Ruger Precision Rifle

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receiver[1]So, a day out on the range with the brand new Ruger Precision Rifle; ours was chambered in .308win. The day started off with a 100 yd sight in and then we went to the 300 yd range for a little bit of accuracy testing and to check if getting MOA accuracy was possible. First, a little about the gun.

The design of the rifle is well thought out. From the ability to use a lot of AR parts on the rifle, like the hand guard, grip, stock, and safety switch, to the built-in 20 MOA rail and the multi magazine capable mag well. We used PMags and M1A magazines when we tried it out; both ran just fine. The stock is a very well designed, though a little complicated if you’re used to a standard Monte Carlo or A2 stock. The trigger was a good trigger for a stock rifle and was much like a Savage Accu trigger, no complaints there. The stock with a little looking and thinking is easy to figure out though; looks harder to set up than it actually is. I’ve said before and will again, this rifle is over engineered in the best ways.

Now, as far as accuracy goes, I honestly wasn’t expecting anything great, but I wasn’t expecting anything horrible either. I figured it would shoot with the same accuracy and consistency as one would expect a decently priced rifle to. It was right where I thought it would’ve been. There was nothing spectacular about the shooting of the rifle, but there was nothing wrong with it either. It consistently shot MOA groups provided you used an ammunition that the rifle was compatible with. The trick was finding which grain and style was shot best from the rifle, but when that was found it shot MOA all day long. With a cartridge the rifle didn’t like it was more like a 2-2.5 MOA, but that’s to be expected with any rifle, really.

As far as things that I would change there are a couple. I really wish something touted as a precision rifle would come with a longer barrel. The .308 only comes with a 20″ barrel and I found that to be pretty stupid. Even though I would swear I saw advertisements back before the product was launched that said the .308 would have a 24″ barrel, who knows; either I’m crazy or they changed some shit. Either way it should have at least a 24″ barrel if they want to tout it as a precision rifle. Hell the 6.5 and the .243 have a 24″ and 26″ barrels respectively. The other thing I would change is putting a better barrel on it. The barrel is a 4140 CMV hammer forged and if I’m going to do precision shooting I want a SS option or  4150 CMV barrel. Also, give me either button pulled or cut rifling if we’re going for precision.

About The Author

Jeremy

Jeremy grew up in a small farm town in Ohio He started shooting at 8 yrs old with a lever action Marlin Gold Trigger. He spent four Years USMC and was awarded the company high shot. He also spent five years riding bulls, and worked several years as a security agent for a heavy metal band. Jeremy is also a NRA pistol instructor. You can also find Jeremy on his website at www.riversedgetactical.net

9 Comments

  1. Jabari Hunt

    A longer barrel won’t make it more accurate (I really wish that myth would go away and die somewhere).

    Your second comment on that subject is spot on though, it should have a BETTER barrel since they labeled it a precision rifle.

    BTW – Barrel length does affect HOW a bullet performs when it reaches its target since there is a direct correlation between barrel length and bullet velocity.

    • Jeremy Pozderac

      Not a longer barrel for “better accuracy” but I can use a longer bullet to develop high pressures and thus a longer distance before the round destabilizes.

      • Jabari Hunt

        I was replying to the comment in your article that stated, “…it should have at least a 24″ barrel if they want to tout it as a precision rifle.”

        That comment implies that if it had a longer barrel it would have more precision (be more accurate). Barrel length and accuracy have no correlation to one another. This myth started because firearms with longer barrels have a longer sight radius, thus giving the impression that it is more accurate…but that simply isn’t true.

        That same rifle in 20″ is just as accurate as it would be in 24″. It will have better ballistic performance from the 24″ barrel due to an increased velocity, but it will group just the same.

        • Jeremy Pozderac

          Really?!?!?! I had no idea!!!! No shit dude, I’m well aware.

          • Jabari Hunt

            Your article states one thing, but your (sarcastic) comment states you are “well aware” that the exact opposite is true. It can’t be both ways.

            By the way…if someone posts a comment that second guesses a statement in your article, either stand behind your statement and educate them on the subject or post a correction. I was in no way rude or sarcastic to you, not sure why you’d not extend the same to a reader of your blog.

          • Jeremy Pozderac

            I never stated that I wanted a longer barrel for better accuracy. What I said was if you’re going to call it a “precision rifle” it should have a longer barrel. My meaning behind it was for better ballistics which I made clear in the first response to your statement. Then you doubled down on assuming I was speaking of accuracy, That was when I got sarcastic because you didn’t read words. Glad I got your attention now though. Though you may not have been sarcastic you had condescension coming through the computer screen. To which I can not abide.

          • Jabari Hunt

            I didn’t assume anything, I read your words (both in the article and comments) exactly as you wrote them. Precision is based of the word precise, which is as acronym for accurate. They are one in the same. Look at all off the precision rifle classes and clubs in existence. They all focus of accuracy at long ranges…precision.

            At any rate, I wasn’t being condescending. I was very matter of factual. If you took it that way it wasn’t my intention.

          • Jeremy Pozderac

            You assumed I meant accuracy, I did not. A “precision rifle” to me doesn’t include a 50 yd small bore rifle meant to be made for precise shooting. I was referring to long range distances being compromised due to the lack of ability to build adequate pressures due to short barrel lengths. Short barrel lengths which would cause a lack of ability to reach a farther target with a stable bullet, thus making it less precise because it didn’t have the ability to stay stable longer from the lack of velocity.

          • Jabari Hunt

            Again…that wasn’t an assumption. YOU referenced the word precision (which DOES mean accuracy)!

            Now you are equating range to precision, which again, is not accurate (see what I did there).

            More pressure means greater RANGE. That doesn’t mean the bullet will be more precise when it reaches that range. I can throw a small rock farther than a brick, that doesn’t mean I’ll be more precise at hitting a target with the rock.

            A precision rifle doesn’t mean it can shoot far. It means it can shoot accurately out to the max effective range of the cartridge it is chambered for.

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