We planned to smoke two turkeys while together this past Thanksgiving, and we also planned to do other things than eat. Our big family (14 in total this year at the table, adults and children) set aside time for play. To us, that could mean a game of pool, a board game with the kids or … family day at the range. We opted for all three, and decided to take our new Ruger Precision Rifle, chambered in .308 WIN, out for some family range time during the holiday.
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Ruger Precision Rifle Time
Before taking this Precision Rifle out, I spent time getting it prepped. You can read about that process here, and learn or reacquaint yourself with steps any responsible gun owner should take in order to assure success on the range with a new firearm.
This isn’t the first time we’ve had our hands and trigger fingers on a Ruger Precision rifle. In fact, we shot one of the first ones off the assembly line a few years ago, in 6.5 Creedmoor caliber, along with one of the project engineers – Emily Houston Monroe – who happened to be at our place at the time. She was rightly proud of the rifle, as it handled and shot very well.
Our writer, Jen Barcklay, extols the virtues of this gun – in its 6.5 Creedmoor and .22 caliber (Ruger American Rimfire Long Range Target Rifle) versions. She has since purchased the guns and continues to compete with them. In fact, she wrote a helpful primer regarding how to get started in the world of precision rifle shooting.
We have a 400-meter range on our property, and in this case, I wished it were longer so we could see how the Ruger Precision Rifle would perform at the longer ranges. Since we live in the hills and hollers of the Ozarks, however, that’s just not possible on our piece of property – unless we shoot from hilltop to hilltop.
Our range is a great starting point, though, for a new shooter – such as my daughter-in-law, Paige. Paige feels comfortable behind a deer rifle and an AR-15. She can shoot those well all day long. How would she do with the Ruger Precision Rifle?
I had no doubts that she would enjoy it. Being a large rifle, and sporting either a muzzle brake or a suppressor, there’s very little noticeable recoil, and the stock can be adjusted to fit nearly any shooter. Here are several of the specs listed by Ruger at its website:
Family Day at the Range
We had a wide range of guns on the range that day, along with this rifle. One daughter-in-law honed her skill of being able to sit on the ground and shoot a deer rifle. That might come in handy in the near future for her, back in the mountains of North Carolina. Our 11-year-old granddaughter rang the gongs with an AR-15 at 300 meters. Paige, meanwhile, shot a few of the other rifles, but kept eyeing the Precision Rifle over on the far bench.
We have metal gongs (AR-500 steel plates that measure from one to two feet in diameter, depending on the range from the shooting point) suspended from stands at 100, 200, 300 and 400 meters away on our range. We’d already worked on checking the scope at 50 and 100 meters a few weeks earlier and then, zeroing it at 200 meters with the rifle, and we knew how the gun shot with various ammunition brands and loadings.
Our sons (one was Paige’s husband) grew up shooting, and they became huge fans of this gun over the course of this range day. So, we set Paige up for success with the first shot. It was up to her, and her execution of good shooting fundamentals.
Bang. She hit the first gong at 100 meters, and then readjusted for 200, 300 … and ultimately 400 meters. She never missed, even though she used the scope reticle to determine hold-overs rather than adjusting the elevation turret. She took instructions well, especially when it came to scope use at the different distances and understanding how much more the bullet would drop at 400 meters versus the shorter ranges.
Because of her delight as a new shooter with the (nearly) instant gratification because of the ding-dongs of the gongs, and how easily she adjusted to shooting the Ruger Precision Rifle, it’s clear this rifle could be the perfect addition to anyone’s collection of guns for days such as this one.
This will long be remembered by our family as the day Paige made the gongs sing.
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