Ruger Precision Rifle | 6.5 Creedmore

Ruger Precision Rifle | 6.5 Creedmore

~ Author: Garrick

In recent years there has been a host of new calibers released. I can tell you I’m not one to jump on the latest trend regarding anything. I like things that are tried and true.

In a word, dependable.

So, why did I decide upon the 6.5 caliber? There’s a good story behind it.

Back in July, 2018 Shannon and I took a trip with Sage Rat Safari out to Eastern Oregon where we shot out to a mile (how is that for cutting to the chase). I was having a great time blasting sage rats during the two day’s we were out there, and I didn’t want to pass up an unusual opportunity to shoot out to a mile.

Unfortunately, on this particular day the winds were high, at 10 -12 knts and getting worse. Honestly, I wasn’t hopeful we would hit anything at a mile with the wind ripping.

We had two guns to work with, one was in 6.5 Creedmore and the other in 300 win mag. Having shot 300 win mag quite a bit, I was familiar with how it performs. Conversely, I had never shot anything chambered 6.5 Creedmore. Now, I wasn’t a sniper in the SEAL teams, but I learned a few things along the way. I learned a few more things at the Leupold Long-Range Precision Course, held at Madras, OR. Shannon and I attended, and that was our first formal block of long range precision training.

Pat, from Sage Rat Safari confirmed the mile shot with the laser range finder and we began setting up to shoot the mile despite the high winds. We popped up some tents along with some really nice collapsible bench tables and in short order the tents began blowing away. We stopped again to tie the tents down and by the time we got done, the winds were kicking at 15 knts and gusting to 20. I was not expecting to hit anything even though the wind was behind us for the most part, pushing at a 45º angle.

Pat, Brian and Tom are awesome, great guys! And great at calling wind as we found out. I was first up on the 6.5 Creedmore gun. Tom and Pat began calling wind and I was holding about 7 minutes left to compensate. It was tricky and with two guys calling wind, they weren’t always saying the same thing. I was forced to choose one or the other, or split the difference, which I often did.

After firing ten rounds, it was Shannon’s turn and she jumped up on the same gun, however aiming at a different target about a 100 yards away. Shannon fired her ten rounds, then Pat and I jumped into the truck to drive a mile down range to check the targets.

Upon inspection, we found I had two hits on steel. Not so bad from a mile, I thought.

Then, we drove a 100 yards over to Shannon’s target. Upon inspection, my jaw dropped open. She had 5 out of 10 hits on steel. Pretty decent! But here’s the clincher, all five hits were in a group as big as my thumb! Three of the five rounds were touching in a group the size of my thumb nail. The other two were just outside and all were within an 1 ½.

Without saying anything, I stood and stared at the steel, waiting for Pat to walk up. Pat looks, then looks away not seeing the group. Then, he bent down in disbelief and looked back at me, speechless. I shrugged and said, “Did this just happen?”

Pat said, “I painted the steel myself, it was clean.”

I’m asking myself, should I be embarrassed? She out-shot me.

Then it me, Shannon is like Rain Man on the gun. And, with that I chose to be proud of her. In fact, I think she has the potential to be a world class shooter. Stroke of luck, yeah maybe, sort of. But, a stroke of luck doesn’t come in groups of 5 at a mile. It also says a lot about the gun and the 6.5 Creedmore round.

We shot a lot that day in high winds, gusting to 20 knts. Every time we went down range to check targets there were hits on steel with the 6.5. The 300 win mag did well, but not as well as the 6.5.

The 300 win mag rifle was custom, about an $8,000 set up. But, it didn’t outperform the 6.5 Creedmore gun that was off the shelf and at a cost of about $2,500.

By the time we rolled out of there a couple of hours later, I was thoroughly seeing the magic of 6.5 Creedmore. And I was left thinking, “this caliber rocks the Casbah.”

My experience that day led me to look deeper into 6.5 Creedmore. Everything I read and everything I heard from other shooters is that it performs really well at long range. I am intrigued by the big calibers like 300 win mag and larger, but for now I’m going with this as my first long range precision rifle caliber. It's fairly cheap to shoot and I think it will be a great compliment to my Ruger Precision Rifle where I can get started learning the long range game with.

This Ruger Precision Rifle’s bang for the buck is pretty awesome. Seriously, shop around and try to find a gun with more features and better reviews. Out of the box, what I’m loving about this gun first is the big bolt handle, it’s large and in charge. Next, is the collapsible stock. I don't know, I just like the idea of making it shorter if I need to for some reason. The stock is actually quite nice and I was able to get that dialed in for length and height.

 

 

I’m calling this thing the Reaper, formerly known as the Ruger Precision Rifle (RPR) it’s equipped with a 15" Free-Float M-LOK handguard. I have to be honest, M-LOK looks better, but KEY MOD works better. New enhancements include a Hybrid Muzzle Brake, which is said to reduce recoil by 40%. The Precision rifle ships with two, 10-round Magpul® PMAG® magazines which is cool, right?!

