5 Reasons Why The Ruger Precision Rifle Is Too Good

There is a ton of really great reasons to buy a Ruger Precision Rifle, but Patrick tends to think that the rifle might be too good. So good in fact that it could have possibly damaged the precision rifle market …. or did it?

Patrick talks about 5 reasons that the Ruger Precision Rifle has skewed our perception of what a bolt action rifle should be and what it should cost. Thanks Ruger for screwing us all up.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. 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.


  • maynardb

    What happens if you hit it on the back of the action with a mallet? HHhhhhmmmmm….?

    • NMhunter1371

      I refuse to buy any gun that hasn’t been drop test approved by the internet.

      • maynardb

        Make sense to me! Only an internet mob could out-stupid the institutional stupidity of a QA department.

        • NMhunter1371

          No plans on buying a 320…
          but I think it’s funny how much less people cared about The rem700 recall…
          and does anyone remember the series 70 1911…

          • Kelly Jackson

            Because the Model 700 recall was nonsense.

            Out of the 13 discharges in the law suit every single one of them was the result of a rifle in poor condition, modified beyond factory specs, or the person admitted they had their finger on the trigger.

          • NMhunter1371

            Or was it because no one made a “fancy” drop test video…

          • Kivaari

            Mostly people “tuned” the triggers themselves.

          • john huscio

            Moot point now. Remington has dug itself a hole it probably wont ever get out of through numerous quality control issues accross its product spectrum.

            That and the ruger american is a better rifle at a lower pricepoint.

    • d s

      If it’s my rifle you will get smacked in the back of the head with same mallet.

    • Just Say’n

      Forget that, start by wearing some eye pro Patrick! Come on man, you’re an example.

  • Bob

    can you say……recall

  • derfelcadarn

    Desperately missing Alex !

    • SP mclaughlin

      Go find his auto blog then.

      • Steve Rothaug

        Care to point us in that direction?

        • SP mclaughlin

          Never found out what it was.

          • Hoplopfheil

            I think it probably never happened.

  • rychastings

    nutnfancy disagrees

    • Tim

      Concur. I like Patrick’s work, but I’ve got much higher priority items on my list than a bolt precision rifle.

    • ExMachina1

      At length…

    • m-dasher

      people actually take Nutnfancy seriously?

      im sorry, but his 4 hrs long rants dont fit with my POU…….

      • Tim

        Yeah. It’s only the best, non-biased, free, firearm review available. A real bastard.

        • Paul Rain

          I’ve never fallen asleep watching Jeff Quinn review a gun. What’s the point in allegedly unbiased content if it’s just a long poorly laid out essay being read in a monotone?

          • gusto

            commercials you mean?

    • Martin T

      Curious what he doesnt like about it.
      I used to power through his videos but i can’t do it anymore… he is way to repetitive for me.

      • rychastings

        he basically said its not a 1 moa gun

        • Martin T

          Fair enough. While i can’t speak to his experience and honestly don’t care if anyone believes me… My RPR example is without a doubt a 1MOA gun with all Hornady 6.5 ammo MINUS American Whitetail… 129 grain I think?
          I know I’m not as credible as some guy with a huge YouTube channel though so take that review for what it is. Maybe he was shooting ammo that didn’t agree with his example. Also my groups tightened considerably around the 150 to 200 round count… by about .33 MOA.

          • Sergei

            The Nutnfancy review was of the .308 version which in other reviews showed average at best accuracy in .308.

        • Martin T

          One thing I will say though… when I was shopping for a 6.5 I was disappointed that the RPR doesn’t come with a MOA guarantee like the BERGARAs.

        • m-dasher

          because when i think precision rifle shooting….i think Airforce Reserves.

          ive personally seen the RPR shoot 1 MOA all day……just because nutter cant shoot doesnt mean its the guns fault

    • Martin T

      So I’ll be watching that video i guess… i am 1.30 in though and here are a couple quotes…
      “I really like it (Ruger RPR) actually.”
      “I think it’s a really good rifle.”
      “I am going to say some negative things about it though.”
      I’ll watch this long winded review where he talks about all kinds of other stuff other than the gun for 39 minutes.
      ETA… “we aren’t going to do a POI talking point on this that usually takes 10 minutes.” Lol. Thanks Nutn.

