January 2016

Rifle Stats: Ruger Precision Rifle 18005 6.5 Creedmoor, $1399

GUN TESTS GRADE: A-

Adjustability and AR-15 ergonomics make this rifle appealing and easy to shoot. It displayed noticeably more consistent accuracy with heavier bullets.

Ruger Precision Rifle 18005 6.5 Creedmoor

ACTION Bolt, 3 lugs, parkerized finish
OVERALL LENGTH (min/max) 42.25 in./47.25 in.
BARREL 24 in. long, 1:8 twist, parkerized finish; fluted, 5/8"-24 threads
OVERALL HEIGHT (w/o scope) 7.3 in.
WEIGHT UNLOADED 10.75 lbs.
WEIGHT LOADED 11.25 lbs.
SIGHT RADIUS N/A
MAGAZINE CAPACITY 10 rounds
MAGAZINE TYPE Detachable box
BUTTSTOCK Adjustable, folding; anodized aluminum
BEDDING Modular free float
BUTTPLATE Rubber, adjacent cant
LENGTH OF PULL (standard/set) 12 in./15 in.
HANDGUARD Keymod, Picatinny
RECEIVER SCOPE-BASE PATTERN Picatinny
TRIGGER PULL WEIGHT 2.6 lbs.
SAFETY Rotating thumb
WARRANTY N/A
TELEPHONE (336) 949-5200
WEBSITE Ruger.com
MADE IN USA

Ruger Precision Rifle bolt action lugs

More sophisticated than the other two rifles, the bolt action of the Ruger Precision Rifle showed three heavy lugs. Not similar to Ruger’s Hawkeye or Mark II actions, the bolt is proprietary and mates with Ruger’s “American” rifle-series design.

Ruger Precision Rifle folding stock

The folding stock helps with transport, as well as providing step one in removing the bolt. The hinge was sturdy, but it had no provision to lock open. Different shooters were accommodated for length of pull and for comb height, which was locked into position using cam levers. The Picatinny rail along the bottom can be used for attaching a monopod or as a platform for rear bag support.

Samson 15-inch Evolution handguard

Samson’s 15-inch-long Evolution-series free-float handguard carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $219. This points up the modularity of the Ruger Precision Rifle as well as its value. The plug-like fitting was for a QD or “quick detach” sling loop. Mounting is via the Key Mod system that serves as a pegboard-like grid.

Comments (2)

I agree with the above poster. The catch can be difficult to manipulate when new but it definitely will lock the butt stock in place when folded open. I also agree with Gun Test's opinion that the rifle would most likely be carried in a case with stock extended. Unless you have a very wide hard case, the rifle is too wide to fit into most hard cases with the stock folded & I own many soft cases, none of which will accommodate the rifle with the stock in the folded position.

Posted by: GWDean | November 23, 2018 10:39 AM    Report this comment

When you say there is no provision for locking open, do you mean no provision for locking in the folded position? It does have a provision for locking in the folded position. You flip the catch (seen in your above photo to the lower rear of the folded stock) downward.

Posted by: KEWLKAL777 | August 31, 2018 9:59 AM    Report this comment

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