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Ruger Hawkeye Mark IV Varmint Target 17980 6.5 Creedmoor

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Maybe we should ding its grade further due to its rough bolt action, but in terms of accuracy, the Hawkeye deserved an A.

Ruger Hawkeye Mark IV Varmint Target 17980 6.5 Creedmoor

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Ruger laminate buttstocks are time proven to be as strong as they are handsome, not to mention much less prone to warping than solid wood. Our Hawkeye VT featured a blacklaminate stock with a wide, flat forend ideal for benchrest shooting.
Most Ruger rifles, including the Mark IV, Model 77, and Mini semi-automatics offer a scope base integrated into the receivers. Our Hawkeye VT was shipped with matching proprietary rings, but we preferred mounting a $33 Burris Ruger-to-Weaver adaptor for greater flexibility in terms of ring choice and eye relief. Scope alignment was more complex, however, because each base was windage adjustable.
The Hawkeye rifle utilizes a Mauser-type controlled-feed bolt action. Lockup was very strong but we found loading from the internal box magazine to be difficult. Top-loading single rounds was smooth in comparison.
The $1139 6.5 Creedmoor Ruger Hawkeye MK IV Varmint Target rifle was adept at benchrest shooting. The Ruger featured a heavy laminate stock with wide forend and a 28-inch-long barrel. Loaded with Hornady's 143-grain ELD-X Precision Hunter rounds, we were able to narrowly outshoot the much more expensive Desert Tech SRS-A1 rifle.

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