Upgrading the Ruger Precision Rifle
Back in July Ruger released their Precision Rifle to the masses for $999. When you consider the calibers offered, .243, 6.5 Creedmoor, and 308, as well as the features, 70 degee - 3 Lug bolt, folding stock, 20MOA rail, and the ability to use a variety of magazine types. This was a no brainer for a lot of people looking to get into Precision RIfle Shooting as well as PRS type competitions across the country. Until Ruger's rifle, you only real choice was to take a stock rifle and upgrade it (heavily) or go the full custom route which could easily run you $3500 or more. The Ruger solved a lot of problems, but since it was an entry level rifle, it created a few too.
Immedialtely people were asking for some changes, an upgrade path to follow in order to bring the Ruger in line with some of the other rifles out there.
Several companies stepped up, LongRifles Inc was one of them.
Chad Dixon at LRI started out with aluminum bolt shrouds as well as after market / custom barrels that were drop in. The nice part about the Ruger, it's Castle Nut and Jam Nut let you head space the rifle using the nuts vs having to machine it in. So guys like LRI and Patrior Valley who is also doing barrel upgrades can sell you a prefit barrel that works.
To keep costs down, Ruger used the Samson handguards, in the AR world these are very inexpensive. So Glen Seekins over at Seekins Precision started working to outfit his Triangle handguards for the Ruger. Others have followed like Midwest, so today ou can change out your Samson handguard very easily.
Another great feature is the folding stock. This makes it wasy to transport, easy to remove the bolt, and they incorporated a lot of adjustability in the design. Still there are some people out there who might want to change it out. Ruger used an AR Style buffer tube so you can easily use any AR 15 / AR 10 stock. In the video I swapped out the Ruger factory stock with an Magpul PRS. DId I have too, no, but I show you how in the video.
We still have to go out and shoot the rifle with all the changes, but for now we have a compilation video of the work we did. With everything changes out, Bolt Shroud, Barrel, Handguard, Stock, Grip, Safety, we still only brought the full cost of the rifle to $2400. The nice part of this is, now you have a semi custom build, you don't need a gunsmith to change 99% of the features, and you can change it over time. (You may want to gunsmith to help set the headspace on the barrel) Nobody says this needs to be done at once.
Hot Rodding our gear is a very manly thing, the versatility of the Ruger let's you Hot Rod it without breaking the bank or needing to ship it off for work that may set you back months.
This week we hit the range with the rifle, so expect us to report back with our results.