Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor, a Lot of Gun for the Price

Tom McHale reviews the Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor as part of his ongoing long-range shooting article series.

The Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor packs a lot of value - and it could be yours!
The Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor packs a lot of value – and it could be yours!

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- While AR-15 and AR-10 platform rifles are getting more accurate by the month, it’s still hard to beat a good bolt-action rifle for repeatable precision. When Ruger designed the Precision Rifle, they wanted to provide a long-range tack driver that was affordable. In the world of long-range shooting, multiple G’s for the rifle only is common. This one runs about $1,100 (or less $$) on the street. Is it worth it? Let’s find out.

What’s the Ruger Precision Rifle?

Let’s provide a quick summary before getting into some of the details. Bolt gun. Accurate. Priced aggressively considering how it’s built and how it shoots. Boom. 

While I’ve taken a few shots here and there at various events with a Ruger Precision Rifle, I’ve not yet had the chance to bring one home and work with it. Now that I’ve had some quality hands-on time with one, I’m sold. I would buy this one but I can’t. That’s because one AmmoLand News reader is going to win this in the not-so-distant future along with a sporty (not yet named) optic. Stay tuned. 

One of the first things you'll notice on the Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor is the folding stock. Convenient but still rock solid.
One of the first things you'll notice on the Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor is the folding stock. Convenient but still rock solid.

The Ruger Precision Rifle oozes tactical. The super-adjustable sniper stock, 15-inch M-LOK handguard (covering a free-floated barrel of course), and AR-compatible grip and safety selector aren’t just cool for the sake of appearance. There are good reasons for all of those components. 

The Precision Rifle is purpose-built for long range shooting. Depending on the caliber, barrel lengths ranging from 20 to 24 inches. This one is chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor and sports a 24-inch barrel. It’s 5R rifled in a 1:8 twist for the 6.5mm Creedmoor and cold hammer forged from chrome-moly steel. The receiver is topped with a Picatinny rail segment that’s ramped 20 minutes of angle. Building in some “elevation” gives your internal scope adjustments more room at which to work when you stretch out the yardage to four digits. Without a ramped base, it's easy to run out of scope adjustment pretty quickly after 1,000 yards.

The trigger is sweet. If the safety lever looks familiar, that's because it's compatible with AR models. Swap it out if you like.
The trigger is sweet. If the safety lever looks familiar, that's because it's compatible with AR models. Swap it out if you like.

The Ruger trigger is adjustable, and you can tweak it to preference between 2.25 and five pounds. It arrived from the factory adjusted to precisely two pounds according to my Timney Triggers Scale, so I suppose that the rated 2.25 isn’t necessarily the lightest end of the scale. After depressing the trigger leaf safety, this one breaks in just about 1/16th of an inch with constant pressure. I like it.

The bolt features is a solid three-lug design with an oversized handle. The handle is threaded, so you can even swap that out with ease if you’re so inclined. 

As you'd expect, the barrel on the Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor is threaded. The Precision Rifle ships with an effective muzzle brake.
As you'd expect, the barrel on the Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor is threaded. The Precision Rifle ships with an effective muzzle brake.

You’ll notice and AR-style grip, and that’s true to spec, so if you have a favorite AR Pistol grip to carry over from your semi-automatic world, feel free to stick it on the Precision Rifle. The same thing applies to the 45-degree safety lever. 

The buttstock folds so you can transport the rifle more efficiently in a pack. When you fold the stock, the rifle loses about eight inches of length, compressing to just under 36 inches. There’s a very tight lock button on the left side where stock joins the receiver. Give the button a firm press and the stock will unlock and swing into the left side of the receiver. It’s solid and not moving once locked in place so that you won’t be running into any accuracy challenges from a wobbly adjustable stock. The stock is also adjustable with hand-operated throw levers for the length of pull and comb height – no tools required. There’s a generous recoil pad and a short rail segment on the bottom so you can mount your favorite monopod there if you like. Oh, and the whole stock mounts to an AR-compatible receiver extension tube. That means that the Precision Rifle will accept any compatible AR-stock.

Like Modern Sporting Rifles, this one is built to customize if you want. With the slew of top-notch features, I had no desire to change a thing except for adding a bipod up front. 

The stock is adjustable (no tools) for length of pull and comb height.
The stock is adjustable (no tools) for length of pull and comb height.

The Precision Rifle has a magazine well compatible with AICS and M110/SR-25/DPMS/Magpul-style magazines. It ships with two Magpul 10-rounders.

Shooting the Precision Rifle

The first time I shot this rifle – to zero the scope – I was stunned by the initial groups. Three-shot clusters for zeroing purposes were all going in the same hole. While I fired a quick five-shot group from 100 yards that day, I didn’t have time to do more.

The next time out, I brought the freshly zeroed Precision Rifle to the range with four types of 6.5mm Creedmoor ammo of proven performance: Hornady Match ELD 140-grain, Sig Sauer Open Tip Match 140-grain, Hornady Match ELD 147-grain, and Hornady Precision Hunter 143-grain. I’ve had great success with all of these in other outings with various rifles. I zeroed the rifle and observed those one-hole, three-shot clusters with the Hornady Match 140-grain ammo, so that was first up for five-shot groups from 100 yards.

