The speculations about which new calibers the Ruger Precision Rifle would be released in have been ongoing for a while.
Just before Christmas, on the 23:rd of December, Ruger actually released the Precision Rifle in 6 mm Creedmoor , as TFB reported. That ends one of the speculations.
Out with the .243 Remington and in with the 6 mm Creedmoor, for some speculators Santa was early.
The new 6 mm model is called 18016 and comes with a 24″ barrel in 1:7.7″ twist
The Suggested Retail $1 599, which is the same as the other versions.
The Ruger American Rifle Predator is now also available in the “new” caliber 6mm Creedmoor.
According to the press release:
“The 6mm Creedmoor found its start in precision rifle matches offering the perfect blend of accuracy, flat trajectory and mild recoil where shooters can call their own hits,” says Neal Emery, Hornady Communications Manager. “It is built from the ground up for long, heavy-for-caliber bullets and it has already proven itself in the precision rifle match world. What the 6mm Creedmoor does better than other 6mm cartridges is win matches,” Emery concluded.
“This cartridge offers shooters lower recoil than the popular 6.5 Creedmoor and longer barrel life than the 243 Winchester. It is a win-win for serious long-range competitors,” Emery added.
That should end the rumors, but there’s still a lot of speculation. Or perhaps wild guesses and happy wishes for what people want?
The 6 mm Creedmoor was released very quietly, but are there any more news around the corner? SHOT Show 2017 starts soon.
We know from the Q3 figures that new products stand for a lot of Ruger’s turnover, so R&D and new products are vital for the sales.
In my opinion, for Ruger to make any news it has to go beyond 1600 yards, hasn’t it?
300 BLK or 223 Rem, isn’t the thing. 300 BLK is a nice round, with some usage. But to call it a precision round, or to reach out beyond 300 meters/yards it’s the wrong cartridge.
Below: Ruger Precision Rifle in 6,5 mm Creedmoor.
If I had my wish come real, I would like to see long action to allow for larger, more powerful calibers.
In particular, I would buy the Precision Rifle if it came in .338 Lapua Magnum, as I “need” a rifle in that caliber. .300 Win Mag is another option. But I could live with a 6,55×55 Mauser too, which would probably the best option for a lot of precision shooters in the Nordic countries.
Some customers would like to have the possibility to buy a stripped version. With just the lower, upper and scope base with a bolt assembly. This is because some (hardcore) shooters want to change the stock, grip, hand guard, trigger and even the barrel from start anyway. I am confident that Ruger won’t go down that route, with a stripped RPR, for a lot of reasons.
Left handed shooters are of course anticipating a left handed version, but I would be very surprised if that happened.
In a few weeks we might know more.