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.
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 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.