Getting Into Long Range Shooting: Part 2

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So this is part two of my getting into long range shooting series. Would it surprise you to learn I just about canned my first article based on my experiences? Well it was a very close thing, but I decided to let my story be a lesson for anyone else on what can go wrong. Hopefully some of you take away some lessons here.

What Went Wrong

So I was pretty happy with my choices, until it actually came to shooting the rifle. I bought my rifle used.

Henri Vidal probably accurately captured your reaction to buying it used in 1898

Henri Vidal probably accurately captured your reaction to buying it used in his 1898 depiction of Cain.

Yeah I can hear the facepalm that some of you are probably doing right now. It actually helped save me money when I was a lot tighter than what was in my article. The problems sort of started right away because it didn’t come with a magazine, but that was no big deal because I picked one up from work. After that when it came to actually shooting I found there were several problems.

First the magazines had problems holding their capacity in rounds, they would become extremely tight and tend to not feed rounds properly. The target accutrigger was excellent, when it worked properly. In my case for some reason the safety could some how become engaged and lock my trigger up even while it was off. I’d have to either repeatedly attempt to cycle the action, or give it a stiff smack to get it to release. I took it to my boss who is a gunsmith and we tried a couple of fixes. Nothing worked, however. It wasn’t all bad, though. I found the stock was excellent, and the whole package was shooting dime sized groups at 100 yards for me.

Getting Into Long Range Shooting: 2

I was pretty fed up with the problems of that rifle, but I was hoping I could deal with it. Well an opportunity presented itself. A good buddy of mine had bought a Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor but he’s not really a long range shooter like me, his focus is more on hunting. After a few months of waffling about it he finally decided to sell it because he felt more comfortable using a different, larger round. I bought it from him, and he gave me a killer deal on it. Remember how I said in the last article that the Ruger Precision Rifle had really changed the game? It definitely barged into my life with it’s big ugly face.

So, Now What?

getting into long range shooting

In Douglas Adams’ book Mostly Harmless there is a planet called NowWhat. It was named after the opening words of the first settlers to arrive there after struggling across light-years of space to reach the furthest unexplored outreaches of the galaxy. The main town is called OhWell. So after struggling with the Savage and at some points in time asking myself “Now what?” when it came to the problems of that rifle, I arrived at my moment of “Oh well.” I’ll be completely honest, I have some issues with the Ruger Precision Rifle. They are however extremely easily fixed, and more annoyances than anything.

Ruger made some excellent choices to make it more end user friendly. For example it can make great use of the widely available parts for AR-15’s. The stock attaches to the folding mechanism through the use of a carbine length buffer tube. The handguard attaches exactly like an AR-15. This means both can be replaced by the end user with some pretty simple tools. Frank Galli over at Sniper’s Hide actually did an excellent job showing what you can do with a Ruger Precision Rifle. And some of the things he showed off were things I was actually planning on doing, but I’m not going to copy him 100%. In some areas I’m going to go a completely different route, in others I’m going my own way. Either way you can read up on his modifications here!

The final iteration of this series is going to be what I’m doing to this rifle, as well as my reviews of the rifle itself. Stick around, I think it’s going to be worth it to see what I end up doing to this rifle. For now, here’s a look at some of the modifications Frank Galli made from YouTube!

Don is a Minnesota college student working his way through school as a firearms coatings specialist. An avid shooter with a love for just about all things gun related, gladly sharing his somewhat unique experiences with anyone who will listen. If you have any questions for me, email us!


  1. At SHOT Proof Reseearch revealed their carbon barrel for RPR. First offering will be a 26″ bull in 6.5 for $829 (at Stockys) with 20 week lead time. Saves 1.25 lbs over factory barrel. Seekins handguard is 2-4 weeks out. Can be seen, but not yet ordered, on their site. Waiting on someone to make an aftermarket trigger myself.

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      I actually didn’t get a chance to make it out to SHOT this year. Next year though I’m hoping both Rich and myself can make it out there. A 26″ Bull in 6.5 sounds really sweet, especially if it saves some weight over the factory option. As to the other stuff, just wait and watch the next few weeks.

  2. Hi Don, concerning the Savage 12LRP do you feel the issues you had are common on 12LRP or just this one due to it was used and possible not care for properly? I am in the same position you were in at the first part of article part 1. A many year experienced shooter and reloader but a novice in the long range department and would like to purchase a first LR rifle within budget but make an educated and non-regretful choice.

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      Hi Rodney. Thanks for your questions because they are good ones and it has sparked off a few things today. I feel that my issues arose because I bought a used gun. But that’s what I get for buying used.

      Anyways your question here has made me think about doing another getting into long range shooting article, this time covering the stuff that has happened in the last year. And quite frankly there has been a huge number of developments in the last year. I’ve had a lot of experiences that would make me give someone different advice now than a year ago. If you’d like to pick my brain a bit please shoot me an email and I’ll see what I can do to help you.

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