Ruger is adding a new .450 Bushmaster Scout-style bolt-action rifle to their catalog along with a .223 Remington Ruger Precision Rifle. The company is also expanding their American pistol series and updated LC9s.
The new .450 Bushmaster rifle is built on their Gunsite Scout action with a compact 16-inch barrel. The whole gun weighs just 6.6 pounds making it easy to carry in the field. Overall it measures 37 inches long and the length of pull can be increased with spacers.
Chambered for .450 Bushmaster the newest Gunsite Scout is a solid medium and large game-getter. The .45-caliber cartridge is intended for short- to medium-range hunting and shoots flat out to about 200 yards.
Scout-style rifles are designed to accommodate a forward-set long eye relief scope. With a low magnification scope it’s possible to shoot with both eyes open for fast and accurate target acquisition.
And while the Scout rifle was originally intended for military and police users its modern niche is in hunting. The rifle has quick peep sights as well as a barrel-mounted Picatinny rail for scopes and other optics.
Ruger’s take on the Scout rifle uses a traditional American walnut stock with standard sling swivels for slings and bipods. To help with recoil the stock is compact with a generous buttpad and the barrel is fit with a large compensating muzzle brake. The barrel is threaded for other muzzle devices as well.
The .450 Bushmaster Gunsite Scout is priced at $1,199 which puts real-world pricing in the $900-$1,000 range.
In the small-bore category Ruger is adding a new Precision Rifle, or RPR, to the company catalog. The rifle is chambered for .223 Remington and 5.56 NATO. This means the rifle can shoot longer, heavier bullets suited for long-range shooting.
The market for high-precision .223 rifles is growing fast. Not only are these guns popular with competition shooters they are also favored among small- to medium-game hunters and varminters everywhere.
The Ruger Precision Rifle, originally chambered for the .308 Winchester family of catridges, has achieved high marks for accuracy and affordability. Adding a .223 model seems like an obvious next move and hopefully indicates a new series of intermediate cartridge options.
The RPR is built on the Ruger American Rifle action with a completely modern chassis. It has a free-floating barrel and fully-adjustable stock for precision. The chassis houses an AR-pattern pistol grip and uses a modular KeyMod handguard.
Compared to the Scout the RPR is a heavily overbuilt gun weighing in at just under 10 pounds without the optic. The RPR has a sizeable muzzle brake and combined with the weight shooting even the hottest .223 Remington loads recoil will be a non-issue.
The rifle uses oversized AICS-pattern magazines for longer, heavier bullet weight options. The chamber is cut for .223 and 5.56 NATO and the barrel is cold hammer-forged with 5R rifling for accuracy.
Ruger’s RPR sports features usually associated with custom to-order rifles, so its $1,599 pricetag is particularly low. If you’re looking to get in on long-range small-bore action this gun leaves a lot left over for glass and other accessories.
Ruger is also adding a new AR-556 with a reduced-capacity magazine for states with magazine capacity limits. The AR-556 is a very economical AR-15-style rifle with carbine-pattern barrel and stock assemblies.
The company is expanding their handgun offerings with distributor-exclusive LC9s and SR22 pistols. Gallery of Guns is now carrying an LC9s with a Muddy Girl camo finish and Talo now has yellow and turquoise two-tone .22s.
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And to top it all off, Ruger is adding another American pistol to the family. The new subcompact American is chambered for .45 ACP, feeds from double-stack 10-round magazines and is priced at $579.