Bought a Ruger precision rimfire,... any tips or tricks?

Discussion in 'Rimfire & Smallbore' started by Lefty Trigger, May 8, 2019.

  1. Lefty Trigger

    Lefty Trigger Gold $$ Contributor

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    Just purchased a new precision rimfire and looking forward to getting it even though I had issues with Ruger in the past and swore I'd never own another Ruger. Any tips or tricks with it, things to watch out for, must have things to get for it??
     
  2. bubba68

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    I bought one a few months ago but have only gotten to shoot it twice. The first time was at an indoor range to get the scope initially sighted in the second time at an outdoor range and got it tweaked in at 50 yards but not fine tuned yet.

    I would recommend a decent scope and a bipod to start off with. I have read on other posts where some rifles seem to shoot better with the thread protector off and a couple posts where guys have put a muzzle brake on it instead of the thread protector and they said that helped to tighten up the groups. You will have to try several different brands of ammo to see what it likes best.
     
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  3. LESLEY

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    sell it now and get a different 22. The longer you keep it the more money you will spend and lose
     
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  4. MihiT

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    1) Buy lots of bullets.
    2) Shoot lots of bullets.
     
  5. daleboy

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    @ LESLEY...I take it you had one and did extensive testing ? What are the major issues you ran into ? What ammo did you use for testing ? It would be beneficial to all considering a Ruger if we had some detailed info.
     
  6. Peebles24

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    Just depends on what your goals with it are and your expectations. You saw my trials and tribulations with my mark ii savage. I wanted sub .5 moa, was not a realistic goal with my savage. Not to say there arent some really fantastic factory guns, but dont expect br accuracy.

    Test a very wide variety of ammo extensively you may have a great rifle there and i most certainly hope you do.
     
  7. LESLEY

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    there have been a few show up at a match I shoot at. Most have mag and FTF issues. Accuracy with factory barrel is ok around 3/4 to 1 inch at fifty. At 100 I have not seen a factory one keep all shots in the 10 ring. There is one guy who rebarreled with a Lilja barrel the is making progress. There should be another one at the next match with a Shilen barrel. I am going to rebuild my son inlaws starting this weekend. Im going to Pickup his barrel Fiday we should be done with the action work by then. Ill let you know how it shoots. Cost will be around 600 for the rebuild. Add 450 for the gun he is at 1050. To get the gun to shoot
     
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  9. Delfuego

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    They can be good shooters, but that may also be luck. We had one win Hoser's rimfire match, so some of them shoot!

    However, don't invest any money into upgrades, you will never get any of it back. I would test a bunch of ammo and find a winner. Then shoot the heck out of it and enjoy.
     
  10. LESLEY

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    get an RPR don't put money into it. If your happy with a rifle that wont win matches it wont matter. ALL I can tell you is an RPR 22 sucks, I HAVE A TON OF 22s THE RPR HAS TO BE ONE OF THE WROST EVER BUILT. There is very little market support. They rush the rpr to get in on the tac. shooters
     
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  11. cmillard

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    Try it before you make changes. I had to put a aftermarket barrel on it to get any consistency and accuracy
     
  12. Rsadams

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    Like anything else some shoot great and some so so from what I have seen.... I think alot of the problem is that it's real hard to find a $350 rifle that shoots like a $1200+ hand built custom rifle or even one with a aftermarket barrel that cost almost as much as the original rifle did.... Like any other .22 you have to find the right ammo and most don't shoot well until you get a brick or two down the barrel....the wobble in the factory extended mags can be fixed with a wrap of electrical tape to tighten it up in the receiver... Should you have to..? No of course not , but it's a cheap fix or you can shoot the factory 10 round 10/22 mags in it...

    Just like anything else there are lemons produced that get out but I have never had a problem with Ruger C/S... I have a Ruger American Rimfire that shoots CCI standered velocity into half inch groups at 50 yards and a nikon p-rimfire scope so I just stuck with it , my friend has one that shoots as good , both with the short barrels... Yet I hear people on the internet say theirs won't shoot at all... Problem is it's rare that people actually post good reviews , normally only bad ones because their mad... The internet is a big place , so theres alot of opinions good and bad... I say take it out and shoot it , get the right ammo and get it broke in and then make a decision...
     
