Ruger’s Exciting New 6mm Creedmoor Rifles—SHOT Show 2017

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The Ruger American Predator rifle is now available in 6mm Creedmoor.

Overview

I haven’t been shy about not being a huge fan of Ruger products in the past, with the exception of rimfire guns. This year, however, has been the year of change. I have heard nothing but good things about both the Ruger American Rifle, and the Ruger Precision Rifle, and that from serious shooters. I finally got to get some hands-on time at SHOT Show, and for once I am looking forward to a Ruger box showing up for a gun review. Two actually.

Ruger American Predator

The American Rifle series has been known since its inception as a very accurate piece. Ruger guarantees 1 MOA, but I have many range reports of closer to .3 MOA and none over .5 MOA from my various friends in the long range game. I cannot wait to get one for review so I can see for myself. Even if you can only coax out 1 M.O.A. though, you are getting a lot for your money. Lightweight, magazine fed, solid stock, and in a wide variety of calibers. The trigger is great out of the box, and the price is absolutely right. $529 MSRP, that is going to be hard to beat. The new variant in the exciting 6mm Creedmoor chambering is of particular interest to me.

Specs

  • Chambering: 6mm Creedmoor
  • Barrel: 22 inches
  • OA Length: 42 inches
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Stock: Synthetic
  • Sights: None
  • Action: Bolt-action
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 4
  • MSRP: $529

The Ruger Precision Rifle is now available in the new 6mm Creedmoor chambering.

Ruger Precision Rifle

The Ruger Precision Rifle (also now available in the 6mm Creedmoor chambering) is essentially the Ruger American dressed up in a tactical chassis, and that isn’t a critique. The barrel is a little heavier, and it runs off of SR-25/M-110/Magpul magazines, but the action is the same. The chassis system from first look seems well-designed, and has a lot of interchangeability with AR parts. Stock, pistol grip, and though they don’t specify, likely fore end as well.  This gun has already made a splash in the Precision Rifle series, and I am looking forward to testing one in depth.

So what is the new part of this, since those have both been released for some time?

6mm Creedmoor, in both rifles. While most manufacturers are just catching up with a 6.5 Creedmoor, Ruger has already made those, and jumped ahead to the 6mm. Good show Ruger, good show.

Specs

  • Chambering: 6mm Creedmoor
  • Barrel: 24 inches
  • OA Length: 43.25 to 46.75 inches
  • Weight: 10.8 pounds
  • Stock: Adjustable
  • Sights: None
  • Action: Bolt-action
  • Finish: Matte black
  • Capacity: 10
  • MSRP: $1,599

Price & Availability

Both introduced at SHOT Show 2017, both the American Predator Rifle and Ruger Precision Rifle in 6mm Creedmoor are available now for $529 and $1,599, respectively.

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  • Kevin January 25, 2017, 11:37 pm

    I appreciate the frustration of a seemingly caliber de jour, but there is a method to the madness. In effect, the more modern rounds (e.g, 6mm and 6.5CM ) are designed with the VLD bullets in mind… those heavy for caliber, long, high SD boat tails that are so popular for long range shooting. The offset of the neck in a cartridge such as 243 in relation to rim, plus neck length makes using said bullets harder, if not impossible to do. The new Norma kind of calibers are also designed with VLD bullets in mind.

  • Jerry hardy January 25, 2017, 12:12 pm

    Long been a fine of 6mm Remington cartridge, have owned one Rem Model 700BDL since 1970 purchased at old Oshmans in downtown Houston, Tx for $129.99. Later that year, purchased Remington Model 600 for my father at Carters Country for $69.00 when Treshwig Road was way out in the country. Still have both, but disappointed with availability of Remington 100gr Corliss. Will have to retire both due unavailability of ammo. Neither likes the only available which is hard to find Hornady Superformance in 95gr.
    Looking seriously at 6.5 Creedmore and will purchase mass quantities of ammo after determining which shoots best

  • BillyBob January 25, 2017, 10:49 am

    So what was wrong with the 6.5 ? Why not the 243 ? Left or right twist causes the bullet to move left or right ! The lighter the bullet the more the wind moves it ! The smaller the diameter the less stopping power ! Increasing the speed to makeup for the lighter weight bullets increases the friction ware on the barrel !\”E=MC2\” and \”E=mc2\”
    SOS with a different coating to SEPARATE YOU FROM YOUR MONEY ! Just another set of Dies & Bullets to buy !

  • BillyBob January 25, 2017, 9:38 am

    I am holding out for the 204 x 50bmg coming out next year that travels at hypersonic Mach 20 with a 26,000 mile range !
    It\’s a quick change barrel since the rifling is washed out with only one shot ! But you don\’t need tracers since it glows from the air on bullet friction ! If WALL-MART don\’t sale the AMMO I DON\’T BUY THE GUN ! KISS is an acronym for \”Keep it simple, stupid\” as a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960.[1][2] The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessary complexity should be avoided. The phrase has been associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson (1910–1990).[3] The term \”KISS principle\” was in popular use by 1970.[4] Variations on the phrase include \”Keep it Simple, Silly\”, \”keep it short and simple\”, \”keep it simple and straightforward\”[5] and \”keep it small and simple\”.[6]

  • Mark Gilstrap January 25, 2017, 8:24 am

    30 years ago, I bought a Remington Model 7 6mm, for my wife. I fell in love with the short length and quickness to sighting, so I started hunting with it, very manageable on stalks. Still have it and it put meat in the freezer this year. Wish companies would do more with the 6mm rather than coming up with new unnecessary calibers.

