Speculations about the next generation Ruger Precision Rifle

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

Check the Ruger website here and here.

6mmcreedmoor

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.

 

RPR

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.



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. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • Nick

    KeyMod just needs to die already. WTF, Ruger?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It’s on it’s way. All the new designs where mfgs are doing their own construction are using Keymod, it just makes so much more sense from a design and materials point of view.

      At least on the Ruger it’s easily replaceable. What’s mind boggling to me are HK with their stupid backwards keymod and AAC with their “square-drop” that’s just keymod to look a little better.

  • Aono

    If they did go the magnum long action route, 300 Norma Magnum would be a choice as appropriate as 6mm Creedmoor.

    A short action magnum bolt for say 6.5 SAUM, 7 WSM (300 WSM) might be a reasonable incremetal step.

    • jonp

      How about a short action in the 308 Norma Mag?

  • DW

    300BLK, 12″ barrel with a pistol brace.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I don’t know about the pistol brace, but a scaled down action in 223/300blk would be cool to SBR. Esp if they worked in a slightly faster barrel change option.

      I’d be into that for sure.

  • Edeco

    Come on 7mm Rem Mag, 28″ hose, no muzzle device. Solid or ventilated tube just a bipod mount, no other accessory ports. Also make that cheek pad on the stock bigger… actually nevermind, outside chance I get one I’mm’a just put an A2 on there, maintain consistency with my modern assaulting rifle.

  • marathag

    Since when did .243 get the rep for being a barrel burner?

    • Porty1119

      It’s always had that reputation, as far as I know.

      • marathag

        I’ve been shooting then since the ’70s. It’s no .220 swift. When did 1500+ rounds before accuracy suffers make a high power a barrel burner? It’s been great for prairie dogs

        • Porty1119

          1500? For someone who shoots mostly shotguns, .45s, and low-pressure levergun cartridges with cast lead bullets, 1500 rounds before degradation is a hell of a barrel burner. I shoot my rifles for $4-5/box, so I go through quite a bit of ammunition. Lead bullets at low velocities and pressures do not wear barrels appreciably.

          • marathag

            You need to start firing 3500fps+ .25 caliber cartridges.
            Yeah, barrels go out sooner than a .45-70 at trapdoor velocities.

            Flat shooting has its costs, but no rainbow like trajectories, either.

          • Porty1119

            I where I live and shoot, shots longer than a hundred yards are fairly uncommon. I have no desire or need to shoot hypervelocity cartridges at this juncture, and rainbow trajectories are fun to work with when shooting at longer ranges.

          • marathag

            At 150 yards, 45-70 drops around 8 inches with a 100 zero, 2″ high at 50
            With a 200 yard zero, 243 drops 8″ at around 350. it’a around 3/4″ high at 100
            A .243 is ‘Minute of Prairie Dog’ out to 300. I really don’t have to worry about range errors for most of my dog hunting.
            I have to think harder with a 45-70 for PD sized targets at typical dog town ranges.
            Don’t get me wrong, I love the couple 45-70s I have.
            Just high velocity cartridges did replace it for real reasons in 1895

    • Anonymoose

      Since people actually started shooting it at long-range non-biological targets on a regular basis instead of just shooting it at deer once or twice a year?

      • marathag

        You mean, like prairie dogs?
        Wasn’t burning out barrels in the ’70s like I did with the 220s I used first

    • jonp

      Since long range with it started to become a standard useage. Same with the 25-06. Both excellent but neither have the barrel life

  • Bill

    .300 Win Mag would drill into the LE precision market where it’s really popular. The .338 Lapua is arguably a better round, but wont be more common until the cost comes down. They are both literally overkill, but needed for barrier penetration at the very least.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      They’ll do a long action, and it’ll be in 300wm and 300 norma.

      For everything you can say about the firearm’s industry, at least Ruger is paying attention to what people actually-want and not just what they say they want.

  • Amanofdragons

    It’s not like this rifle is easy to acquire already with only 2 current calibers.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’m not complaining that it’s been popular. Would you rather have this or the Savage attempt at this… Because I promise you can buy the Savage or Mossberg all day long…

  • gordon

    I’d buy a left hand .300 RCM (or any short .30 magnum) version. Maybe even a left hand .338 Lapua, but that is getting expensive and a bit too exciting.

  • Joshua Knott

    .260REM please for the love of God, I love Hornady and Creedmoor,but for real give us 260

    • Shaun Connery Oliver II

      Agreed. I am absolutely burnt out on the 6.5 Creedmoor!

      • Joshua Knott

        They marketed well I will say that haha , Remington screwed themselves by not making their rifles with the correct twist rate ,I believe they were 1/9.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        “burnt out” on the round that won huh? It’s over, .260 isn’t going to make a comeback. 6.5cm won because actual shooters spec’ed it out. Lapua is making brass for it now, so 6.5×47 is dead, and 260 while nice that it works off of 308 brass just didn’t take off the same way.

        It’s always been a feature that if you own a 6.5cm you can go get legit ammo from Hornady and it’ll always shoot well. 260 never had that, it had some garbage Remington ammo and special boxes that may or may not be at your store.

