Ruger Predator accuracy?

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  1. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    Hey all! So I just looked at a ruger predator in a 6.5 creedmoor. Im looking for a gun that will shoot 1/2 moa or under. Has anyone ever used this rifle? The only thing that worries me about the ruger is accuracy. I haven't heard a whole lot of good things about ruger when it comes to accuracy. Can some one give me some help on this gun? Big Sky has told me that they are real shooters. I was going to build a remmy 700 but I don't have the $ for that. :(
     
  2. BrentM

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    I have had several rugers and they all shot fine. The only rifle that never shot real well is my mini 14. 1 MOA is the best it would do.

    Savage Predator Max, 111, or a model 116 all work and have the right stuff for a budget minded shooter. My buddy has a 12 LRP but it is too heavy for my liking, nice rifle though.
     

  3. Creedmoor shooter

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    I looked at savage and the only thing i dont like is the looks... hate the looks. what is your average group with your rugers?
     
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    220 swifts, one shot .125 to .25, the other .5
    280 was .5
    243 was .3 to .5 depending on day. Light barrel and finicky.
     
  5. MudRunner2005

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    I have 2 older Ruger 77's (old skeleton stock/stainless rifles) that will both put 3 in 1 ragged cloverleaf with my reloads.

    However, reading and listening to other people's experiences over the years this hasn't been a common thing, so I might have just gotten 2 good ones.

    However, I have only owned 1 rifle that I couldn't get to shoot no matter what...And that was my recently purchased R700 in .338 WinMag. It's a mid-to-late 90's rifle (serial dated), so I'm pretty sure it's just been shot alot, and/or, the harmonics of the big .338 bullets are too much for the little 24" sporter barrel (which is what I'm leaning towards), because it will shoot the cold bore shot frickin dead-nutz...But shots 2 and 3 are kinda scattered and random. It'll shoot 1 to 1½ MOA, which will still kill a deer at 300 yards, but I am not really a fan of the caliber, so it's getting converted Friday to a 7mm RemMag, with the new barrel I just bought.
     
  6. Creedmoor shooter

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    Thanks for the help guys! Ive heard a lot of good things about this rifle. Any good suggestions on what glass to put on it? I have a 500 dollar budget(which sucks I would like to put a nightforce on it).
     
  7. Creedmoor shooter

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    My dad has a old m77 in a 7mmRm. 20 year old rifle with the same description of those rifles you mentioned. We haven't tried to work up a load for it Because neither one of us really likes to shoot it! Kicks like a mule and it hurts to shoot it lol! But I have tried factory ammo and I get 1- 1 1/2.
     
  8. MudRunner2005

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    Yep, one of mine is a 7mm-08, the other is a 7mm RM. The 7mmRM weighs about 6.5 lbs with a scope and ammo, and it's quite a mule kicker. Better be holding on to it when you pull the bang-switch.

    I don't mind the recoil, although pretty much everyone else I know will never shoot that gun ever again, after the 1st time.

    I'm getting ½ MOA out of it with my 160 NAB's and Reloder 19 combo. It's a nasty lightweight whitetail rig. Although it stays in the safe mostly these days because of how rare they are, I'd sure hate something to happen to it.
     
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    The only thing wrong with Rugers is very few after market accessories.
     
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    What is the data on that load for your 7rm?
     
  11. MudRunner2005

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    Nosler 160 Accubond
    60.0 Reloder 19
    Fed 215 primer
    Winchester Nickle brass
    C.O.L. = SAAMI Spec - 3.290"

    Shot like Thor's lightning bolt...I was super impressed. I think it was the perfect powder (faster burn rate) and quantity because that ruger has a short 24" sporter barrel on it.
     
  12. Creedmoor shooter

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    Thanks ill give that a go and we will see what happens. The rifle doesnt shoot bad but i just dont like to target practice too much with it. After about 5 shots im all done lol.
     
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    Sub Moa is a reachable goal with a factory rifle. Sub 1/2 MOA is custom rifle territory. You might get one factory in thirty that will shoot 1/2 MOA consistantly.
     
  14. Creedmoor shooter

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    My dad owns a t/c icon precision hunter in a 6.5 creedmoor and i can get under 1/4 moa all day long. my brother has a bowning a-bolt in a 280. I also can achieve 1/4 to 1/2moa with that gun.