Ruger Precision Rifle Discussion

Xandrosi

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Welcome!! If you loosen up the screws that hold the handguard on and try to tighten them down evenly you might straighten it out. At least mine did, but no big deal if it doesn’t make much a difference. Yea some people say the brakes were hard to take off but just a bit of pressure from an end wrench was enough to loosen the nut on my rifle and then the brake spun right off (or spun easy for alignment in your case). My 6.5CM RPR shot 140 ELD Hornady Match ammo very well from round one for me if you havnt picked up any ammo first.
As the styrofoam box liner came apart in transit, I went ahead and pulled the screws, learning that they weren't evenly tightened at the factory. Looking forward to cleaning this beast end-to-end.

Need to buy a case suitable for flying. Going to search the treads for any related comments, but would appreciate a recommendation.
 
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As the styrofoam box liner came apart in transit, I went ahead and pulled the screws, learning that they weren't evenly tightened at the factory. Looking forward to cleaning this beast end-to-end.

Need to buy a case suitable for flying. Going to search the treads for any related comments, but would appreciate a recommendation.
If you have a Sam's club they have a 48" pelican knockoff for $69 works great for mine
 
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Xandrosi

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Curious if people are using Magpul LR 20 magazines? It's SR25/M110 in design, so should work. Saw a YouTube by 8541 Tactical who said they'd run fine in an RPR. Even if they'll run, do they extend so far down that it would be below the grip?
 
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Lots of folks here have talked about polishing the RPR bolt to get rid of the zipper like feel/sound many Rugers exhibit when running the bolt. Can someone who has successfully accomplished this please post a picture clearly showing what areas, on rifle and/or bolt, were polished to make the bolt run smoother? Thanks!
 
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Curious if people are using Magpul LR 20 magazines? It's SR25/M110 in design, so should work. Saw a YouTube by 8541 Tactical who said they'd run fine in an RPR. Even if they'll run, do they extend so far down that it would be below the grip?
This is with the LR20. It runs just fine;but is long for sure
 

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Xandrosi

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Lots of folks here have talked about polishing the RPR bolt to get rid of the zipper like feel/sound many Rugers exhibit when running the bolt. Can someone who has successfully accomplished this please post a picture clearly showing what areas, on rifle and/or bolt, were polished to make the bolt run smoother? Thanks!
Also interested in if there's some light polishing that will smooth this out? On all of my guns, I've used a Dremil with Mother's Polish to smooth the action. Alternately, found this YouTube that should certainly work to marry the surfaces. Not sure I'd actually close the bolt as this would wear the lugs. Running it back and forth should work though.
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For smoothing up the bolt, I just used some very fine grit wet sandpaper. It did a really good job. My action is very smooth now. I didn't touch the inside of the action.

Regarding the JB bore paste video...I would have removed the trigger and cleaned out the action a lot more than what that guy did. Not sure I would want JB bore paste getting down into my trigger.
 

Xandrosi

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For smoothing up the bolt, I just used some very fine grit wet sandpaper. It did a really good job. My action is very smooth now. I didn't touch the inside of the action.

Regarding the JB bore paste video...I would have removed the trigger and cleaned out the action a lot more than what that guy did. Not sure I would want JB bore paste getting down into my trigger.
As I watched that video the first time, I was also thinking about the abrasive mess inside the receiver, particularly the lug area and trigger.

Looking at the video, the machining lines inside the receiver seem to be what's causing the contact that makes that zipping sound. Just looked at my new bolt and it's smooth. I found it interesting that literally after running my bolt back and forth only 10 times, I had immediate wear on only the front edged corners and nothing at all on the side of the bolt. Clearly, this tells me where I have to be careful with lubrication. I'm guessing that these corners are also the only points contacting the machining lines.

