) to send the next 5.

          • Dougscamo

            Have that problem too huh?….I was reading about a ScopeAid by Clemit that gives a clear crosshair for us….mature….shooters…$149-$179
            Thinking REAL hard about it as my crosshairs have become pretty blurry in the last year….

          • uisconfruzed

            I’ve got a bad case of floaters as well, it’s like large pieces of lint floating around & blocking/blurring my vision.
            I’ve found a few scopes are MUCH more clearer with my eyes. I’m looking into a couple scopes, I won’t buy until I can look through them past 300 yards.

          • Dougscamo

            Brother, I share your blurs….every time I got to the optometrist he comments on how many floaters I have in my eyes….lot of times on the range, I have to pause to let them settle so I can see the crosshairs…they are really bad if I’m shooting at a white target….or looking at this laptop screen…. 🙂
            I have several that are better than others….my favorite is a Vortex 4X16X50 VHS-LR Viper with side focus….though I still like my Leupold VX 3 in 2 1/2X10X40….but it has the old style ocular focus that I have to change every year.
            Sent an email for info from Clemit but they have not replied….bad sign….but reading the reviews on the outdoor sites, it may be the ticket…
            Good shooting

          • Dougscamo

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/14969f136fb29ebb37d178a2ce46de82a34aed3c5d61ecf9d42103fa10c6d093.jpg

            WELLL, since we are sharing group pics….top holes are pre-zero…5 holes to left of line are after zero….100 yards, TC Venture….270 Win…130gr Sierra Game Kings over a charge of IMR4350….

  • santi

    Ruger is not doing too shabby these days.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    So savage and ruger now both have 6.5 offerings with a threaded barrel that are similarly priced. Which is the best?

    • AndyHasky

      I read that paragraph as saying the Savage doesn’t have a factory threaded barrel, which helped him pick the Ruger over it.

      • Jared Vynn

        The Savage 10 FCP-SR is the 6.5 creedmoor with a threaded barrel and costs arouund $650. The similar priced (to the Ruger American) axis line only has threaded barrel for 223 and 308.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        They do now. Might not have at the time he bought the rifle. Copper Custom had them in stock. MAC posted a redo of $1000 1000 yards using a Savage 6.5 with a Primary Arms optic.

        I’m going to do a similar budget build but will probably go with a fixed power SWFA.

    • Dougscamo

      That’s kinda like asking which is better….Ford or Chevy….to a NASCAR fan….

    • Nicholas C

      Savage isnt threaded as far as I know.

      • Harry’s Holsters
        • Dougscamo

          Not to quibble….but you seem to be a stand-up kinda guy so I don’t think you will take offense….that is a Model 10 on the link…different rifle from the Savage Axis that Nicholas C was referring to….BUT….that Model 10 looks pretty sweet!

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Yes but it’s still within what I’d consider a budget option. $600 for that is an awesome deal.

            If someone’s trying to save every cent but if it’s a little bit better of a gun I’d go with the Savage for the $200 up charge.

          • Dougscamo

            Roger that….the AccuTrigger and AccuStock are sweet….which you don’t get with the Axis. Got them on a 116 and would print 1/2″ groups all day long….until I spent enough days to burn the throat out. From what I understand….this is not a problem with the CM or 260….for normal shooters…. 🙂

          • Harry’s Holsters

            The build I’m doing a a experiment to see if I like bolt guns and long range shooting. I was pretty sold on the Ruger but you’ve got me thinking about the Savage. Seems like a gun I might be happier with in the long run.

          • Dougscamo

            “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here”…..it is a hoot to hit what you are shooting at 600 yards and beyond…..BUT it’s like anything else in this sport of shooting….be prepared to spend more than you thought. My rule of thumb is to sit down, figure the price of everything you need…then double it and add 20%….that will be pretty close to what you will spend…it’s a whole different world…

          • Harry’s Holsters

            I’m lucky in that the friend I will be doing it with most has all the things like wind gauges, a spotting scope and range finder. He’s a machinist who will also build me a rifle but I think he’s costing me more money than he’s saving me lol! I shoot a lot of handgun and it’s fun but there isn’t a ton of thought. The variables are all in the shooter physically where as with long range it seems to be brains that get the bullet to the target. I like the thought of that.

          • Dougscamo

            You’ll like it but it can become consuming….look up Long Range Hunting dot com….all kinds of posts there for guidance…and arguments pretty much like you get here. UGA…the Unofficial Gun Addict…maker of the better of the 2 videos above….is a member and you can PM him….which is a feature I wish this site had….
            Good you have a friend with a spotting scope….expensive….and absolutely necessary….have fun….