  13. Straightshooter1

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    Well, this IS a "factory" rifle . . . so, if you're lucky, you'll get one that shoots great and if you're unlucky, you'll again not want to ever own another Ruger. And I guess a lot depends on your expectations.

    I've had mine now for over a year now. I got this as a trainer as my center fire is a .308 RPR. Initially, there were some issues as I do think they rushed this design to market and let quality control suffer.

    At the time my bolt didn't cycle smoothly and after cutting my finger pretty good on an edge of the long groove in the bolt, I filed down the sharp edges and the bolt then cycled rather nice afterward and even better as time went on.

    The big issue I had with mine (as did many other owners at that time) was the failure to eject where the case just kinda flopped out and often just staying in the chamber. This was especially so with BX15 mag. I though it was the ejector in the mag assembly that wasn't working properly, and manged to get it to do the ejecting, though still rather weak. I had to bend the ejector spring so that it held the case more firmly when extracting and that helped with the ejection too. But, I found out that when the mag is in the mag assembly, it's the mag that is designed to eject the case and not the ejector. So, I looked and found that the reason my mags weren't doing the job was because the mag assembly wasn't holding the mag high enough. A little shimming under the mag assembly raised it up enough so that now ejection is consistent, though still somewhat weak.

    Accuracy wise, after a few hundred rounds the groups tightened up nicely (relative to .22 LR ammo) and once I found the ammo that factory barrel liked best, I'm please with the gun. When I bought the gun, I had plans right off for swapping out the barrel since the factory barrel is a "target" barrel rather than a "match" barrel. So, I did that after about 1000 rounds with a Shaw barrel and have liked that result.

    A lot of people don't like the stock being "plastic" and I think there's some good reason for that in that putting much pressure on a cheek weld really seems to affect accuracy a lot. I get best consistency when hardly touching the stock.

    To match the set up like on on my RPR, I replace the grip of like kind that helped eliminate imparting any twist movement in my trigger pull. And, I removed the trigger tension spring to bring my over all pull to under 1# like my center fire gun. These changes made good improvements for me.
     
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  14. TheOtherZilla

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    If you want it right send it to Randy at CPC.. The two piece bolt usually has issues. Randy can get the thing right for~$200. Ruger and Precision is an oxymoron IMO..
     
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  15. Rsadams

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    I have read that the problem with the ejection on the bx15 mags was because they fit loose.... The wrapping of the mag with tape seemed to fix that but it's crazy that you have to do that.... Did it do it with standered 10/22 10 round mags..? I read were they didn't have the same problem because they fit correctly.... I also hear ya on the machine work my American is rough to put it nicely , but it shoots very well for the price....
     
  16. LESLEY

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    You are right. It cost to fix the problems it leaves the factory with. Its name should be RMR Ruger Money Pit
     
  17. miningshawn

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    I purchased one and so far it has been good news. I tried quite a few different types of ammunition that was locally available and found 2 that shot below 1" at 50yds.

    I know this isn't an Anschutz or a CZ - I bought it being well aware of that. It is an excellent trainer for my .308RPR; and, it's been a ton of fun to shoot the pistol and rimfire range at my local club. I bought it to shoot - a lot - not to rub with a diaper and brag about online and for that it is great. Any Ruger that you purchase will get hate poured on it, don't let the haters get you down.

    I have not even loaded the factory provided 15rd magazine. I have only used the Ruger 10rd box magazine and have had a couple of ejection failures in over 1000 rds. For these failures I only had to turn the rifle clockwise and shake.

    It took 300-400 rounds to "settle down" for me. Now I shoot consistent .5-1 MOA at 50yds and that is good enough for me. It's a fun and cheap option to develop good habits for my larger rifles. Shoot it and enjoy! 20190311_171748.jpg 20190311_171817.jpg
     
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