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Lots of folks here have talked about polishing the RPR bolt to get rid of the zipper like feel/sound many Rugers exhibit when running the bolt. Can someone who has successfully accomplished this please post a picture clearly showing what areas, on rifle and/or bolt, were polished to make the bolt run smoother? Thanks!
Don’t polish the bolt. I asked the same question on accurateshooter blog. All benchrest guys. “Scientists”. Lol. They told me to polish “clean up the bolt raceways, Not the bolt. Anywhere the bolt makes contact on the inside of the rifle in the upper receiver back to the stock. I knocked down all the high spots with fine grit wet sanding. Was worried it would hurt accuracy, but it did not, Worked fantastic. In combination with the heavier Anarchy outdoors bolt shroud, it is smooth and quiet. Also had my bolt fluted, But I don’t know if that played a role in removing the zipper. It may have helped. Also
 

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I have a question for the rpr guys. Is Timney and Jard the only ones making triggers still for the rpr? I like the Timney, with the straight bow. But I still wish it was lighter. I know nothing about the jard, tho they do make an 8oz. I wish geissele or jewel would make something. I don’t understand why they don’t, They would sell a ton of them.
 

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I have the Magpul PMAG5 7.62 AC [5rds.] mag that will allow longer cartridges than the ten rd. factory and allows sngle loading of even longer rounds.[/QUOTE American Rifle Company makes center fed, double stack metal mags that allow an oal of 2.97. I have 3/16 of an inch in front of my hornady eldm factory loads. Tons of room for handloads. They are also very very smooth and quite to load FYI. The problem is finding them in stock, they go fast
 

Xandrosi

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Don’t polish the bolt. I asked the same question on accurateshooter blog. All benchrest guys. “Scientists”. Lol. They told me to polish “clean up the bolt raceways, Not the bolt. Anywhere the bolt makes contact on the inside of the rifle in the upper receiver back to the stock. I knocked down all the high spots with fine grit wet sanding. Was worried it would hurt accuracy, but it did not, Worked fantastic. In combination with the heavier Anarchy outdoors bolt shroud, it is smooth and quiet. Also had my bolt fluted, But I don’t know if that played a role in removing the zipper. It may have helped. Also
Thanks for sharing that. As an aside, that fluting looks great!
 

Xandrosi

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I have a question for the rpr guys. Is Timney and Jard the only ones making triggers still for the rpr? I like the Timney, with the straight bow. But I still wish it was lighter. I know nothing about the jard, tho they do make an 8oz. I wish geissele or jewel would make something. I don’t understand why they don’t, They would sell a ton of them.
Lighter than 1 lb pull?
 

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Lighter than 1 lb pull?
The Timney is nice. Breaks about 1.2. Lbs. if I go lower, My gun does not function properly. There is a bit of overtravel I don’t care for. I am considering trying the hard 8oz. For a cleaner brake and no over travel?? I don’t know, there is not any reviews on the jard that I can find. Do we know of any other trigger manfactures for the rpr on the market?
 
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Have you tried removing the trigger spring and polishing the trigger surface, I was all about a Timney until I removed the spring and cleaned mine up.... mine breaks at 13oz. I don't see the Timney as much of an improvement.

Took literally 15 minutes also.

(they may have fixed the 3rd gen so that you cant do this... would need more research if your a 3rd gen user)
 
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Xandrosi

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Don’t polish the bolt. I asked the same question on accurateshooter blog. All benchrest guys. “Scientists”. Lol. They told me to polish “clean up the bolt raceways, Not the bolt. Anywhere the bolt makes contact on the inside of the rifle in the upper receiver back to the stock. I knocked down all the high spots with fine grit wet sanding. Was worried it would hurt accuracy, but it did not, Worked fantastic. In combination with the heavier Anarchy outdoors bolt shroud, it is smooth and quiet. Also had my bolt fluted, But I don’t know if that played a role in removing the zipper. It may have helped. Also
Looking inside that receiver, it's tight! I can see the raceways but can't see a way to get to them with even a popsicle stick. And I'd be concerned with screwing up the profile if I can't get something flat in there. So how did you do that wet sanding please?
 
