Hey guys, it’s your favorite Vandal from the land of the ice and snow again. Once again I’m going to be talking about the Ruger Precision Rifle. This time though it’s going to be about what I did with mine, as well as my experience thus far with it. Strap yourselves in, this one is going to be a bit longer than usual I think.
Okay you barbarian, tell us what you did to it already!
In my last piece I talked about a lot of things I didn’t like, some of the things I was on the fence about, and some of the things I did actually like. When I originally started out on this project, Frank Galli over at Sniper’s Hide hadn’t posted his piece yet. We had some similar ideas though. One thing I think almost everyone is in universal agreement about though is that the hand guard that comes on the Ruger Precision Rifle from the factory can’t be described as great. I’ve personally used much more harsh language to refer to it in private. I decided that the hand guard had to be the first thing to go, so that’s what I did. I make it absolutely no secret, I’m a JP fanboy. I do work for them, I love their products. There really wasn’t much choice in which hand guard I went with as far as I was concerned. I went with the JP Enterprises MKIII Signature Series hand guard, extra long length.
This hand guard doesn’t flex, it’s easy and simple to attach, and as far as I’m concerned looks extremely good on the Ruger Precision Rifle. It’s also extremely easy to attach a rail section to it, as well as a sling stud, because at the 6 o’clock position there is a series of pre-drilled and tapped holes to facilitate this. And most importantly since it doesn’t have a full length rail on the top it does not interfere with optics as badly. The complaint I do have is that it doesn’t go right up to the receiver face, and doesn’t cover the base of the barrel. Not exactly a huge deal though. I’m going to see what I can possibly do or have done about it. It’s essentially cosmetic so I’m not breaking myself with worry over it.
Next I replaced the stock. It was a pretty simple decision, given how I felt the finish wasn’t good enough on the original, nor did I like how it adjusted. I decided to put a Magpul PRS stock on the Ruger Precision Rifle. There was however an ever so slight problem though. The tube used to attach the original stock to the Ruger Precision Rifle was in fact a carbine length tube. For those of you who may not know, the Magpul PRS uses a rifle length tube. So I had to hunt one of those down, which was a problem since pretty much everywhere I went to was completely out of stock. I ended up calling a buddy of mine over at JP to see if he might be able to help, and because I also needed the rail section. As usual they were able to get me exactly what I needed.
Both the hand guard and the stock were things that I had planned before Sniper’s Hide came out with their videos. The next few parts I changed can essentially be blamed on that video though. One directly, and the other indirectly. I’m talking specifically about the bolt shroud and bolt handle. Changing out that bolt shroud made the action feel smoother by a truckload. To me the old bolt shroud made the action feel a bit choppy and gritty. The only thing I can really blame for that is the polymer was used to make it. Additionally I’d also noticed that I could have an extremely tough time getting a really positive grip on that bolt knob when I would wear gloves.
Gloves are pretty much mandatory for some of the shooting I do since the phrase “Cold as balls” was invented to describe what the area I live in feels like for at least 4 months of the given year. Long Rifles, Inc. offers both of these in either “as machine” or anodized finish. Additionally they are also offering special Sniper’s Hide versions as well. I went with the raw, as machined, silvery color because I knew that it would look better than a black anodized finish would in the end after I Cerakote this Ruger Precision Rifle.
LRI did an excellent job in my opinion. It definitely smoothed out the action, and gave me the positive grip on that bolt knob while wearing gloves that I was looking for. And it looked exactly like I expected it would, which means my plans for Cerakote should roll forward nicely.
Well? How does it shoot already?
Alright so I think it shoots great. My biggest problem is that right now it’s cold as balls like I said. How many of you go shooting when the weather is like this? And keep in mind this is the warmest it’s been in a month here.
Anyways I spent the time at the range with this the other day sighting the Ruger Precision Rifle in, helping my buddy sight in his new 7mm Remington Magnum X-Bolt, and testing a few different things on my Ruger Precision Rifle. For example, magazines. The Ruger Precision Rifle is shipped with 10 round Magpul .308 magazines. However after the past few weeks I felt there was one hole that hadn’t been addressed yet. After Rich did his lovely piece on PMAG 5 7.62 magazines I felt they should be tested. So I got my hands on one and decided I was going to run some rounds through it as well.
The magazines as you can see load just fine into the Ruger Precision Rifle. There are no problems with feeding, and loading them is pretty straight forward. In short they work just fine with this rifle, and I can’t really complain about that too much. There is a couple of points to make though. While these magazines are much cheaper than the standard Accuracy International offerings, they are still more expensive than the SR25/M110 magazines from Magpul as well. Additionally the 10 round magazines are currently unavailable at this point in time, meaning they’re limited to 5 rounds.
With the 10 round SR25 magazines being roughly $19 MSRP, and the PMAG 5 7.62 coming in at $35, and the PMAG 10 7.62 coming in at $40MSRP according to Magpul, I think the choice of magazines is pretty self evident. Additionally it’s slightly easier to load the SR25 magazines. In short, stick with the SR25 magazines. Having the flexibility to chose between what you might already have on hand though is most excellent.
Get on with it!
Well I’m going to answer this by not really answering it and answering it at the same time. At this point I don’t think I’ve had enough time with the Ruger Precision Rifle and enough rounds through it yet. As it stands right now I’m shooting around MOA with it, which I’m really not happy with. I need to do some load development yet still. However I’m seeing some promise. One point to make is that the flex that existed in the hand guard is completely gone. Not only that but the stock feels much better and I feel like I’m on the Ruger Precision Rifle more consistently.
At this point in time I think I could shoot this rifle all day and still feel fine. I was also very tempted to just chuck the barrel and go right for the one produced by Long Rifles Inc, but I felt that before I dropped about half again the value of the rifle on a new barrel I should at the very least try the current one out. So I’m going to shoot this for a while, and later on I might be switching it out. Give me about 4 more months at most and I’ll give you guys a full range report.
What Should I Expect In The Future?
Well there’s going to be one final follow up talking about how it shoots a lot more in depth. Additionally I’m going to be Cerakoting the Ruger Precision Rifle. Here’s a preview of what it’s going to look like. If you’re curious about the cerakote process, check out a couple of our articles on how it’s done!
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!