Starter Precision Rifle?


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Precision rifle is about to take a new twist, 22lr Precision Rifle. This is like time warping back 10years and starting over for me...well almost. With a new match coming to town, NRL22 and a new match at DSRPC I find myself trying to gather an education on the subject.

Coming from a 10 year history of using my own handholds where I control the entire loading process, going to bulk processed 22lr ammo is scary at best. Most of what I've seen in Precision/Target rifle design for 22's seems to be wrapped around much tighter tolerances. This seems to be an attempt level out the inconsistencies within the ammo.
Here is what I currently use for my 22lr. It's a Savage FV Mark II in a Boyds stock. I have an Athlon Talos BTR 4x14x44 on it. The CZ455 will probably be the preferred 22lr along with the custom Ruger 10/22.

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QD...if you want a bolt gun id suggest a CZ455...

if you want a semi auto id suggest you spend the money and buy a Kidd...

this is at 50yds with my Kidd supper grade....

the Kidd will shoot SK pistol under an 1" at 100yds. i have 3 barrels for my CZ455 and all three will shoot under an 1" at 100yds.

personally i love my Kidd but i prefer my CZ455...only because its a great trainer rifle and more closely mimics my surgeon...i like the CZ so much i bought a GEN2 PST for it...i shoot it pretty regularly out to 300yds.

be careful the 22s are like crack LOL!!
6.5 CM Ruger Precision Rifle

I really like my gen. 1 RPR in 6.5 Creedmoor. I put a Bushnell ERS 3.5 - 21 x 50 scope on it with a Horus H59 reticle.

With factory Hornady 140 gr. ELD-M ammo I can get 1/2 MOA fairly regularly and never bigger than 3/4 MOA.

Yeah, there are a lot of other good competition rifles out there like the Savage Ashbury but I feel the RPR gives at elast equal accuracy and more for the money than any of the similar or higher priced options.

Eric B.
This is my set up, a Savage 12 LRP in 6.5 Creedmoor, topped with a Vortex Viper 6-24x50 FFP scope with the EBR02C reticle. With scope base, scope rings, Vortex bubble level and scope caps put about $2000 into this rifle. Have not as yet done any reloading, but with Hornady 140gr match ELDs get 1/2 MOA repeatedly out to 300 yards (have yet to push it further - photo shows 4-round group at 100 yards as an example). Edit - this one might be on the chopping block - medical bills and trying to build a business - not a good mix lol.



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My metal AI and Accurate mags are getting a little beat up and not running correctly. At todays match I decided to take the factory mags that came with my RPR out and use them. That was not a good decision. I had multiple failures to feed or similar events. I came home and worked on my old metal mags and hopefully got those back into operating condition again. I also ordered a few of the new Ruger branded AI-style polymer mags. I've heard good things about them from a few people.
I have a GA Precision Crusader in .308 with muzzle brake and a Vortex Razor HD EBR-2C scope with an Atlas bipod on it. I have 4 10 round magazines for it since I bought while I was still living in CA. It has been a safe queen for several years. It is a heavy rifle and almost feels like carrying an M60 and not my weapon of choice to take to the range. Should it remain a safe queen or should I consider selling it? I am not getting any younger.

I also Spartan Precision in 6.5 Creedmoor almost outfitted the same but a Vortex Razor HD EBR-2C Gen II which my weapon of choice. As you know it is a real flat shooter and not affected by the wind so much.

I am in Carson City and want to know if there is any other range longer than the Carson City range.
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I bought a Gen 1 Ruger Precision Rifle and would make the same purchase today if I wanted a GOOD, ACCURATE entry precision rifle that won't require a 2nd mortgage. My present scope is a Bushnell ERS 3.5 - 21 x 50 W/ H59 reticle. I'd get a Bushnell XRS II andH59 reticle if I were doing it again.

But when I hit the lottery I'll get a Barrett MRAD with 6.5 CM and .338 LM. barrels, bolt heads and magazines. That rifle is one of the very best long range bolt guns on the planet.

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My latest build Total budget build but its a tac driver. Going to do some Cerakote soon. Ruger America Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor, Magpul stock, VG6 epsilon brake, Athlon Helos 6-24X50
I had a 6.5 CM Ruger American Predator. I put a Timmy trigger on it and later a Boyd's Classic laminated stock. (It's pictured to the left as my avatar) Got 1/2 MOA regularly with Hornady 140 gr. ELD-M ammo.

THEN... while hunting I lost two cartridges from the chamber in two days. GUESS WHAT? The d@mn bolt would not lock!
So I sold it and then sold the Boyd's stock separately. Sad to let such an accurate rifle go but I could not abide having no bolt lock.

Next I bought a 6.5 CM Browning X-Bolt Pro with bronze Cerakote on everything, stainless barreled action, fluted and lapped barrel, fluted bolt and bolt handle and carbon fiber stock. This rifle also shoots 140 gr. ELD-Ms into 1/2 MOA. But for the price it had better do so!
Yeah, it was kinda spendy but it is a beautiful rifle. Still have my SWFA SS 3 - 15 x 42 scope on it that you see in my avatar photo (mil/mil) but may get a MARCH 3 - 24 x 42 scope for it. (That MARCH scope is $300. more than the rifle but that's usually the case of rifle-to-scope cost ratio.)
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Disclaimer: I am a total long range shooting noob so take my post with a grain of salt, but I settled on the following after much research:
Ruger Precision Rifle and Bergara B-14 BMP, both in ... .308 win :eek: . About $1.1K each.

Will be putting a Vortex Viper PST Gen II FFP 5-25x50 (~$1K) on the Bergara and start practicing with it. If I get into it more, I might buy another scope. Again, I have zero experience other than reading a lot of forums online, so do your own research.

6.5 CM is objectively better, but in a SHTF scenario, and for practice, .308 is cheaper and more widely available, and that mattered more to me.

If price is a concern, I read good things about the Savages. Vortex is a decent scope manufacturer and they have cheaper models too. If your budget is $1K, you could probably get away with a $500 rifle and $500 scope, and see if you like it.