New Ruger Precision Rifle in 5.56

Ruger Precision Rifle

Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced a new caliber in its Precision Rifle line. The new addition – the .223 Rem/5.56 NATO – brings the total number of cartridges in this rifle to four. The other cartridges are the .308 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor and the recently announced 6mm Creedmoor.

Ruger states the new gun uses a “Target chamber” that is a hybrid design to wring the maximum performance from both the .223 Rem and 5.56 NATO cartridges. This sounds a lot like the Wylde chamber, but there is no information on the precise chamber dimensions for Ruger’s Target chamber for a comparison of the two designs.

Ruger Precision Rifle

A 20″ medium contour barrel made of 4140 chrome-moly steel. It has a 1:7″ twist and 5R rifling. It is, of course, free floating. A Precision Rifle Hybrid Muzzle Brake is used to reduce recoil without a ridiculous increase of muzzle blast to your neighbors. A thread protector is included if you want to remove the stock muzzle device.

Additional features include:

  • user adjustable trigger (2.25 – 5.0 pounds)
  • adjustable, left folding stock
  • handguard with KeyMod attachment points

Ruger Precision Rifle

Ruger ships two 10-round, AI style magazines with the gun. According to the company, these magazines will reliably feed the longer bullets often used by long range shooters in this caliber. These guns are shipping now and carry a suggested retail price of $1,599.



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  • 22winmag

    It’s not the gun, it’s the operator.

    • Jared Vynn

      Sure but when you are trying to operate with a high point you will be wishing for a better gun.

      This isn’t a gun for operating anyways, this is a target/hunting rifle.

  • Patrick Karmel Shamsuddoha

    so will this accept ar15 mags ??

    • Jared Vynn

      No, it uses the accuracy international magazines.

  • ProLiberty82

    They went with proprietary magazines in stead of cheap and plentiful ar15 mags, lost my sale right there, also 1:7″ twist and at 10 lb this will suck for hunting. I was hoping they’d come out with something more optimized and lighter for 5.56 but it looks like my best bet is the Mossberg MVP LC now.

    • 22winmag

      Hunting??? Cheap and plentiful AR15 mags that don’t work with obnoxiously long Matchkings and VLDs???

    • James Earl Jones

      They’re using AI style mags which are pretty much the standard for bolt actions of this design. This rifle wasn’t designed to be a hunting rifle, it was designed for target shooting. There are already plenty of rifles out there optimized for hunting in .223.

    • Drew Coleman

      The reason they went with the AI mags is because they can be loaded with longer bullets for precision shooting. This isn’t a hunting gun, it’s a precision bolt gun to be used for shorter range than their other offerings or as a trainer for those.

      • Jared Vynn

        It can be a hunting gun though, you can hunt bigger game with those heavier bullets after all. You can handload close to 243 performance I would bet with a 90 gr.

    • iksnilol

      Of course people who know less than nothing about precision will whine about it not using AR mags and being “heavy”.

      • Jared Vynn

        At 10 lbs it is fairly heavy for the cartridge, but for the distances you can get out of it potentially I wouldn’t complain. And you are most likely going to be shooting it prone or on a bench/rest/table. I want to see one in 300 blk with a 16″ or shorter barrel though.

        • iksnilol

          If it truly is a precision rifle, that sucker is essentially featherweight.

          • Jared Vynn

            Precisely, and compared to a target/varmint ar15 from DPMS (20″ bull barrel) you are better off with the Ruger if you want distance and accuracy.

          • Gary Kirk

            My “precision” AR is around 11 lbs.. 10 ain’t so bad

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      AI mags are not proprietary and are extremely common in the bolt-action precision rifle world.

      The Ruger GSR uses AI mags as well, and Magpul currently makes AI’s.

  • gunsandrockets

    Uh, a 20 inch barrel is weirdly short for an application like this. But even stranger is using a muzzle brake on a .223 bolt action!

    • James Earl Jones

      I would have preferred a 24″ myself, but I guess they’re figuring that most target shooting with this rifle is going to fall between 100 and 300yds.

      • Jared Vynn

        The shorter lighter barrel is more conducive to hunting.

        • kipy

          I’ve got a Ruger American Ranch with a 16″ barrel and that seems to work just dandy for me. (I am no marksman tho)

          • Jared Vynn

            Good rifles, but they fill different niches. With the RPR you can use up to 90 gr bullets and hunt larger game than the RAR. I want a Ruger American Predator in 233 and another in 6.5 creedmoor for my precision and hunting needs personally.

      • iksnilol

        blaah, with the AI mags and barrel it has, you could realistically stretch it out to like 800-1000 meters, that is if you handload the real heavy bullets that usually have to be singleloaded.

