One of the things I have learned over the past few years is that you have to use the equipment that works for you, regardless of what others do. While precision rifles (PRs) are often used for shooting competitions, I have found that a PR is a wonderful hunting firearm for me. Although a PR is heavy, I don’t walk with my rifle, and I like that the weight gives me a solid base for long distance shots. When Ruger released its Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor, and cerakoted it with Old Glory, I knew I had found my new favorite hunting rifle.
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As with any Ruger, this rifle is made with quality pieces. I gleaned the descriptions from Ruger’s website, and listed them again here:
As soon as you open the box, this rifle begs to be taken to the range. I willingly obliged. After mounting a Crimson Trace CSA-2624, 6-24x56mm scope, the entire package weighed a little more than 13 pounds. It’s not something I would want to lug around all day hiking up a mountainside, but perfect for a day at the range or for riding next to me in my Action Track Chair while I hunt.
I zeroed in the rifle in no time, and soon I was checking the accuracy at longer distances. I started with the rifle on my Caldwell Lead Sled, but I couldn’t get quite comfortable enough for the longer distance shots, so I switched over to using sandbags as a stable foundation. I would be hunting with Federal Premium Barnes TSX, 130 grain ammunition, so I started a new ballistics chart using information from the Federal ballistics calculator and the adjustments from my shots. After tight groups on the 100- and 200-yard targets, I reached out to the 300-yard metal target with quick success. As has become my custom, I like to leave the range only after ringing the 550-yard gong, and this day was no different. The Ruger is an incredibly accurate firearm.
I really enjoyed shooting this rifle! It feels solid and well made, and I like the movement of the large bolt and light trigger. After making adjustments to the stock, it fits me like a glove. The recoil is barely noticeable, and it shoots flat and accurately. Even though many of the parts can be easily exchanged, I don’t see myself making any changes in the near future. I don’t know if I will ever take Old Glory to the competitor’s field, but I know this Ruger will be my new best friend as I head out hunting soon.
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Ashlee Lundvall writes a blog titled "Redefining Life," that follows her rise from a debilitating injury as a teenager to Ms. Wheelchair USA in 2013. Her first book, "A Redefined Life," was released in February of 2016, and she was recently invited to join the National Pro Staff for Mossy Oak and the NRA’s Disabled Shooting Sports committee, and is on the President's Council for Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. Ashlee is also the recipient of the 2017 SCI Foundation Pathfinder Award. Ashlee truly shines as a keynote speaker at outdoor industry and disability related events and conferences. She is passionate about mentoring newly injured patients, and loves to pass on her love for adapted outdoor recreation! View all posts by Ashlee Lundvall