But, after looking into this gun I read that some of the older style M-14 magazines will work. As I happen to have a few lying around, I loaded one up and hell yes, it fit quite nicely. It actually locks in easier than the Magpul mag does.

I ran about a 100 rounds through the gun, just cycling the bolt to ensure the magazines were feeding properly. They worked great. Then, I fired 40 rounds live fire while sighting in, again no issues.

I love the idea of having a 20 box mag on a bolt action rifle.  Not that I've heard any cool stories that would make me think this but, when the shit hits the fan, having a big box mag on a bolt action gun can be a great thing!  

It takes my M-14 mags and it takes all 20 rounds!

Ray, one of the Red Frog Instructors and former Special Forces Sniper helped me get set up with a Vortex® Viper® PST™ Gen II FFP Riflescope on top. One shooter I came across who had the exact same set-up said he was getting groups around .35 to .25 of an inch at 100 yards using Prime Norma 130g ammo. He also stated, at 1000 yards he was hitting 3 inch groups consistently.

To date, all I’ve shot out of my rifle is the Hornady ELD 147 gr. and the Hornady ELD 143 gr. The 143 gr. shot better groups. The best group fired being ½ inch at 100 meters. For certain, all the reviews I’m reading on this gun say this thing is a tack-driver.

Ruger did this thing right!

Another thing I like is the fact that every part on it, is not custom. There aren’t a bunch of strange quirky parts that I can't easily replace. This thing is like a trusty pickup, you can find parts at the NAPA store down the road.

Also, I’m loving that it’s like a custom long range precision rifle, in that it incorporates all the best features of an expensive custom. I’m no rocket scientist, but I’m also pretty sure Shannon is going to want one of her own.

Most of the features:

  • In-line recoil path manages recoil directly from the rear of the receiver to the buttstock, not through a traditional bedding system, providing maximum accuracy potential.
  • Cold hammer-forged chrome-moly steel barrel with 5R Rifling at minimum bore and groove dimensions, minimum headspace and centralized chamber.
  • Patented multi-magazine interface functions interchangeably with AICS and M110/SR-25/DPMS/Magpul-style magazines (works with some M14 magazines).
  • Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger is externally adjustable with a pull weight range of 2.25 to 5 pounds; wrench is stored in the bolt shroud.
  • Ruger® Precision MSR stock with QD sling attachment points features a bottom Picatinny rail and soft rubber buttpad. The left-folding stock hinge is attached to an AR-style buffer tube and accepts any AR-style stock. Length of pull and comb height are adjustable.
  • Medium-contour (.75" at the muzzle) barrel features a Ruger Precision Rifle® Hybrid Muzzle Brake to effectively reduce recoil while minimizing noise and blast to the sides of the shooter.
  • 15" free-float M-LOK® handguard is made of hard black anodized aluminum and features M-LOK® slots on all four sides for improved scope clearance for long-range scopes and easy mounting of M-LOK® compatible rails and accessories.
  • Ambidextrous manual safety for left- or right-handed lever manipulation.
  • 20 MOA Picatinny rail secured with four, # 8-40 screws for increased long-range elevation capabilities.
  • "Upper" receiver and one-piece bolt are precision CNC-machined from pre-hardened 4140 chrome-moly steel to minimize distortion.
  • Three-lug bolt with 70° throw features dual cocking cams and a smooth-running, full diameter bolt body. Bolt body is nitrided for corrosion resistance, smooth operation and durability.
  • Barrels can be replaced easily by a competent gunsmith using AR-style wrenches and headspace gauges.
  • Magazine well front is contoured for a positive grip when bracing against shooting supports.
  • Oversized bolt handle for positive bolt manipulation, with a 5/16"-24 thread pattern for easy replacement. Bolt disassembly tool is stored in the Ruger Precision Rifle® Billet Aluminum Bolt Shroud for easy striker channel cleaning.
  • "Lower" magazine well halves are precision machined from aerospace-grade 7075-T6 aluminum and are Type III hard coat anodized for maximum durability.
  • Extended trigger-reach AR-style grip and 45° ambidextrous safety selector. May be configured with any AR-style grip and selector.

Also includes: two, 10-round Magpul® PMAG® magazines.

Firearm Specifications

  • Model Number: 18029
  • Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
  • Stock: Folding Adjustable Length of Pull and Comb Height
  • Barrel Length: 24"
  • Barrel: Cold Hammer-Forged 5R Rifling
  • Twist: 1:8" RH
  • Grooves: 5
  • Weight: 10.7 lb.
  • Capacity: 10
  • Height: 7.30"
  • Overall Length: 43.25"-46.75"
  • Length of Pull: 12" - 15.50"
  • Folded Length: 35.60"
  • Width: 3.30"