I was wondering around a Sportsmans Warehouse and they had a Ruger American Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor for 120.00 less than suggested retail so thought I might try it to see how it did. I picked it up for 519.00. Curiosity attack took over and common sense walked out the door. I have always liked the three locking lugs on bolts as to me it just makes sense that it would put more even pressures on the bolt and line it up better than two lugs would. I like the 6.5 bullets performance in my 6.5x284 but haven't used the Creedmoor cartridge. So far, it's been not bad for what it is and it's a fun rifle easy recoiling, seems pretty accurate, and I'm not thinking I will mess up its looks easily it didn't start out as a piece of art to begin with. For me the biggest reason that I miss an easy shot is because I get complacent with them, awh, it's an easy shot so I just don't act like I should with them. I might rush the shot, push or pull the trigger side to side, and yes even flinch. With the longer harder shots, I tend to concentrate on my actions more so then it's me not my equipment when I miss. I can find myself loosing self-control and focus on the easy shots. It's like some people with an AR get excited and pray and spray because they have another round chambered before the recoil has subsided.
Dave, my Ruger American Predator in .243Win is one of my three working rifles.
Mine was one of the early ones that had the flimsy stock and it almost drove me nuts trying to get it to consistently group. I did everything I could think of to fix it, losing hair and patience that I didn’t have to spare.
I broke down and ordered a Boyd’s laminate stock in Classic style, bedded it and discovered that it is a consistent 3/4MOA rifle with my hand loads, irrespective of the weather or how much it beats around in the front seat of my work truck. I also put a Timney trigger in it.
Since I am fond of Germanic styles, I ordered the stock with the checkering and oak leaf pattern. It came with acorns in the oak leaves, so I named “Nuts” due to my mental state after struggling with it for so long.
Yes, it was more money than I anticipated but it has turned out to be the perfect mid-range coyote rifle.
Also, as a side note, Boyd’s offers a stock for the RAR Predator that converts it to accept AR mags. The stock comes with the replacement bottom metal including the mag catch, release and all parts as well as the different trigger guard and screws.
It is NOT for the .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, nor the.243 Win.
. It is designed for the .223 & .204 using AR magazines.