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Looking inside that receiver, it's tight! I can see the raceways but can't see a way to get to them with even a popsicle stick. And I'd be concerned with screwing up the profile if I can't get something flat in there. So how did you do that wet sanding please?
I used a 3/4 inch wooden dowel with sandpaper wrapped around it, And my finder with a small piece of sand paper.
 
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Has anyone ever had the factory 308 RPR barrel cut down to 16 in? Have other longer barreled 308's , but looking at handier length suppressed 308 for local range 500 yds and in.

Thanks
 
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For everyone discussing polishing the bolt, I had mine Micro-Slicked and it was immediately smoother. I think the "zipper" sound comes from the bolt catch riding in the groove machined in the bolt. The groove is not very smooth from the factory and has circular swirls in it (at least on my Gen 1). Maybe polishing the groove in the bolt would help. Just my 2 cents......
 
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Xandrosi

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I meant finger**. With a small piece of fine grit sandpaper
That part makes sense. What I'm puzzled about is how to smooth the raceways? One appears to be a machined dovetail with a lot of obvious machining chatter marks. The only way I can think to get into the raceways is with a sacrificial bolt and abrasive paste. I've submitted some related questions to Ruger to get their take.
 

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That part makes sense. What I'm puzzled about is how to smooth the raceways? One appears to be a machined dovetail with a lot of obvious machining chatter marks. The only way I can think to get into the raceways is with a sacrificial bolt and abrasive paste. I've submitted some related questions to Ruger to get their take.
You cannot get another bolt which is the part that stinks. They won’t give you one. You should be able to reach everything by your fingers, Or a dowel. And stay away from your lugs in your bolt, Or the part where the lugs make contact in the upper receiver.
 
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Xandrosi

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For everyone discussing polishing the bolt, I had mine Micro-Slicked and it was immediately smoother. I think the "zipper" sound comes from the bolt catch riding in the groove machined in the bolt. The groove is not very smooth from the factory and has circular swirls in it (at least on my Gen 1). Maybe polishing the groove in the bolt would help. Just my 2 cents......
Though not micro-slicking, I've looked at Brazen Firearms' TiN coating for parts of my CZ SP-01. As I understand it, it's critical to let the parts wear in before doing one of these coatings as it will prevent this normal break-in. If you're happy with the results, I'd appreciate the name of the company that did your work.
 

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You cannot get another bolt which is the part that stinks. They won’t give you one. You should be able to reach everything by your fingers, Or a dowel. And stay away from your lugs in your bolt, Or the part where the lugs make contact in the upper receiver.
I wish somebody made an aftermarket bolt, I tried to bet a backup from Ruger, They refused in every way
 
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Though not micro-slicking, I've looked at Brazen Firearms' TiN coating for parts of my CZ SP-01. As I understand it, it's critical to let the parts wear in before doing one of these coatings as it will prevent this normal break-in. If you're happy with the results, I'd appreciate the name of the company that did your work.
The company I sent you last night for fluting does microslicking as well. I had mine microslicked as well as fluted
 
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Much ado about nothing. I over-lube my bolt with Rand CLP and just run it. By about 300 rounds it was smooth, steady and repeatable. The biggest problem I had was thinking that I didn't pickup a round when cycling the bolt because it was so smooth. I always did pick one up and I just learned to run the bolt and know that everything was good.

I'm starting on my 2nd RPR now in 6CM and other that needing to make sure to stay on the bolt handle to close the action all the way down everything is coming along fine...again. My 1st RPR in 6.5CM has over 3000 rounds through it and the action is still very nice.

I'm a local match director and see many different rifles and actions. I see all of the guys with problems trying to keep their rifles running smoothly through a stage or even needing to play little games like making sure that the 1st round will move and not get hung up at the beginning on a stage. I've always just inserted my mag into an open bolt action and started the stage. I've never had a hung up 1st round or 10th round for that matter. I don't see the RPR guys having problems unless they are mag related. This is a very reliable action, zipper and all.

I understand the feeling of needing to mod something. Great, change the trigger, buy a new bag, add a 2nd pic rail for the bipod to the bottom of the forearm, put a +2 sidesaddle on the rifle and just get out and shoot it more.
 
