Ruger Precision Rifle Discussion

I ran the gambit from 95 gr all the way up, Sierra, Hornady, Berger, etc....
I got the best (most consistent) results with the Hornady 140 and 143 ELD series with H4350 and RL17 powders. The 143 ELD-X is what I settled on, because I use the rifle for hunting and long range target. The ELD-X is an excellent hunting round. I have consistently hit targets out to 1,000 yards and with 3 or 4 shots manage to tag the 3" pancake at 1,000 yards in calm winds.
These rifles, like all rifles, will let you know what they like best, don't hold back trying different weights, brands and powders, no two rifles are the same.
Griz
 
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I ran the gambit from 95 gr all the way up, Sierra, Hornady, Berger, etc....
I got the best (most consistent) results with the Hornady 140 and 143 ELD series with H4350 and RL17 powders. The 143 ELD-X is what I settled on, because I use the rifle for hunting and long range target. The ELD-X is an excellent hunting round. I have consistently hit targets out to 1,000 yards and with 3 or 4 shots manage to tag the 3" pancake at 1,000 yards in calm winds.
These rifles, like all rifles, will let you know what they like best, don't hold back trying different weights, brands and powders, no two rifles are the same.
Griz
I’m not holding hostage at the 130s but I like what Frank was saying on the 6.5CM and going lighter on bullet weight and like to give it a try from the start. Probably start with breaking the gun in with either the 130 Berger hybrid Federal GMM or the 140 Hornady Match ELD whichever it likes the best. Still up in the air on if I wanna run handloads with Lapua brass or just load with the brass I break the gun in with.
 
I’m not holding hostage at the 130s but I like what Frank was saying on the 6.5CM and going lighter on bullet weight and like to give it a try from the start. Probably start with breaking the gun in with either the 130 Berger hybrid Federal GMM or the 140 Hornady Match ELD whichever it likes the best. Still up in the air on if I wanna run handloads with Lapua brass or just load with the brass I break the gun in with.
I bought a batch of brass from Sttarline brass and it has been an outstanding performer. and a lot cheaper than lapua. think about giving them a try.
 
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I've burnt out my Gen 1 243 (loved that thing) so it's about time to look into aftermarket barrels. Deep down I feel safe going with a proof SS barrel and they aren't a bad price but I really like the idea Frank's been putting forward lately of running fast 130gr 6.5 bullets out of a 20" gun. Makes sense as I like to shoot the odd coyote so transportation would be easy. The question is where to find said 20" barrel w/o going bankrupt over this budget gun. Brownells offers a 20" 6.5cm for $279 but that seems too good to be true but if it's any where near the quality of the factory barrel I wouldn't hesitate.

Now I'm going to read through this thread as best I can! Please share any thoughts or ideas you may have!
 
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I'm new to posting but I'm enjoying the new/old hide so much that I'm wanting to get more involved! So here it goes!

I've burnt out my Gen 1 243 (loved that thing) so it's about time to look into aftermarket barrels. Deep down I feel safe going with a proof SS barrel and they aren't a bad price but I really like the idea Frank's been putting forward lately of running fast 130gr 6.5 bullets out of a 20" gun. Makes sense as I like to shoot the odd coyote so transportation would be easy. The question is where to find said 20" barrel w/o going bankrupt over this budget gun. Brownells offers a 20" 6.5cm for $279 but that seems too good to be true but if it's any where near the quality of the factory barrel I wouldn't hesitate.

Now I'm going to read through this thread as best I can! Please share any thoughts or ideas you may have!
Dracos
 
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LongRangeLefty

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I got the best results from my rifle using Nosler CC brass. They also seemed to be the thinnest casing. So I don’t know if they formed better, or if there’s some sort of advantage that created with internal volume and pressure, or both, but they definitely gave me the most consistent results.
 
Thanks for the help all! Got my 5-25 FFP pst gen is mounted today. Ended up with a Warne scope mount. Can't wait for this cold to go away so I can go shoot it!
Post your target pics! Along with your final choice of bullets/brass/powder. Getting those first few rounds down the tube are the most fun, finding out what these rifles can do! IMHO, one of the best rifles for the money, and a real hoot to shoot!
Griz
 

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Thanks for the help all! Got my 5-25 FFP pst gen is mounted today. Ended up with a Warne scope mount. Can't wait for this cold to go away so I can go shoot it!
Nice. I swear by a Warne. Might not be a Vortex or AD, but great quality for the price. I’ve had mine for a couple years now, I’m not the most gentile with my rifle, and I’ve never had to touch it since I bought it.
 
Just got one in 308. Now need to scope. Looking at the Vortex 5-25 Gen II FPP PST. Looking for other scope suggestions and also mounts. Thanks in advance for the suggestions
You can't go wrong with any of those decisions. I have 2 of the Vortex scopes, one mounted with a Burris PEPR, the other with a Warne. Both are hardy and easy to mount/dismount and keep perfect POI. Have fun, you are going to like it (a lot)
 

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Just got my RPR
6.5CM with the Athlon Cronus BTR 4.5-29x56 MRAD in Seekins AR height rings. Changed out the grip and likely will change out the stock to a PRS. And also not a huge fan of the stock trigger due to the blade and over travel, so already eyeing the Timney. Can’t wait to get it out the range, I’ll follow up with shooting report. 65C5EEE4-E4FA-495F-9ACE-F2D864B1EC05.jpeg
 
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That’s my personal favorite in that price range. Maybe even check out the Gen 1 Razor if you can afford the extra. There are lots of great mounts out there. The optics forums have great info on all of them!
 

