Ruger is no fresh name or new player in big-bore and long-range sport shooting, but when they announced the Ruger Precision Rifle people took notice. Half AR and half Ruger American Rifle, the Ruger Precision Rifle or RPR was a tactical tour de force, a commercial long gun that showcased qualities often associated with sniper and counter-sniper rifles and other leading practical shooting rifle designs in a modern and affordable package.
Now Ruger is updating their relatively-new design with the Enhanced Ruger Precision Rifle, or ERPR. It incorporates a handful of improved components based on user feedback and will be produced in both .308 Winchester and 6.5 Creedmoor. It seems that .243 Winchester wasn’t a big hit with the RPR crowd as Ruger’s updated model will not include models chambered for a third cartridge.
The updates include a new in-house handguard, a noise-reducing muzzle brake and an alloy bolt shroud. For now, Ruger will continue to offer the ERPR alongside the original RPR as long as existing parts stock allows, but the company plans to phase out the first-gen RPR in favor of the current model.
Although the RPR has only been around for a short while it’s proven to live up to the hype. Mass-producing a rifle built to shoot reliably, accurately and repeatedly as far out as 1,600 yards is no small feat and Ruger pulled it off. The improvements include a ported and compensated 5/16-24 muzzle brake–the original came with a threaded barrel but only a thread protector, no real muzzle device to speak of–a billet machined 6061 hard-anodized aluminum, not polymer, bolt shroud and modular handguard system.
Instead of the earlier railed handguard the ERPR uses a tubular free-floating handguard without a 12-o’clock rail for added scope clearance to accommodate optics with larger objective lenses. The rail is drilled and tapped so that users can still attach top-mounted accessories like night vision systems in front of the scope. The handguard also has KeyMod slots along the other sides of the handguard for other accessories like bipods and sling slots and swivels. The handguard has also been flattened across the bottom to add stability when shooting off a rest or barricade.
The other elements that have set the RPR so far apart from much of the competition are all still there with the ERPR. Ruger is not cutting or dropping features with this update.
The ERPR uses the same receiver, action, and barrel system core to the gun’s solid performance. The action is designed to be easily broken down for maintenance even in the field with the integral tool kit and the receiver is machined with a 20-MOA flattop rail standard, no special optics mounts necessary. Both the receiver and the magwell are machined from 7075-T6 billet aluminum.
The magwell is compatible with both AR-style side-catch magazines as well as AICS-pattern rear-catch mags. The rifles ship with a 10-round Magpul PMag.
With the bolt closed, the bolt extension can be unlocked and, along with the fully-adjustable stock, folded and locked to the side. The tool-free stock can be adjusted for length of pull and cheek height in addition to folding for storage and transportation.
The cold hammer-forged 4140 chromoly steel barrel and both .308 and 6.5 models feature 5R rifling, a pattern favored by many long-range shooters. The .308 model sports a fairly standard 20-inch barrel while the 6.5 Creedmoor takes things out a little further with its 24-inch barrel. The barrels have a medium profile to balance hot-bore accuracy and light weight. Give or take these rifles weigh around 10 pounds without optics
With these changes comes a new price point. The suggested retail price of the Enhanced model is $200 more than the original at $1,599. It still packs a lot of value in a nice package, but it means that sub-$1,000 street prices are probably a thing of the past–not that many vendors were listing the RPR that low in the first place. It’s also possible that Ruger may have underestimated the cost to produce these guns and is adjusting the MSRP accordingly.
These changes represent an incremental improvement to an out-of-the-gate winner by addressing some of the problems, or at the very least, shortcomings discovered by early adopters. The price may be steep for some but for many this is still going to be the precision long-range bolt gun with the best price-performance ratio as far as the eye can see.
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