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trob_205

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You guys can get rid of the zipper sound and smooth it out by simply taking the edges of each side of the bolt catch raceway right on the bolt. I used a glass rod and to finish it up used some 600-1000 grit sandpaper and G96 oil. This also got rid of the friction that would Come around halfway through the cycle of the bolt. I personally would stay away from anything that altered in inside of the receiver but that’s just this one mans opinion.
 
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Much ado about nothing. I over-lube my bolt with Rand CLP and just run it. By about 300 rounds it was smooth, steady and repeatable. The biggest problem I had was thinking that I didn't pickup a round when cycling the bolt because it was so smooth. I always did pick one up and I just learned to run the bolt and know that everything was good.

I'm starting on my 2nd RPR now in 6CM and other that needing to make sure to stay on the bolt handle to close the action all the way down everything is coming along fine...again. My 1st RPR in 6.5CM has over 3000 rounds through it and the action is still very nice.

I'm a local match director and see many different rifles and actions. I see all of the guys with problems trying to keep their rifles running smoothly through a stage or even needing to play little games like making sure that the 1st round will move and not get hung up at the beginning on a stage. I've always just inserted my mag into an open bolt action and started the stage. I've never had a hung up 1st round or 10th round for that matter. I don't see the RPR guys having problems unless they are mag related. This is a very reliable action, zipper and all.

I understand the feeling of needing to mod something. Great, change the trigger, buy a new bag, add a 2nd pic rail for the bipod to the bottom of the forearm, put a +2 sidesaddle on the rifle and just get out and shoot it more.
I agree just get out and shoot! I have about 5000 rounds through my two RPRs the only issue was my fault
 
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After some difficulty getting the factory barrel off i was able to put on a new Brownells in 6 creedmoor along w a jp recoil eliminator This new 24” shoots quite well

I selected a “standard load” load: 107smk, 42 h4350, russian primers in new hornady brass seated to mag length

5 shot groups about 1” @ 200 w 10x SS scope

Very light brass prep or load development and im happy w what i have Under a bore scope the new barrel is quite nice looking wo ridges, rings or burrs
 
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Though not micro-slicking, I've looked at Brazen Firearms' TiN coating for parts of my CZ SP-01. As I understand it, it's critical to let the parts wear in before doing one of these coatings as it will prevent this normal break-in. If you're happy with the results, I'd appreciate the name of the company that did your work.
The company that did mine was

Zephyr Defense
75 Bank St. #16
Sparks, NV 89431
Here is a link to their web page.

http://zephyrdefense.com/

I actually contacted them through the Ruger Precision Rifle FaceBook page.

Hope this helps.
 

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After some difficulty getting the factory barrel off i was able to put on a new Brownells in 6 creedmoor along w a jp recoil eliminator This new 24” shoots quite well

I selected a “standard load” load: 107smk, 42 h4350, russian primers in new hornady brass seated to mag length

5 shot groups about 1” @ 200 w 10x SS scope

Very light brass prep or load development and im happy w what i have Under a bore scope the new barrel is quite nice looking wo ridges, rings or burrs
Glad you posted this. I was wondering how those shoot. Glad to see pretty damn well
 
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Just finished shooting an RPR in 308 today. Compared to my 6.5 I thought the recoil should have been a lot more. Kudos to Ruger I believe their design does a stellar job managing recoil. Very little muzzle jump and the recoil was straight back.

This was comparing 175 TMK loads to my 6.5 cm 140 loads.
 

Xandrosi

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While the Tipton Ultra Gun Vise is fine for cleaning anything that shoots and as a stable platform for leveling and installing a scope, it can't handle serious torque. Tried straightening out my new handguard and muzzle brake, but gave up quickly. With a well-anchored solid vise, this would be trivial. All I ended up doing was scratching the brake nut. Now trying to figure out where I have enough space to set up a proper workbench. Probably cheaper to have this done by a gunsmith who also has a torque wrench.
 
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