Ruger Precision Rimfire

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Right now I am using my Dewey .22 30" I believe. it is a bit short but works. I ordered a 32" Dewey in .20cal, 32" might still be a little short to keep from hitting the riser. I figure the .20cal rod will give a little more room going in..

I bought the Wolf at Perry a few years back. shoots pretty good and supposedly the brass is lapua..
Is the rod too short with or without the rod guide? I don’t plan on using a rod guide for this rifle.
 
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it is not the rod guide it is the stock that causes the issues. You have put pressure up on the rod to clear the buttstock..
Hey let me know how that .20 diameter rod works out. I’m leaning towards that same exact rod. I already have j dewey rods for my .308 and my 6.5.
 
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Got my new Ruge Precision RF toy about 3 weeks ago and last week I put about 150 rounds through it to get it broken in a little. Today, I ran various brands of ammo through it shooting only 10 rounds for each to just see how they might print on the paper. None of them were really match grade, though a couple did say they were (e.g. Winchester Super-X Match, Federal Hunter Match) , but those never performed well in any of my .22's. As expected though, Center-X did do really well.


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Got my new Ruge Precision RF toy about 3 weeks ago and last week I put about 150 rounds through it to get it broken in a little. Today, I ran various brands of ammo through it shooting only 10 rounds for each to just see how they might print on the paper. None of them were really match grade, though a couple did say they were (e.g. Winchester Super-X Match, Federal Hunter Match) , but those never performed well in any of my .22's. As expected though, Center-X did do really well.


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Nice group. What was the range for that test? 25y, 50y or 100y or something else. Was it indoors, outdoor? What was the wind and ambient conditions? It would help everyone interested to know the distance & conditions you were shooting from please. Also, for comparison, how about the others in the test? \\Irish
 
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Nice group. What was the range for that test? 25y, 50y or 100y or something else. Was it indoors, outdoor? What was the wind and ambient conditions? It would help everyone interested to know the distance & conditions you were shooting from please. Also, for comparison, how about the others in the test? \\Irish
This was outside from bench rest at 50yds. A somewhat overcast day with temp at 78° F with wind at 3-8 from about 5 o'clock and humidity at 17% (yes, I have and recorded from my Kestrel). Barometer at 30.11 and altitude 1668 ft.

I didn't bother to take pics of the targets for the other's in the test as I have pics from those others from previous outing with other rifles. I did have a pic of the Lapua Polar Biathlon, but can't seem to find it. I do have the data for them that I added to my data base. I've now got a collection of 520 lines of data on various .22LR ammo (though not much on the more expensive match like cartridges). You can see some of the data and how I've recorded it on the attached pic and look at the last 8 lines.




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Received the RPRF yesterday and directly went to the range. Not bad with ELEY edge at 105Y indoor range. I believe I can do better if I dial down the weight of trigger pull a little bit.
 

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Having a couple of CZs that shoot well, I was leaning toward another CZ as a trainer but put my name on a couple of lists for the Ruger PRF. Got a call today that one is available, so I'll pick it up tomorrow and give it a try.

I have a Mueller 4-16 A0 and a Weaver V16 to mount on it but am considering an Athlon Ares. What rings and/or mounts will be a good fit?
 
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Picked mine up today. Adjusted the trigger down to only 2.5# and it feels very nice. One potential issue though. I installed an Mlok rail for a bipod and one of the screws was touching the barrel. I put some pressure on the barrel and it flexed pretty easily.
 
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Yeah, the diameter of the forearm is small so the clearance between the forearm and barrel is pretty tight. I had to grind off about 3 threads on the screws for my bipod rail..

I also took my factory trigger and cleaned it with Hornady One Shot Cleaner and Lube. I didn't touch the adjustment screw at all and it tested out to be a smooth and crisp 1.5lb.
 
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it is not the rod guide it is the stock that causes the issues. You have put pressure up on the rod to clear the buttstock..
I got the 32” .20 from Dewey and I have to take off the cheek plate and move the buttstock inward to not create upward pressure. The next option is a 38” which may work without adjusting anything but then again it’s easy to mark where the stock was adjusted to and set it back.
 

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I got the 32” .20 from Dewey and I have to take off the cheek plate and move the buttstock inward to not create upward pressure. The next option is a 38” which may work without adjusting anything but then again it’s easy to mark where the stock was adjusted to and set it back.
yeah I put a few paint marks so I could get the stock back where I needed it.
 
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Got to finally handle one yesterday at my LGS.

My impression with just handling it.