  • Powder Burns January 25, 2017, 4:53 am

    There goes Ruger making a gun nobody wants again. When will they learn? Creedmoore must be the new Fad. What’s next…..Chipotle?… I can almost hear it now… Me and brand new Chipotle .243/6mm wonder rifle are going hunting…. You heard it here first..😁

  • John Collins January 25, 2017, 3:51 am

    I would like to see a side by side comparison before Ruger makes a caliber that goes the way of the WSSM’s….6MM Creedmore? Really. Why would it be so much better than the 6MM Remington already out there? Why not just go with the 6mm-284- I had one of those made and I loved the accuracy. Then I noticed years ago Savage offered the 6.5-284 becasue of the inherent accuracy of the 6.5 so I am told. Heard the same thing about the 7mm bullet being such a flat shooter.

    Is all this just another way to sell more guns because there is nothing new out there???

    In 1976 I bought my first deer rifle at Carter’s Country on Treshwig Rd. in Houston. Paid $163.00 – That was expensive for a 16 year old. It was a Ruger M77 and in 1976 Ruger had stamped “MADE IN THE 200th YEAR OF AMERICAN LIBERTY” on the barrel. It was in 6mm Remington. Everyone said I should have bought the 243 WIn.because ammo was going to be hard to find. I never had a problem finding ammo even in small towns.
    I was discouraged buying the 6MM Rem becasue of the popularity of the .243 not becasue the 6mm Rem was not accurate or lacked power.

    My 6MM always out performed the .243 with just a little more ummph so that 250 yard buck would be meat for the table. Those I hunted with would not take the chance with a 243. ( Not that it (243) wouldn’t kill at that range, But they liked a sure thing) Now we are back with a smaller case, 6mm bullet that I wonder if there really is that much difference in accuracy than the 6mm Remington which can be loaded up or down in FPS.

    Seems to me that these 26 cal bullets whether 260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmore etc all have very similar speed under 3000 FPS so why would one 6.5 cal bullet going 2800 FPS be more accurate than a different 6.5 from a different size case going 2800 FPS ?
    Same question for the 6mm bullets.

    Maybe they should just build better actions instead of new calibers.

    • Kyle January 25, 2017, 8:46 am

      Questioning the power of a.243 win at 250 yds? That’s pretty much point blank range. Dropped many a deer at over 450yds with it. I agree though, the 6mm creedmore is a pointless cartridge. The creedmore originated as a cartridge optimized for semiautos for seat depth reasons. Then someone realized all the “dumb” gun nuts out there were infatuated with it forgetting that the more powerful 260rem existed. So they started chambering bolt guns in it for no reason other than marketing. Now they will make a big hype about 6mm creedmore and make those same morons forget about the 243 win and 6mm rem that are both more powerful.

      • Thom January 25, 2017, 9:21 pm

        The reason the Creedmores are superior over stock .243/6mm and 6.5s is two parts. 1) Their base twist rate allows them to shoot much heavier vld/uld bullet designs which makes them 1000 yard guns for match and better game guns for heavier game at range than that 1:9 Rem 6 mm and 1:10 .243 will handle. It is next to impossible to stabilize a full length 100 grain + high BC in a stock .243 and get real good accuracy at range. I’ve own two .243s and both start falling apart with 100 grain bullets with stock 1:10 twist rates. The Rem 6 mm has been essentially dead for decades now but its 1:9 could handle 100-105 grain loads well but is wasn’t as efficient as the .243 which was faster with varmint and mid weight bullets (same for .308 vs. 30-06 length differences). For hunting only purposes at normal ranges with either to choose now it makes little difference but then there is reason 2. Like the 6XC, the Creedmores are very efficient to load for the velocity they produce. The 6 Creedmore and 6XC will give you superior 6mm velocities to a .243 with the same bullet weight for the same barrel weight using significantly less powder. The Win .243 and Rem 6mm are not more powerful than the 6 Creedmore. You need a 26″ plus barrel length .243 shooting 100 grain bullets to even approach what the 6 mm Creedmore will do in a 24″ barrel and 107 grain bullets. These new breed of efficient 6mms will all shoot bullets up to 115 grain and much flatter than the .243 at long range. If you shoot a lot of match all this matters hence they introduce it in their match long range rifle. If you have a .243 now and use it for nothing but hunting at normal ranges you aren’t going to go out and replace it with one of these. If you don’t have a current 6mm, 6.5 and want one and do a lot of load development I wouldn’t touch a Win .243, Rem 6 MM, Rem 260 now.

        • Phil June 25, 2017, 5:10 pm

          Excellent post. The 6mm Creedmoor is superior to the 243 (which is a great caliber) and the 243 is superior to the 6mm Rem (which is a great caliber too but is, as you stated, essentially dead). I have a Weatherby 243 I purchased in the mid 70’s and it has performed like a champ with deer and on the target range. I am considering the 6mm Creedmoor because of the light recoil (like the 243 and 6mm Rem) but will most likely extend my effective kill distance by up to 150 yards or so if it performs as described. Looking forward to trying it out!

      • Tyler February 28, 2017, 12:43 pm

        Actually the creedmoor is easier on barrels compared to the 260 and it has nothing to do with the AR crowd but the fact you can seat high bc bullets out far enough to fit in the magazine

    • Greg Dietz April 6, 2017, 3:59 pm

      Lets get some brass and selection of ammo for the 6mm Rem. Why leave such a great caliber die. Nothing comes close to this great caliber….

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