        For whatever reason you believe, that’s fine. But 6.5cm won.

        • Shaun Connery Oliver II

          What I am saying is that I see it EVERYWHERE! Yes, I get that it is popular for competition circuts, even hunting. But Todd Hodnett, who has a lot of know how in an area like this says (and I too say the same)is that there is a good reason why the. 260 Remington is used by Special Forces, including 1st SFOD-D, instead of the 6.5 Creedmoor is because there is a little less drop at a thousand yards or at a mile than the 6.5 Creedmoor. I would have asked SAAMI to toss the .260 out for good, but there’s a good reason why it’s still available in the market today. I am sorry for offending you, I should have specified.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            That’s 100% BS for “drop at 1000″… and here is some truth special forces guys aren’t using either 260 or 6.5cm esp at those distances.

            You posted really bad gun shop talk.

          • Gunnit Live

            This is entirely silly. The .260 got screwed by remington. Tis dead. It never got traction until 6.5 CM showed up and brought 6.5 back to light.

            Now I find it hilarious that you don’t like it because you see it everywhere? Want the special snowflake status? Go .219 Donaldson Wasp.

          • maodeedee

            There’s a reason you see it everywhere. It WORKS. What’s wrong with that?

      • maodeedee

        Have you ever tried shooting one? First hand knowledge might just change your mind.

    • jonp

      I’d take one

  • Vet for Trump

    Out of my price range. $500, *MAYBE*, $600 is my limit for a rifle. Without optics.

  • Anonymoose

    They should put a lifetime warranty on the barrel. :^)

  • Gary Kirk

    50 BMG please…

  • As a lefty, i want a left handed version. I can shoot perfectly fine with a right hand rifle but why should I?

    300 Norma Magnum would be good, or at the least a bolt face that can handle it and i will do the rest.

  • jon spencer

    .22 LR. please.

  • Devil_Doc

    Think about it logically. People aren’t buying these to lug them around in the woods, they want long range precision target shooting. 7mm-08 would seem to be a nice companion to 6.5 CM and .308, but it seems like lighter calibers/bullets (.243) didn’t sell well. If you’re staying in the 2.75 OAL, and are only interested in range shooting, super short magnums seem like an interesting direction to travel. 300 wssm? 300 WM is a logical choice, as is 338 LM. But if you’re going to step up to the longer case, why not sell a .30-06 rather than getting really exotic ? And as long as you’re getting into that magical OAL of around 3.3, you can start thinking about rounds like 280 Rem or 7mm Mag. Ruger Precision in 7mm Mag or 300 WM? Sign me up.. Or, how about a 280 Rem Ackley Improved? 🙂

  • Julio

    I’m not sure that simply extending the range of calibres available, or even offering actions in different lengths, or even a left-hand option, would define such rifles as “Next Generation”. To my mind there would have to be significant changes of a mechanical and/or ergonomic kind that were applied to all models.

  • A Fascist Corgi

    If you want a similar rifle that’s chambered in .338 Lapua Magnum, then you should look at the 110 BA Stealth from Savage.

  • Drew Coleman

    I want to see a RPR in 223 with a 1:7 or 1:8 barrel, 20 inches and threaded please.

  • The RPR doesn’t exist. I’ve been trying to see one and feel how it handles since they came out and there has never been one where I live. It’s all an elaborate marketing hoax.

    This isn’t the middle of nowhere, it’s a city of about 100,000, less than 100 miles from a city you’d know by name. We have a pretty good population of shooters. The only way to see a Ruger Precision Rifle is to special order it. Which I’m not going to do until I can shoulder one and see how the ergonomics work for me.

    • Paul White

      I’m in a city of about 200k and our local Academy *always* has a RPR in 308 on the shelf and I think I’ve seen a 6.5 Creedmore as well there.

  • mazkact

    6.5×55 would be my choice. 6.5 Swedish Mauser was 6.5 Creedmore before it was cool like 1894 cool. I love my Swedish Mausers but I do load on the mild side for them as mine are all over one hundred years old. In a “modern” rifle I would not be scared to get all the good from the cartridge. I never will be able to understand why the ole Swede round never really caught on here in the US.

  • Hammer Click

    How about a version that has at least a 27″ barrel, and a mag up to todays technology standards capable of handling the ultra long BC superior .30cal’s……oh wait Im suppose to be impressed with the inferior 6.5 BC offerings….cmon already

  • jonp

    I’d buy a 6.5 Swede in a millisecond. The rest….pfttt…243 is a great round and accurate as all get out but for the price of the rifle I’d be concerned with barrel life.

  • Benjamin Goldstein

    How about a 375 Cheytac?

  • DChrls

    I emailed Ruger about a left hand version and they said, No.
    I’d like to see it offered in 7-08.

  • criterionbarrels

    A .338 Lapua Magnum RPR would require a complete redesign to the receiver and barrel nut design, since the shank OD is insufficient to accommodate the chamber pressures and large case diameter of that particular cartridge.

    That said, it would be nice to see a variety of different bolt face configurations offered by Ruger to accommodate different cartridge options, rather than limiting cartridge selection to those with a .473 diameter case head.