Big-Boy Feel on A Budget: The Ruger Precision Rimfire – SHOT Show 2019

In 2016 Ruger broke down the walls surrounding long range precision rifles and proved it was not sacred ground where only custom guns dared tread. Since then, the Precision Rifle Series (PRS) and other competitions have had amazing growth, in part, due to the availability of the affordable Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR). However, as budget friendly as the RPR was one still had to spend top dollar on ammo… until now.

A standard RPR-sized bolt handle gives this rimfire a big-gun feel.

The Ruger Precision Rifle in .22 Long Rifle makes training for long range much less costly while still giving you the feel of shooting a full-sized rifle. It is a 22 bolt-action rifle and barrel dropped into a molded, one-piece chassis featuring an adjustable buttstock.  The length of pull has a range from 12-to 15.5-inches so it can be tweaked to fit just about everyone.

For low-cost precision practice or small game hunting, this Rimfire RPR is the ticket.

One of the most important features of the Precision Rimfire is the “big-gun bolt throw adjustment,” as it allows the shooter to “change from a rimfire 1-1/2” bolt throw to a short-action centerfire 3” bolt throw, reducing the chance of short-stroking your bolt in competition.”

A fully adjustable stock gets the shooter in line with the optic for precision shot placement.

The scope base has a built-in 30 MOA for shooting the .22 LR out to greater distances. The 15-inch handguard has plenty of room for mounting a bipod or working on barricade positions. The barrel is threaded 1/2×28 for the installation of a suppressor, if desired, and comes with a thread protector.

The Ruger Precision Rimfire is equipped with a 15-round magazine but takes standard 10/22-style magazines that have been around for decades.

Specs

  • Calibers: 22 Long Rifle, 17 HMR, or 22WRM 
  • Barrel Length: 18 inches
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs.
  • Length: 35-38.6 inches
  • MSRP: $529

Ruger hasn’t only gone small with the RPR, it has also gone big, adding Magnum Rifles to the lineup, including a .300 Win Mag version and a .338 Lapua version.  Perfect for those wanting to try their hand at extreme long-range shooting.  For more information visit Ruger.com.

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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • JLA August 6, 2019, 5:44 am

    It’s a Magpul MOE grip, not an A1.

  • JLA August 6, 2019, 5:44 am

    The M14 was recommissioned for the GWOT because it was the only thing available at the time, and even then most were upgraded with modern adjustable stocks. (Those that weren’t got the old sleeping pad and duct tape upgrade.) In the years since the GWOT began the M14 has been replaced with new .30 caliber AR variants.

  • Michael Christensen February 6, 2019, 9:36 pm

    Why the standard A1 style grip? So many better choices out in the real world.

  • Glenn61 February 5, 2019, 7:28 pm

    Eh,,, looks like the designer was high on something while drawing up the plans fort his nightmare.

    I still prefer the full size Monte Carlo style rifle stock.

  • blg February 5, 2019, 5:11 pm

    Walnut not Oak

  • sls4ak February 5, 2019, 1:33 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment on ugly assed ar platform being over represented.

  • Burton Lee February 5, 2019, 11:20 am

    This is truly the age of the ugly gun. I am so sick of hearing the word “tactical”, usually used by all the faux “operators” out there. I wish we could go back 25 years when we didn’t have to look at all this AR styled crap.

    • Jeremy Haynes February 5, 2019, 1:45 pm

      Oh cuz everyone wants an outdated heavy oak stock that gets scratched every time you take it out of the safe which drops resale value.

      • AJ February 7, 2019, 11:55 pm

        Your argument is kind of invalid. Most of those “heavy” oak-stocked guns are passed down to the next generation as heirlooms. The original owners weren’t thinking of resale value, as you can’t put a price on passing along knowledge. They are what a lot of avid shooters today learned on. Maybe you should take your arms out of your purse and that soy latte wouldn’t be so heavy.
        Besides, I have a Marlin pump gun (heirloom) that is lighter than this thing.

    • KCsmith February 6, 2019, 6:41 am

      Yes, let’s regress to a time of lower performance.

      Or maybe you should just try to keep up.

      • AJ February 7, 2019, 11:58 pm

        You do realize that the M14 was recommissioned for the war on terror because of its performance right? It’s performance made it more viable in intermediate range engagements than the M16. But right, old age means lower performance. Oh wait the 1911 has been around for how long? Got it, good talk.

  • Jeremy Haynes February 5, 2019, 8:41 am

    My grandson can’t grow up fast enough. This thing is perfect for a little dudes first PRS rifle

  • Patrick Colahan February 5, 2019, 8:12 am

    Excellent design, similar to my FTR rifle, plus I won’t have to burn out my custom barrel for practice. I have one on order and have a Vortex Viper HS-T 6-24×50 waiting to be mounted.

    About the trigger, can it be fitted with a Timney? I would like to set it up same as my FTR using the same Timney 517 trigger with the same pull weight.

    Patrick

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