Pros
Stock feels nicer than I hoped and adjusts easy
Ergonomics are what you would expect
Barrel was centered in the hand guard at least on the one I handled
Nice bolt knob
Smooth action

Cons
Bolt lift and closing was tight, at least on the display model. So much so that I think it might be the tightest closing bolt gun I have handled in years. If I bought that display I would run a go no go gauges to check.

Nose heavy, not surprised but I want one for my kids and it’s definitely not and offhand rifle for kids with the weight distribution- a lightweight barrel would go a long way.

Overall I think it’s a great buy for the price. I was impressed enough that I will probably end up getting one and either having the barrel turned down or trying to get someone to make a lightweight aftermarket barrel.
 

combatgrunt84

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Heck of a deal, the cheapest I have found is $408 OTD. Where did you find yours at?
I got mine from PX on post 15percent of used Star Card and was on sale and no taxes.

Anyone running a compensator on it? I was looking into the Tactical Solutions Comps and was wondering who has input and do they fit perfectly radius wise?
 
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I got mine from PX on post 15percent of used Star Card and was on sale and no taxes.

Anyone running a compensator on it? I was looking into the Tactical Solutions Comps and was wondering who has input and do they fit perfectly radius wise?
Not sure what you mean by fit radius, but I have shot a friend's RPR with my TacSol can. We thought the gun was broken, as everytime he pulled the trigger, nothing happened. Until we checked the target. :) Silly quiet.
 
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Nose heavy, not surprised but I want one for my kids and it’s definitely not and offhand rifle for kids with the weight distribution- a lightweight barrel would go a long way.

Overall I think it’s a great buy for the price. I was impressed enough that I will probably end up getting one and either having the barrel turned down or trying to get someone to make a lightweight aftermarket barrel.
I thought the same thing until I mounted the scope and then it was perfectly balanced.
 
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I'm looking at either a RPR or a Tikka T1x ... the Tikka is a little more but the chassis on the RPR is more flexible for more purposes. I can put the Tikka T1x in any T3 chassis (I think) then the total cost would be $1100 or so.
That said, I'm hoping the Tikka is built to higher tolerances and hence can shoot tighter groups.
I got am Athlon Argus to put on top.
Neither the RPR or Tikka T1x are available yet at Brownell's where I placed the order.
It seems like a number of people are going for the RPR!
My primary purpose for this rifle will be dot drills at 50yds.
I have another .22LR(16) I use for hunting.
Any thoughts on why people have ruled out the Tikka?
Or on where to get an RPR now?

Thanks!
 

combatgrunt84

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I do think I can wait until Sunday to shoot my RPR do you think and indoor 25yard test would do anything to help narrow down ammo selection? I have 13 different types of ammo to test so far.
 
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I do think I can wait until Sunday to shoot my RPR do you think and indoor 25yard test would do anything to help narrow down ammo selection? I have 13 different types of ammo to test so far.
Well, if you really want to "reinvent the wheel", then . . .???

I've already tested a great many different types of 22LR and depending on what you have you might just limit yourself to Center-X, Federal Ultra Match or the less expensive CCI Standard Velocity. Other's, that you probably have, are not going to do any better.

And 25 yds just isn't going to tell you much. IMHO
 

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Has anyone put a compensator on one yet wondering what brand you choose. I mic'd the barrel I think I got .857 I did it last night for barrel diameter and was looking Tactical Solutions has one in.900.
 
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Has anyone put a compensator on one yet wondering what brand you choose. I mic'd the barrel I think I got .857 I did it last night for barrel diameter and was looking Tactical Solutions has one in.900.
Do you have tender shoulders? Putting a comp on a 14lb 22lr is like putting drag radials on a VW beetle.
 

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Too damn close to D.C.
Has anyone put a compensator on one yet wondering what brand you choose. I mic'd the barrel I think I got .857 I did it last night for barrel diameter and was looking Tactical Solutions has one in.900.
There's not enough gas volume/velocity with a .22 LR to make any meaningful difference in recoil mitigation so whatever you screw on there will be for cosmetics only. If you still have to have a comp/brake on your .22, go with something made out of stainless with big side ports. That way, you'll be able to scrape away all the built-up lead (or throw it in a rotary tumbler with stainless tumbling media). With a radial comp like the TacSol, lead will build up in the ports and then start to encroach into the bore (of the comp) to where you'll start getting strikes with subsequent rounds fired.
 
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So I finall got my RPR out to the range today to do some ammo testing. It was sunny, 68 degrees, 4-12 mph wind from my 6 o’clock so it was blowing the target around a little.

Shot these from the bench with a bipod and rear bag at 25 yards. No surprises but Federal Gold Medal Ultra March was the winner with Lapua Center X a close second and Eley Tenex third. I may get out and get my 50 yard testing done tomorrow depending on work schedules.