          • Harry’s Holsters

            Thank you I will!

  • Vitor Roma

    Sub-moa for just under 400 bucks. That is why 6.5 is the master race.

  • Marcus D.

    I’ve finally settled on the Creedmoor. The question is, who makes a better barrel? Am I correct in thinking that Ruger does cold hammer forged while Savages are button rifled?

  • Treyh007

    Buds usually has them around $389, I new these were great budget rifles but I did not think they were capable of these distances. Pretty cool!

  • Treyh007

    Does anybody actually pay full MSRP on these common rifles/pistols? Only places I’ve seen charging full MSRP is Gander M. Only time would even come close to paying that would be for hard to find firearms.

    • mig1nc

      Gander had a 20% off firearms sale a few months ago. The thing about Gander is *sometimes* their sale prices are really good on *some* items. You have to shop carefully if you go there. You can get a good deal, or pay out the nose.

  • JW

    Does any one know what optic he is runnin?

    • Nicholas C

      I believe it is a SWFA fixed 12x

  • Sasquatch

    I have been wanting one for awhile now and this just pushed me over the ledge.

  • Another POV

    Does this gun have an internal box magazine? I am too lazy to look it up.

    • Dougscamo

      Yup…

  • noob

    I wonder how this will do compared to .338 Lapua in a tactical context. Is the ammo a lot lighter? Would having an AR-10 in 6.5CM be practical where .338 lapua is too big?

    • FarmerB

      In a “tactical context” I would take the .338 since at least it might hurt the guy at the other end. Shooting at this distance is difficult even for a .338 – in spite of what this guy says, don’t for a minute think you can spent $500 or even $1500 and be in the one-mile game out-of-the-box. Just consider the money you’d need to spend to buy a spotting optic to actually see a .380 ACP splash at 1820 yds (which is about what energy this round will have out there)?

    • maodeedee

      Yes, and yes.

  • Tyrfing

    There was a 6.5 Creedmore at a NATO competition in Europe 3 months ago. The 1 mile shot was through a slight crosswind. They had trouble a t 1 km and didn’t even try the 1 mile. 1 rifle made the shot Mk18 SWORD 338 Lapua with a 22 inch barrel. AX338 and 338 Mac-Tac missed

  • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

    I’ve never tried it, but wouldn’t an HS Precision 300 Winchester shoot out that far with that kind of accuracy with a trained operator?

    • Dougscamo

      Yup….

  • really.really!really?

    It might shoot a mile – a .22 LR will shoot a mile – but what will the 6.5 do when it gets there? I’m guessing it will miss the mark….a lot.

  • maodeedee

    The Ruger American is a very well designed rifle except for one fatal flaw, which does not effect the potential accuracy of the gun but does effect reliability, and that is the supposedly “rotary” magazine and the way that it attaches to the rifle.

    If it was a spool-type rotary like the 10-22 magazine or like the Mannlicher and savage 99 magazines it would be better but Ruger had a lot of trouble with the first magazines that cam with the guns particularly the ones meant to feed the .223/204 rifles.

    The other problem is that the way the magazines lock into the receiver is more like a rimfire magazine than a magazine for a centerfire rifle. There is only a tiny plastic rectangular “nub” that engages a small detent in the rear of the mag well and then is “secured” by a flimsy plastic latch at the front of the mag well.

    I bought a Ruger American rifle in 223 and the magazine that came with the gun didn’t work so Ruger sent me a replacement that DID work, but after seeing the cheesy way that it attached to the gun, I was not interested in buying another Ruger American chambered for a cartridge that was larger than .223. And why would anyone want to spend money on “accurizing” one of these rifles and putting an expensive scope on it when you’d likely start having problems with the magazine as time went by?

  • Rick Yanero

    wow if i had this rifle i could pop trump a mile away

    • MD B

      Wouldn’t using a weapon against ANYONE require you dislodging yourself from between your mother’s legs first?

  • CavScout

    Your definitions are backwards.

  • Man you need to clean up your language. There was so much to edit I just dumped all the content.

    • Dougscamo

      Thank you….

    • Ned Weatherby

      You’re right of course. I’m now going to hell for another reason…

  • Justin Quattlebaum

    Anyone have an idea what model scope he is using? It is never mentioned in the article nor in the video.

  • Dougscamo

    Sorry, I have been off-grid for a week….looking at elk and various other creatures on vacation. Due to my astigmatism, I have a problem focusing on objects that are close to my eye…like less than 2 feet from my eye….neither my ocular focus nor my side focus scopes allow me to have a clear crosshair and a clear target simultaneously….hopefully, since this is a condition that the ScopeAid will correct this….