    • Sergei

      He reviewed the .308 version not 6.5. Also he complains that the RPR is heavy and the Mossberg MVP light is a better lighter option. Yet the MVP comes with fewer features and is missing the side folding precision stock the RPR comes with. Add a side folder and prs to the MVP and they weigh the same.

  • Keiichi

    It’s not just the RPR that’s facilitating precision at a lower price point. I put together a 3/4 MOA rifle for just about the same price, with a little shopping around, based on a Tikka T3x Lite. I put it in an MDT HS3 chassis, added a LuthAR adjustable stock, and a Vortex PST 4-16. Bear in mind now: that’s 3/4 MOA at 100 yards out of a .308 with a hunting profile barrel; I plan to rebarrel to a medium palma (or similar) 6.5 Creed sometime in the next few years, as I start my journey in the precision competition world. Can’t wait to see what that’ll be capable of.

    There are lots of ways to build a Rem 700 into a precision instrument, as well, and stay in that ballpark of price/performance ratio.

    • James Earl Jones

      I bought a Savage 12fv on .308 for 350 and stuck it in a xlr element chassis. Great shooting rifle for the price.

  • Martin T

    Got a gen2 rpr and can’t complain.
    Other options I was looking at in the price ranger were the Savage BA Stealth and the 2 Bergara rifles in the same price range.
    Came down to a gun store in town had a 6.5 when i was there and the rest is history.
    I’d say If the biggest single selling point is mag compatibility with sr25 and acis pattern.
    The folding stock helps it for into my way top packed safe as well.

  • Gary Kirk

    And see, I make a comment about the RPR yesterday.. People jump on me.. And I wasn’t saying anything bad about it.. Just that I’d like to see a stripped version sold at a lower price point.. But apparently, some people know about my precision rifle experience.. Or apparent lack thereof.. And I guess the game is too expensive for me..

    • DW

      And they were right to point out that you won’t be saving much at all. In fact I suspect you actually save more if you strip it and sell the parts you don’t want.

  • TunaPlusMayo

    Great to see “1 MOA or better” as the test that earns a long range precision rifle a glowing review. I believe it’s an excellent gun, but maybe you should take your time shooting out to it’s proper distances, rather than report how pleased you were with your 2nd mag at 100 yards.

  • TunaPlusMayo

    “it sucks that the mystique of shooting at 1000yards is gone”

    Well just set your bar for the magic number at 1500. There are no shortage of challenges in shooting. The number 1000 is just a numeral that seems special. We could just call it 3000ft.

    • Stuki Moi

      At some point, you’re really starting to make it tough for shooters in the locales where most Americans actually live…….

    • FarmerB

      Yeah, it still not that easy at 1000 yds for the uninitiated. You still need serious optics, somebody who knows the data and atmospherics, wind knowledge and a spotter. But it’s great that you can buy an almost off-the-shelf rifle to do it with.

      But to be fair, it’s 1000 (900m) where is starts to get hard…

  • john huscio

    Arent these under a recall?

    • Dave

      Yep, but its no big issue because they didn’t lose a contract to Glock so TFB doesn’t care.

    • Enzo Baldwin

      It’s a service bulletin for the safe queens that have less than 100 rounds and are getting light primer strikes.

  • Fast Forward

    It slowly becomes evident to the 5.56×45 ‘Fan Club,’ why it is overmatched by the newer intermediate calibres (.260, 6.5CM, 6.5x47L), in the wide open spaces.

    • Spencerhut

      Newer? 6.5×55 has been around over a hundred years and 6.5-08 was adopted officially by Remington as the .260 Rem in 1997. Some of us have been shooting various 6.5’s our entire lives and really get a kick out people discovering this “new” caliber.

