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Old 08-12-2009, 07:23 AM
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Re: Ruger Predator

Thats the trouble, it's an order item way over here in New Zealand so at the moment so I'm trying to gather all info I can from you guys
The Savage equiv is here but... I do like the look of the Ruger
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:21 PM
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Good Luck. Let me know if I can answer any more questions for ya.

For what it's worth, I owned a Savage Predator .204, and a Cooper Phoenix .204.......if I was to get a new factory .204 the Ruger Hawkeye Predator would be at the top of the list. It's a great looking rifle (and at least my buddy's shot really well) and a very good weight for calling critters.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:24 PM
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If it was me, I would pass on the Ruger. It limits you in aftermarket parts - especially scope rings. If you've got Savages in your neighborhood, that would be a better option.
I'm not gonna shoot here. I'm gonna shoot waaaaaaaay over there!
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:03 PM
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Thanks guys
I'll wait awhile and see if I can compare the Savage and Ruger side by side.
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Old 08-23-2009, 05:45 PM
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I have one that I bought a few months ago. I put a Leupold Vari-x3 on it in 4.5-14x50LR. I did not get to shoot it for a month or so because I needed the larger 30mm scope rings and Ruger was out of stock. They will give them to you for free if the rifle is new and you need them. I have been shooting factory Hornady v-max in 50gr. I am not a bench rest shooter. I actually need a lot of practice still. For me the rifle shoots really well. I can keep it within 1.5inches at 200yrds. I love the trigger on it. I want one for my M77 7MMRem. I have not done anything to it. I am going to start to reload for it later this week.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:15 AM
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I bought a ruger predator in 204 several months ago. I did not shoot it until recently when I mounted at nikon 4.5 x14.5 on it. I have taken it to the range serveral times now, and really like it. It does have a heavier contour barrel, but not a full blown heavy target barrel. The target trigger is nice right out of the box. It has a little bit of take up and then it breaks real nice. I see no need to adjust mine as it has a lighter trigger pull than most of my rifles which I usually have at around 3 lbs. As for accuracy, all I have shot is 32 gr. hornady v-max factory ammo and if I do my part, I can get half inch groups easily. I would recommend this rifle to anyone. The best part is that rugers are still more reasonably priced than alot of other rifles. I am a big time remington man, but my safe still has quite a few rugers. Hope this helps!
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:01 PM
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Re: Ruger Predator

which ruger predator, the hawkeye (rhp) or american (rap)?

if the rap, i don't where it's in the stores yet and ruger is saying june.

but, aside from the very slightly heavier barrel with threaded end for a suppressor or brake, and the green synth stock, rap just an ras (ruger american standard). not that either are "bad" rifles ... a guy had an rar at the range this past weekend in .243win and with a cheap scope was doing near 1" three round groups at 100yds with run-of-the-mill federal rounds. i was impressed. yeah, maybe he got a fluke, but dang, i ordered one out this past monday in .243win. ymmv.
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