        • Jared Vynn

          Using hornady’s ballistics calculator I’m getting roughly 1440ft/s (440m/s) at that distance (~800 meters/yards). Still supersonic and potentially lethal even. More I look into this the more I like it.

          • iksnilol

            Try it at 1000 meters. Wouldn’t surprise me if it still works.

          • Jared Vynn

            Over 1200ft/s (365 m/s) and still potentially lethal and accurate. Also still supersonic so it hasn’t suffered accuracy loss from going subsonic yet. It’s comparable to handguns for energy at that range, but that’s impressive for the range. Would be a great prairie dog and other varmint rifle.

        • James Earl Jones

          You are correct, sir.

  • Kyle

    I don’t know why but I want this.

    • Sherbie

      Because it’s Ruger! Many options in the further. Won’t be left behind.

  • EdgyTrumpet

    >precision rifle
    >5.56
    >proprietary magazine
    >bolt action
    >KeyMod
    WHY

    • Jared Vynn

      Not a proprietary magazine.

      Bolt action tends to go hand in hand with precision.

      • EdgyTrumpet

        I meant non STANAG, my bad.
        And I was surprised about the combination of those features, since its 5.56.

        • Jared Vynn

          Keep in mind it’s a precision rifle that has s range potentially out to 1,000 yards. If you look at my other comments you can see I crunched the numbers for the velocity with a stupid heavy (for 22 caliber) 90gr bullet.

          • rdsii64

            A 77 grain match king will get to 1000 yards point on and stable. a 20 inch barrel is long enough to get the required velocity. I’m not sure the new RPR in 223 has a fast enough barrel twist for 90 grain bullets. The 75 grain amax would do very well with this new set up.

    • iksnilol

      You’re a special breed of stupid, ain’t ya?

      AI mags have been around forever. And are needed in 5.56 so that you can launch the good bullets (5.83 grams) with good velocity.

      • ostiariusalpha

        AICS PMags are pretty affordable too.

        • Jared Vynn

          Do they make an AICS PMag in 223/5.56?

          • ostiariusalpha

            Hahaha! Herpa derp, they don’t.

          • Jared Vynn

            If there starts to be more demand for it they might.

          • ostiariusalpha

            One can hope.

          • rdsii64

            yes they do

      • EdgyTrumpet

        Whoa, so cold.

        • iksnilol

          Not really, it’s spring. So it is pretty warm and sunny outside.

    • Migo

      Exactly

  • Steve

    Pointless and a waste of money

  • JumpIf NotZero

    If they trimmed down the action for the smaller 556, I’d be considering one in with a barrel change in 300blk. I bet after the release the long action they do a smaller 556/300/x39

    • Jared Vynn

      They kept the action long so you could use the heavier 90gr bullets for long distance precision shooting.

      Even 300 blk can benefit though as you could shoot up to 210 gr VLD bullets and stay supersonic out to 600 yards with over 500 ft/lbs of energy. (~1600 ft/s muzzle velocity for a 16″).

    • iksnilol

      Eh, if you’re going to hobble yourself with a short action might as well get an AR-15 then.

      Because you’ve obviously missed the point of this rifle.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Except that I didn’t. The 223 actions still fit the long bullets. It’s the non-AI 223 magazines that have the issue.

        You can single feed 90gr 223 round all day into most 223 bolt actions. It’s twist and magazine size that make it rare.

  • Scott Wagner

    Eh, I’d wait until about generation 5 of this platform, since they *still* haven’t fixed the teething issues that cropped up when they rushed this to market.

    • Philip G Cathell

      teething?

      • Scott Wagner

        I’ve seen three different revisions of this gun all being sent back for identical issues. They rushed the gun to market before the design and/or manufacturing side of things was really finished. the prototypes from what I understand worked great. Production variants (even as of early this year) had a number of issues related to tolerance stacking and QC that should have been worked out in house, rather than relying on customers to find and report problems.

  • Kyle

    To much for a ruger american in a chassis……

    • Jared Vynn

      It isn’t a Ruger American in a chassis though. And at $400 for a base rifle, ~$600 for the chassis, $200 for the stock, $150 for the trigger, and $100 for the muzzle break you are around $1450 without shipping or tools to build a similar rifle using a Ruger American.

  • COAL

    What COAL is the mag? Can you atleast use 90grain’rs, etc?

  • HenryV

    I don’t know. Here in the UK it would cost as much as an OK straight pull AR. It makes senses in .308 etc. but not so much in 5.56.