      • Fast Forward

        We could probably add the AMU as a; ‘newish,’ addition to the club.

  • ABeiruty

    Hello! Welcome to 5-yrs ago. Have you heard about Tikka, or Sako? If Aluminium Chassis is your thing. MDT was providing a great option for any sub $700 rifle. Do you want a factory rifle with pistol grip and 5 lbs more of weight, how about Tikka Tac A1?

    • uisconfruzed

      Do you know of a good Sako 75 stock?

  • Concernedreader

    This review seriously puts the fab’s integrity under question

    There are other options out there for less price and less weight

    • Enzo Baldwin

      My LGS has these for 1200 out the door. If you’re shooting off a bench only and don’t have the proper tools to assemble your own action and barrel, there’s isn’t much out there that’s a cheaper starting point with a warranty.

      • Concernedreader

        500bucks for a tikka (few hundred more for a thicker barret)
        500bucks for a chassi (and you dont need a chassi either really
        You certsainly dont need to swap the barret

        And you get a much better Bolt, smooth as butter

        • Enzo Baldwin

          Using the cheapest LSS chassis and Magpul parts I managed to get down to 1070 if the chassis ships free. It’s for the person who doesn’t change their oil is what I’m saying. It’s as accessible a rifle as dropping your car off at the dealership. That Ruger has done that is pretty cool I think. Sure I can buy a Rem 700 action about 460, a krieger barrel 350 more, and Greyboe composite for 350. And while I’m fine tuning all that to work some guy will be happily plinking at the range.

        • fintroll

          Yes I am surprised this does not come up more often. The Rugers bolt feels like there is sand in the action. It is very very gritty, tried to different rifles in two different countries and they both suffered from it. Since the Tikka t3x tac a1 goes for the same price here I choose the Tikka.

    • Marcus D.

      The prior model Savage chassis rifle is selling for under $900, and although it is an ugly beast, it is probably a better rifle than the RPR.

  • hacedeca

    So, the “factory ammo” from the beginning of the video is “match grade ammo” in the end?

    But I looked it up: quite cheap, even as match grade!

    • Sergei

      When did he say those were the same things? He said what he shot in the beginning was factory and then goes on to say you can get match grade ammo from brick and mortar stores. What’s wrong with that?

  • hacedeca

    I thought about it: The 6,5mm Creedmoor is for precision rifles, what the caliber .22 is for handguns… – well, nah!

  • Will P.

    I don’t really think the RPR has hurt the precision rifle market for other companies, if anything it’s helped it. The people that are going to go out and buy a $3k+ precision rifle are still going to buy one, and now you’ve opened the market for shooters that might not have before but after they purchase a RPR want more. It also opens up the market for shooters like myself who have drooled over custom long range rifles all my life but can’t afford to own a rifle that’s worth more than my truck. It’s something to get your feet wet with, and enter into a hobby that you can wreck your paycheck with.

  • uisconfruzed

    Former, in my 7-08 the lead is so long that in order to get 0.010″ off the lands, my handloads are 1/4″+ longer than factory loads and their isn’t much brass holding them. I’m thinking of installing a 6.5CM barrel to hang a can off of. Thanks

    • Dougscamo

      Which bullet are you using? Berger VLD?

      • uisconfruzed

        That’s one of them, also Sierra HPBT 140g & Gameking.

  • Dan

    I wouldn’t really call a bolt action a rambo rifle but whatever.

  • Da

    The RPR isn’t hurting the precision rifle market any more than the Mazda Miata hurt the sports car marker. It’s entry level. You buy a RPR when you’re learning or just don’t want to put in all the extra time, effort money into precision shooting. Its like buying “match” ammo. It’s good but not great. A gun that someone can show off to friends as their “sniper rifle” No surprise that Patrick thinks it has an impact.

  • FarmerB

    Why do you need an RPR when, on the Internet, any $499 AR will shoot steel-cased ammo to 1/2 MOA all day long (as long as I do my part)?