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I’ll join the picture club. I just got the scope mounted up. Using a Leupold MK2 base so I could still use my current rings. PRS stock and Tango Down grip. Will pick up a Timney eventaully and go from there! 0B0E0C5E-3472-4116-B7F5-633026FB417F.jpeg
 
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LongRangeLefty

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Just got one in 308. Now need to scope. Looking at the Vortex 5-25 Gen II FPP PST. Looking for other scope suggestions and also mounts. Thanks in advance for the suggestions
I have the .308 as well. Have about 2400 rounds through it and love it. For glass I went with a SWFA SS. An MRAD scope has been awesome.
 
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I'm currently waiting for a new Vortex Rzr HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 to mount atop my RPR in 6.5cm. I've decided on a Spuhr mount, I'm just hesitant to purchase the mount prior to having the scope. For fear that if Vortex takes their time, I won't be able to return the mount if needed for any reason. So I've narrowed it down to SP-4001 or SP-4002. I have the MI 18in rail on the rifle that has a continuous pic rail on the top. Any ideas on which will give me enough clearance between the objective lens and the pic rail to allow for covers, but still keep the lens closest to the top of the rail? Thanks!
 

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I'm currently waiting for a new Vortex Rzr HD Gen II 4.5-27x56 to mount atop my RPR in 6.5cm. I've decided on a Spuhr mount, I'm just hesitant to purchase the mount prior to having the scope. For fear that if Vortex takes their time, I won't be able to return the mount if needed for any reason. So I've narrowed it down to SP-4001 or SP-4002. I have the MI 18in rail on the rifle that has a continuous pic rail on the top. Any ideas on which will give me enough clearance between the objective lens and the pic rail to allow for covers, but still keep the lens closest to the top of the rail? Thanks!
The 4002. I had the 20 MOA version of the 4001 on my 700 action 308 and it definitely wasn’t going to have enough room to clear a countinous rail.
 

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New new to precision rifle shooting. I just bought the SWFA SS HD 5-20x50. Gun store sales rep just sent him a RPR 6.5 Creedmoor for me. Waiting on that to arrive. Needing some clarification on accessories.

Plan on buying by end of week! Thoughts?
•Atlas Bipod BT46-LW17 PSR 4.75" - 9"
•Seekins Precision 30mm Tube 1.45" AR High 4 Cap Screw Scope Ring
•US Optics Swivel Anti-Cant Device
•Plano All Weather Tactical Gun Case, 42-Inch

Wondering what should be ammo type to start off with break in and zero scope?

Thanks!
 
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New new to precision rifle shooting. I just bought the SWFA SS HD 5-20x50. Gun store sales rep just sent him a RPR 6.5 Creedmoor for me. Waiting on that to arrive. Needing some clarification on accessories.

Plan on buying by end of week! Thoughts?
•Atlas Bipod BT46-LW17 PSR 4.75" - 9"
•Seekins Precision 30mm Tube 1.45" AR High 4 Cap Screw Scope Ring
•US Optics Swivel Anti-Cant Device
•Plano All Weather Tactical Gun Case, 42-Inch

Wondering what should be ammo type to start off with break in and zero scope?

Thanks!
plano case is too short unless you store it with stock folded. i recommend Hornady 140 ELD-M or Prime 130 OTM.
 

CV_Ag

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New new to precision rifle shooting. I just bought the SWFA SS HD 5-20x50. Gun store sales rep just sent him a RPR 6.5 Creedmoor for me. Waiting on that to arrive. Needing some clarification on accessories.

Plan on buying by end of week! Thoughts?
•Atlas Bipod BT46-LW17 PSR 4.75" - 9"
•Seekins Precision 30mm Tube 1.45" AR High 4 Cap Screw Scope Ring
•US Optics Swivel Anti-Cant Device
•Plano All Weather Tactical Gun Case, 42-Inch

Wondering what should be ammo type to start off with break in and zero scope?

Thanks!
Agree on the Prime 130s. Then if you plan on reloading you’ll have good brass to use.
 

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6.5CM with the Athlon Cronus BTR 4.5-29x56 MRAD in Seekins AR height rings. Changed out the grip and likely will change out the stock to a PRS. And also not a huge fan of the stock trigger due to the blade and over travel, so already eyeing the Timney. Can’t wait to get it out the range, I’ll follow up with shooting report. View attachment 6873507
I put a Timney in mine. Very smooth.
 
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LongRangeLefty

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You can store it in the Plano 42” folded but you have to remove the bolt and store it bolt side down so that it’s flat (unless you get a custom foam insert). I’d go with the double rifle case.
 
Anybody have any experience with the ruger “AI Styled” magazines in their RPR? Looks like they do 3,5, and 10 rounders.
Try the Magpul type "AC" They taper to a single file at the top and will not hold the bolt open after last shot. That makes single feeding a lot nicer and I have never had one fail to feed correctly like I have with the stagered presentation feed lips. They are available in 5,10 and 20 round models.
 
I use a large drag bag to tote my rifles around in. I very rarely just take one rifle out, so the twin compartment full length bag is nice. I can get my RPR and my extra long MPA BA chassis R700 with a tank brake and 26" barrel in the same bag. Large pockets hold a couple of options for bipods as well as magazines. When I take just the RPR, I use a short AR style tact bag and carry it folded. It's not a fine piece of delicate jewelry, they are very hardy rifles and go hunting for days in the mesquite and cedar we have here while being carried in conjunction with a full backpack.
TX GRIZ
 
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