    • COAL

      ? except that .308 has the same supersonic range as 5.56×45… , and max weight + long nose ogive 5.56 has really substantial G7 BC’s! More than some quite heavy .308’s With almost 1/3 the recoil and half the weight + much lighter Rifle.
      Standart 147grain .308 has a stupidly low BC for its weight of 0.2

      • HenryV

        Oh go on then you have persuaded me……….. 🙂

  • Bierstadt54

    I get .308, 6.5, and 6mm. All good choices. But what do you shoot at long range with 5.56 out of a bolt precision gun? Varmints, but wouldn’t you switch out to one of the intermediate calibers before you got to a really long range? And if you are shooting 5.56 wouldn’t you want a more compact or lighter gun? I am all for having options but I don’t know what this would be used for. Is there a 5.56 precision rifle format???

    • Jared Vynn

      You can use 90gr very low drag bullets and maintain supersonic velocity out past 1,000 yards. It is a precision format rifle in 5.56 that weighs about as much as an ar15 target rifle.

      • Bierstadt54

        Ah, okay.

  • Gary Kirk

    Been thinking about it.. Think this one may be geared towards the growing trend in some PRS circles of almost a three gun style run & gun type course. Where a lighter rifle, shorter barrel, lighter ammo load, and less recoil could be very beneficial.. But, there I go thinking again..

  • Malthrak

    Is…is there an actual demand or purpose for a 5.56 bolt action precision rifle?

    I mean, I generally like Ruger and their stuff, but this feels like hamfisting something into a role it wasnt intended for and isn’t fundamentally good at…just because.

    • want2racer

      5.56/.223 is one of the cheapest rounds to shot, having a bolt and semi auto would be a nice mix. I just wish this gun was at a cheaper price point I believe I have seen many good bolt action standard rifles at sub $600 price points that would make good target rifles . A gun doesn’t have to look military or Rambo to be fun.

  • Maxpwr

    Should sell some in Kalifornia (et. al) where you can’t have a semi-auto with a pistol grip, but a bolt action with a pistol grip is not harmful to women, children and minorities. Should have done AR-15 magazines in my opinion, but the more calibers the better.

  • Holdfast_II

    I’d be more interested in seeing .338 Lapua or .300 WinMag.

    5.56 feels like going the wrong direction.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    I always wanted an AR that’s missing its gas tube for $1400.

    I’m not actually against this, but .223/5.56 isn’t the precision target cartridge we’ve all been waiting to start shooting with. It’s the premier cartridge of “I know this isn’t very effective but I’m going to shoot at you thirty times and maybe enough will connect to get my point across.”

    I agree with Holdfast that a long action and long action magnum in a chassis like this would be desirable. Of course, they’d have to charge $3000 for it because profit margin but it’s not like I was rushing out to buy a Ruger Precision in 308 or Creedmor for $1400 when I can buy a bolt action in those chambers for $400 that nobody is buying yet anyway. I guess there are enough buyers out there who have to have their AR furniture.

    It also makes good sense for California, where they are literally stuck between jamming a stripper clip into the ejection port of their AR or this. Actually, Mossberg did it first with the MVP but they’re charging a $500 premium over a similar gun for the ability to use AR mags, while this is charging a $1000 premium for the ability to use AR mags and furniture.

    I’d like to see a bolt action AR upper receiver. No barrel, just the receiver and either a complete bolt or a bolt body that fits a standard AR bolt into it with a locking cam pin to hold it in place. I know they have straight-pull AR’s in the UK but that’s just a side charger with an extended handle. Make it for the AR-15 and LR-308, it’ll accept standard mags, and it’ll accept all furniture. Cheapest bolt action you ever bought, fits right on your AR lower.

    • JT303

      If you look at what we have in the UK, you’ll find that the ‘tactical’ crowd (as much as we have them here) use either semi-auto .22 or centrefire straight pull bolt actions. Almost all seem to be based on the AR platform, because that’s what we can’t get here. The straight pulls just have a barrel that isn’t drilled for a gas port and some put a large charging handle on the carrier and cut the upper accordingly. It’s like charging an AR every time you want to fire it, rather than a K31. Now, if you could persuade somebody like CAI to import them, I think that might be helpful to the people in CA, MA etc.

      The other little work around we have in the UK is the lever release. Ordinarily, it’s illegal to have a centrefire barrel that’s drilled for a gas port. The exception is for the lever release. On firing, the weapon half-cycles. It unlocks, extracts and ejects, but locks to the rear. You press a button on the side of the receiver and send the bolt back into battery. Like doing a reload every time you want to fire. Apparently people can be quite quick on them, but I myself have never handled one.

  • itsmefool

    So I didn’t see this cussed and discussed in any of the mostly inane comments here…any reason the RPR couldn’t be chambered in Ruger’s own .204? I know folks rave about that round for varmits, which ain’t exactly this gun’s purpose…

  • 300 wm

    2 things that are not interesting to me. It’s chambered in 223 and that folding stock. I would prefer a fixed adjustable like a Magpul PRS or a LuthAr instead of a side folder

  • Goody

    It’s nice that they included a muzzle brake, for those fast follow up shots.