Here are the first eight "official" five-shot groups fired from 100 yards. The lower left target is the cold bore group, all in one hole with the Hornady Match 140-grain ammo.
Here are the first eight “official” five-shot groups fired from 100 yards. The lower left target is the cold bore group, all in one hole with the Hornady Match 140-grain ammo.

As you can see from the target photo, all five shots went into one enlarged hole with all impacts not only touching but overlapping. I measured the center-to-center of this group at .33 inches. The second group with the same ammo opened up a bit to .82 inches. All subsequent groups hovered between the half-inch and .9-inch range, so I have to assume that this rifle especially likes a cold barrel. I shot everything at a slow pace but did not completely cool the barrel to ambient temperature between groups. I did have to get this done in one afternoon, and I didn't have a barrel-cooling AC unit handy.

Here’s what I measured with the other ammo types – all five-shot groups from 100 yards.  

Group 1Group 2
Hornady Match ELD 140-grain0.330.82
Sig Sauer Open Tip Match 140-grain0.920.87
Hornady Match ELD 147-grain0.560.89
Hornady Precision Hunter 143-grain0.820.91

While there, I set up a chronograph and recorded muzzle velocities of each load. Next time, we’ll be running ballistics for longer range shooting and truing up turret adjustments so we can build a data sheet for actual bullet drop and scope adjustment for a range of distances. 

Velocity (feet per second)Energy (foot-pounds)
Hornady Match ELD 140-grain2,657.52,195.8
Sig Sauer Open Tip Match 140-grain2,507.51,954.9
Hornady Match ELD 147-grain2,680.52,345.7
Hornady Precision Hunter 143-grain2,565.52,090.2

Interestingly, the heavier Hornady Match bullet had a slightly higher average velocity. Per factory specs, the 140-grain has a 2,710 predicted speed while the 147-grain load posts at 2,695. Weird, but it's likely a lack of precision with my chronograph. I don't use the $30K models that ammo factories have in their labs.

I’m anxious to see if I can whip up some hand loads to wring even more accuracy from this rifle. Typically, factory ammo has to fit in a wide variety of guns, so it can’t be “hand fit” to a specific chamber. On the other hand, Ruger claims that they cut tolerances to the bone in the chamber and with headspace in the Precision Rifle, so the “factory ammo slop” may not be as dramatic. We’ll make some loads with premium projectiles backed a couple of thousandths off the rifling and report back what happens when we cover building a data book for this rifle. 

My overall impression of this rifle is simple. It’s a lot of gun for the price. The MSRP is $1,599.00, but I see them selling in the $1,100 range online. That’s not chump change, but considering what’s in this build and how it shoots, that seems like a deal to me. 

Stay tuned, and you may not even have to buy your own. This one could be yours!


Tom McHale
Tom McHale

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  • 37 thoughts on “Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5mm Creedmoor, a Lot of Gun for the Price

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    2. I live in Alberta and I ordered a 6.5 creedmoor in left hand in predator with green stock.it was order the end of June ,I’m still waiting,I ordered it through R.T. Firearms in Warburg but he’s still waiting,problem.?

    3. Excellent article packed with information, Thank You. I am a mid-range competitive shooter currently using a Savage Model 12 F-T/R 308 rifle w the heavy 28″ barrel. I’m looking at entering the long range competitions at 1000 yds. All I have read says the 6.5 CM is superior, all my personal carry weapons are Ruger, love their products! My question for this rifle is- can this barrel withstand the heat of 20 rds in 20 mins repeated 3 times? Or does the barrel get too hot at that ROF to hold it’s accuracy? I’m hoping you say yes because the $ is competitive with my Savage.
      Thank again for such an informative piece.
      Kevin in Indianapolis

    4. I own a Ruger American Predator in 6.5 cm and love it , I have a $3500.00 6i swar. optic atop it , I can’t count how many feral hogs it’s sent to the happy hunting ground from 225 yards to 100 99% killed at night under feeder lights , my son in law calls it the death stick and bought one too, I have lately built a PSA AR 10 in 6.5 cm love it but the AR 10 platform is so heavy , last month I built a PSA AR 15 in the new 224 Valkyrie caliber and I am very impressed with it and a lot lighter , I am using a Vortex Strike Eagle in 24 power on the AR 10 and 15 and love these combos

    5. The 6.5 Creedmore is just another creature of marketing
      A .243, or 6×52 mm an old fashion .243 will out perform it by a country mile. It fits an AR 15 platform is the only thing.The velocity of the 6.5 Creedmore i s very mundane.
      ties

    6. Yea 300 utra mag is great gun but loud and recoil is really bad…I’ve got used to my 6.5 creedmoor.no recoil and not loud at all. Got plenty of engery for white tail deer..shooting cheap federal 140 gr soft point the best..half in groups at 100 yds..