The gun is stock no mods, Athlon Midas BTR scope. I ran 120 rounds of Golden Bullet through it to get the barrel broken in. I cleaned the barrel before I started shooting and did not clean it before I shot the tests. All test were shot consecutively no cool down time between each different brand of ammo. The target on the left is 5 fouling shots for each brand the right target is a 5 shot group for record. My zero is based upon the Remington Golden Bullet.

For the Federal Automatch the one flyer to the left was me I saw me do it ....

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Testing ammo for 22lr is different than what we would normally do for a high powered rifle. While groups do matter and testing for groups at 50 yards is important to a point, doing those same tests at 100 yards is even more important but you'll be looking for something different. At 50yds and 100yds you'll be looking for and counting flyers.

Your RPR should give you 1 to 1 1/2 Moa with the right ammo. That should give you a fighting chance in precision 22 matches. The thing that will kill a good day is the number of flyers you'll get per say for 50 rounds. You may not see the true effect of that with 25 yd groups. Stretching things out to 50yds and beyond will start to show you the consistency of you ammo lot. That is where match grade ammo starts to shine.
 
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Testing ammo for 22lr is different than what we would normally do for a high powered rifle. While groups do matter and testing for groups at 50 yards is important to a point, doing those same tests at 100 yards is even more important but you'll be looking for something different. At 50yds and 100yds you'll be looking for and counting flyers.

Your RPR should give you 1 to 1 1/2 Moa with the right ammo. That should give you a fighting chance in precision 22 matches. The thing that will kill a good day is the number of flyers you'll get per say for 50 rounds. You may not see the true effect of that with 25 yd groups. Stretching things out to 50yds and beyond will start to show you the consistency of you ammo lot. That is where match grade ammo starts to shine.
I totally understand that and that's why 50 yards is next and then next I will do 100 yards, but even here at 25 you can see the cream rising to the top with the group size differences. So even though this wasn't a definitive test you can still get some data out of it, and that data will only be more firmed up as I do the 50 and 100 yard tests.
 
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So I finall got my RPR out to the range today to do some ammo testing. It was sunny, 68 degrees, 4-12 mph wind from my 6 o’clock so it was blowing the target around a little.

Shot these from the bench with a bipod and rear bag at 25 yards. No surprises but Federal Gold Medal Ultra March was the winner with Lapua Center X a close second and Eley Tenex third. I may get out and get my 50 yard testing done tomorrow depending on work schedules.

The gun is stock no mods, Athlon Midas BTR scope. I ran 120 rounds of Golden Bullet through it to get the barrel broken in. I cleaned the barrel before I started shooting and did not clean it before I shot the tests. All test were shot consecutively no cool down time between each different brand of ammo. The target on the left is 5 fouling shots for each brand the right target is a 5 shot group for record. My zero is based upon the Remington Golden Bullet.

For the Federal Automatch the one flyer to the left was me I saw me do it ....

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I've been doing the same testing with my RPR and have found almost the same results you have. FGMUM and Center X were definitely the winners. Even out to 150 yards they continued to outperform everything else I tried(CCI green tag and Wolf Extra Match were the two different brands I used)
 
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So I got out yesterday to do my 50 yard ammo test and the wind sucked I was fighting 15 to 20 mph winds from my 6 and 7 o’clock all day. Tried to shoot groups between the wind gusts and we all know how well that works ....

The results were pretty much as expected almost every brand of ammo the groups opened up by at least double, the bulk pack stuff was a little worse.

The top three did change a little though FGUM was still on top with Lapua Center X still in second but RWS Rifle match moved into 3rd place it only opened up a few hundredths going from 25 to 50 yards so it may warrant some additional testing. 14105EA5-B2D0-4EB7-B939-6038FEF9A3C8.jpeg
 
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I was literally blown away with how crazy 22 can move with 15mph at only 65 yards in a match - maybe along the lines of a 6.5 at 280ish'. So getting realistic ammo comparison @ 50, might be best on a windless day.
 
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Even though 22 bulets just look like lumps of lead they do still have a BC that affect their true flight. That is on reason why bullet flight over distance may not be consistent and can't be extrapolated for closer distances like 20y to 50y.

I wonder how long it will be before an ammo manufacturer ever does anything about improving the lowly 22 40gr bullet.
 

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Even though 22 bulets just look like lumps of lead they do still have a BC that affect their true flight. That is on reason why bullet flight over distance may not be consistent and can't be extrapolated for closer distances like 20y to 50y.

I wonder how long it will be before an ammo manufacturer ever does anything about improving the lowly 22 40gr bullet.
Maybe like how Laupa has done with the new Biathlon Extreme?
 
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