Ruger Precision Rifle In 6.5 Creedmoor

In 2015 Ruger turned the shooting world on its head with the introduction of the Ruger Precision Rifle. Since then they have introduced it in some really great calibers like 6.5 Creedmoor. In this episode of TFB TV, Patrick takes the Ruger Precision Rifle out to the range and really stretches its legs. At 1200 yards, the 6.5 Creedmoor makes shooting distance much easier than it has ever been before. With a 24″ barrel and a 1:8 twist to the rifling, the Precision Rifle stabilizes a wide range of bullets. The RPR has some wonderful features normally reserved for some rather high-end rifles, and it is kinda cool that they are available to the public at an attainable price.

Patrick wants to extend his thanks to Ryan E. for the use of the land as well as Robert from Alamo Precision Rifles for spotting for us.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Co-Director for TFBTV. He is a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially overly modified plastic handguns, precision rifles, and AR based things. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • ExMachina1

    Man. I so want a long range rifle setup. Only thing holding me back is the lack of shooting opportunities here in the east. Closest “long”-range ranges are 100-200yds max.

  • KiwiGuy

    Hmm, toying between this and the Howa HCR …… Another Howa I have shoots like a dream.

    • BravoSeven

      I’m really interested in Howa rifles. Which Howa do you own now? And, if you have the time, would you expand on the “shoots like a dream” comment? Bolt action rifles are almost completely foreign to me but I’m thinking about purchasing a Howa.

      • KiwiGuy

        Own a Howa 1500 in 223, shoots Nosler 55gr BT and 55gr VMax exceptionally well out to decent distances (400m+) on rabbits. Haven’t had any issues with it, and isn’t too heavy for lugging around the hills.

        Good trigger, it was one of those purchases that at the time I went “yeah it’s ok” to now “holy cowl” 🙂

      • Aerindel Prime

        I have a 1500 in .308. Installed a detachable mag kit. Love that gun. Its my hunting rifle and just all around fun gun.

  • 22winmag

    Turned the shooting world on it’s head?

    That’s a a little overboard don’t you think?

    • FarmerB

      Well maybe. But I have to say that a number of LR people here have bought themselves an RPR. But expand that to the people who are now buying any sort of 6.5 is amazing. Just try getting dies for any of those calibres.

      • ExMachina1

        A quick glance at MidwayUSA shows plenty of 6.5 dies in stock.

        • FarmerB

          Thanks, although I don’t live in the USA.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Nope. It was the gun that breathed life into long range shooting.

      • FarmerB

        …and made it a lot more accessible.

      • Dan

        Yeah good thing the RPR came out nothing like this ever existed before.

        • RocketScientist

          Off the shelf (ie, no custom build/assembly work needed) and at that price? I’m assuming you were being sarcastic, but youre not too far off the mark there.

  • Kevin Craig

    You might not want to abbreviate Creedmore as “CM”, because 6.5 cm is a much larger caliber. 😉

    • Macht

      Well, the real reason you shouldn’t abbreviate 6.5 Creedmoor as 6.5 CM is because 6.5 CM actually stands for 6.5 Competition Match, which is another cartridge entirely.

  • nonobaddog

    I think he just chambered most of his magazine follower by pounding on the bolt like that.

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Little more prep on the opening maybe. You look like you got thrown in front of the camera with no warning. Yanking the gun around by the glass and turning the adjustment knob doesn’t seem relaxed. Also breaking a follower by demonstrating that the bolt won’t close on it could be presented as a plus, that you won’t accidentally cycle the bolt closed with no round. I, for one, would only buy AR-10 if I owned this rifle because of the price. Even Magpul AICS mags are expensive compared to them.

    I really want to know if this gun has a barrel nut. That’s what’s keeping me from being interested. Or can I buy stripped upper receivers? It should be cake to headspace different uppers to the one factory bolt that comes with the base rifle if it has a Savage-style lock nut. Not as interested if it’s not as modular as an AR, since they are obviously going for the AR crowd with the design.

  • Marcus D.

    Why does it matter so much if it is keymod or M-Lok? It isn’t like you are going to hang anything off of it except a bipod, right?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Bipod, sling, tripod mount,

      • Marcus D.

        A sling?!? this isn’t exactly a hunting rifle. I think it weighs in north of 12 lbs. Not something you lug around on a sling. and once you have your mount mounted, you’re done, so what does it matter what type of mount it is?

        • Aerindel Prime

          I hunt with a Howa 1500…it weighs 13lbs….sling, bi-pod and vertical grip.

          • The_Champ

            Wow, that is a lot of weight. What sort of hunting are you doing?

            I’ve got about 7.5 lbs of Steyr Prohunter, plus another pound of optics and sling.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          It’s easy to tell who uses their rifles for range only use.

          Yes, sling.

          • Marcus D.

            Maybe that is because this was designed as a precision target rifle, not a hunting rifle. Maybe if you are used to humping an M249 the weight isn’t so much, but for the rest of us there are plenty of hunting rifles in 6.5 Creedmoor that weigh substantially less.

    • E Wolfe

      The problem I encountered with the Keymod system is that not all of the folks who mfg the nuts, supplied with their accessories, supply precision made fasteners. My RPR’s fasteners for the small pic rail, which came with the rifle, gave me absolute fits trying to add that rail to both the OEM fore-end and again with the fore-end I replaced the original with. Real aggravation. M-Lok, IMO, is a no-brainer in comparison. If for any reason an M-Lok fastener were out of spec, a quick touch up with a Dremel would fix it. Maybe I’m inept, but it shouldn’t take an hour or more with a magnifying glass to figure out why my rail and bi-pod will not lock up to the fore-end, with Keymod fasteners. They had too much material on them, preventing them from properly, fully seating when tightened. As soon as pressure was put on the bi-pod, the rail would rock sideways. End of rant.

  • Aerindel Prime

    So what is the advantage of an oddball like 6.5 instead of something more common like .308?

    • marathag

      Or the 243, that they seem not to chamber anymore

    • M1911

      6.5 has far better ballistics than .308. Below 500 yards you won’t see much difference. But when reaching out to 1000 yards, the 6.5 Creedmore shoots flatter and is less effected by wind.

    • Hank Seiter

      I love my .308 Ruger Precision Rifle because it is a consistent 1/2 MOA performer. But what I’ve been hearing from long-range competitors and seeing in the ballistic tables is the 6.5 Creedmore is a ballistically superior round with essentially the same “knockdown” power as the .308, especially beyond 700 yards. It shoots flatter, stays supersonic longer, less wind drift, is inherently more accurate and significantly lighter recoiling.

      I hear once you go 6.5 Creedmore you don’t go back (to .308). With soft-point bullets it’s a very lethal hunting round despite being 6.5 mm especially at ranges beyond 300 yards.

      • E Wolfe

        6.5 Creedmore loads tend to erode the throat of your barrel, losing long distant precision accuracy around 2,500 to 3,000 rounds. Other than being more expensive to shoot than the .308, and having a shorter barrel life, it is an exceptional round. These are reported results and conclusions of many owners. YMMV

  • valorius

    Turned the shooting world on it’s head? With a rifle i’ve never even seen in a local gun store?

  • Dan

    Just here to point out no eye protection while shooting.

  • Randy A Ambs

    In the video, what brand / manufacturer of suppressor were you using?