    7. I’ve been enjoying my RPR in 6.5 Creedmore now for a couple years.I recently swapped barrels on mine trying to tweek a little more accuracy at a mile.I swapped the stock barrel out for a 26inch Rainier arms flutted Stainless barrel and topped it with a viper muzzle break also in Stainless which resembles the one they put on Barrett 416.but the Viper has 4 adjustable top jets that hold you on target while firing.I’m doing my own loads in 140.grn.143 grn and 147 grn .the new barrel and muzzle break have reduced the overall kick by 30% ..
      I’m running a Vortex 4.5×27-56 on top .and I am impressed every time I pull the trigger.

    8. Back when I was shooting long range I was using a 300 utra mag with 150 gr nosler ballistic tip hand loads and at 1000 yds it was bad ass…

    9. I can take my old lady’s Mossberg Patriot 30 06 with a 150 gr Winchester ballistic tip and it will smoke my Savage axis 140 gr federal…so what yardage does the creedmoor out perform

    10. I own a Gen 2 Ruger Precision Rifle, I absolutely love it. Out of the box my rifle was about a minute of angle, 20 rounds in and I am constantly printing half minute or better. Dollar for dollar I can’t imagine a better rifle. We recently bought the Mrs. a new rifle and decided to go with a different rifle just so we had something to compare and went with the Bergara BMP 14 and as nice as it is I think it doesn’t justify the $500 difference in price over the Ruger.

    11. I do all whitetail deer hunting with the savage predator 6.5 Creedmoor with the burris eliminator 3 optic mounted to it. The scope is only limited to about 800 yds but the accuracy is Amazing. So when the RPR came out, I was all over it. Fitment of the vortex viper PST and a Whitt muzzle brake, say no more. And I soon found that mine eats the Hornady ELD MATCH 140 gr the best as far as factory loads. But there is a trade off its definitely not for humping around from ridge to ridge all day, but on the ground or on the bench, it’s absolutely no problem.

    12. 6.5 is a joke..my Savage is set up 3in high at 100yds..it dropped 2in high at 200yds and it drop 7in at 300..you call that a long range gun? 30 06 will smoke it .

      1. 30-06 is a great cartridge but 6.5mm performs far better at long range. At 1,000 yards, the “standard” 6.5mm Creedmoor 140-grain match bullet drops 341 inches (where I am located) while the “standard” .30-06 168-grain Sierra Matchking drops 401 inches. 30-06 definitely does not “smoke it” at longer ranges.

        1. Compare with the same bullet weight… A 140 will always drop less that a 168, use common sense. “Loading” your 6.5 defense doesn’t make it right.

    13. I recently bought a RPR in 6mm Creedmoor and this is the best rifles in my vault! I shoot 105g Nosler Competition bullets at a speed of 2960fps and the rifle shoots at a kilometer as if it is nothing! Think it wil do 1.5 km as well with ease! Great rifle!

    14. I have to wish that every firearm reviewer would write an informative, concise, clear layman’s wording as does Tom Mchale in his reviews. I learned all that I needed to make an informed decision on the RPR. I have not yet had the privilege of shooting the 6.5 Creedmoor and just as in an earlier reply, this disabled 61 yr.-old isn’t going to be buying one anytime soon. I predator hunt with a Rock River 20 in. stainless barreled AR with an A-1 stock. I use a fixed 6X Leupold and 43 gr. Hornadys. A 5.56/.223 Magpul mags and a Harris bipod. I have no use for a RPR/6.5Cr but like all enthusiasts, Iwant one! I do so enjoy distance shooting but predators is where the fun’s at!

    15. So Ruger offers a little sibling in the 22 precision rifle, now will Ruger be willing to offer the grown-up big brother in 338 Lapua?

      1. .338 Lapua would be fun… But better still; how about a “Big Daddy” version chambered to utilize M33 Ball (706.7 grain) or M903 SLAP (Saboted Light Armor Penetrator)? Then we could talk long-range seriously over coffee.

    16. Certainly an extremely well written view. Informative in every respect. Ruger is, in my opinion, perhaps one of the most innovative manufacturers out there. The particular caliber this test gun is chambered in is all the folks at my local “ chain box store” gush about. Whether or not 6.5 Creedmoor survives the test of time is debateable. Personally, I just don’t think it will- too many other similar rounds that will do the same thing already out there. But the 6.5 is what it is for now- no matter what the future holds. So, if you like the round, you’re right- this Ruger should please you.

      1. Absolutely agree Ruger is a superior company, my intro to long range is a ruger American predator 6.5crd. The 6.5crd is awesome, extremely flat shooting n yes it is the hype right now. But i dont see it fading anytime soon. I love it, very happy as i am with my other ruger rifle. I see myself purchasing RPR 6.5crd in the future.

    17. I like what I can & read. 6.5 is unknown to this 66 year old triggerman. Read about it, like it, know I would be impressed. Being retired the price vs. need isn’t in the fixed income range. But, this article certainly hit all my bells. Well done

      1. I see were your comeing from with price tag, I made the investment in one and have not looked back it is a fine long distance gun. I enjoy shooting the RPR the only draw back is that it is quite heavy. Other than that its a perfict gun.

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