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RUGER PRECISION RIFLE (RPR) Gen 3

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RUGER PRECISION RIFLE (RPR) Gen 3
2019

RUGER PRECISION RIFLE (RPR) Gen 3

By: Sal Palma

What would you pay for a rifle that ships with a Gen 3 has the 15″ free-float M-LOK(r)
fully adjustable buttstock for length of pull and handguard made of hard anodized aluminum
comb height? How about, if it was built on a and features M-LOK(r) slots on all four sides.
lightweight chassis and fed from a 10 round The 12 o’clock rail was eliminated to provide
detachable magazine? Now, what if that same clearance for long range optics with large
gun was capable of sub minute of angle objective lenses. The bolt body is nitrided for
accuracy right out of the box? corrosion resistance, smooth operation and
durability, Gen 3 also ships with a hybrid muzzle
This level of performance usually requires the
break.
gifted hands of a custom rifle smith, a
significant lead time and about $3,500 to The first thing I noticed when shooting this rifle
$5,000. Yet Sturm, Ruger & Co. was capable of was its relatively low recoil, even without the
delivering such a rifle at a street price of $1,200 muzzle brake installed. Its recoil impulse is
- 1,300. Shazam! markedly lower than most similar caliber rifles
I’ve fired. Everything on this rifle is aligned in a
In this review, I’ll take you through one of the straight line so the recoil is dissipated and
best values in a precision rifle on the market, directed back to the shooter’s shoulder. It
the Ruger Precision Rifle Gen 3. literally shoots like a .223 with virtually no
Before getting into the nitty gritty details, I’ll muzzle flip.
answer a question that comes up frequently –
what are the differences between the various
RPR Generations.

The Gen 1 did not have the muzzle brake and it


had the Samson Evolution handguard.

Gen 2 has the re-designed Ruger handguard,


aluminum bolt shroud and hybrid muzzle break.

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RUGER PRECISION RIFLE (RPR) Gen 3 2019
Like the Gen 2 version, the Gen 3 RPR ships with Contributing to its exceptional accuracy is also
a two chamber hybrid muzzle break. Ruger the Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger; this is
claims a 58% reduction in the recoil impulse. an externally adjustable trigger with a pull
The RPR break is removable exposing 5/8 x 24 range of 2.25 to 5 pounds.
threads for attachment of additional muzzle
devices or a suppressor. The company’s My review sample came in at approximately 2.5
engineers took all of the pain out of timing the lbs.
muzzle brake by using an external jam nut that
locks the muzzle brake in place once properly
aligned. Removal and installation of the muzzle
brake could not be easier.

There are a number of factors accounting for


the rifle’s organic accuracy but at the very top
of that list is its 20 inch hammer forged medium
contoured 5R barrel.

The RPR’s trigger breaks cleanly and crisply not


quite the feel of a tuned rifle but extremely
5R refers to its rifling. Standard rifling is close. Its barrel, chamber and trigger all
stepped, meaning that you have sharp corners. contribute to exceptional accuracy for an off
5R rifling does away with the sharp edges using the shelf rifle.
rounded or ramped rifling. The legendary M24 My range session consisted of sending some
built on the Remington 700 action used 5R .308 Win 168 gr. Federal Gold Medal Match and
rifling as well; its accuracy was superb. 150 gr. TULA 100 yds. down range with some
very satisfactory result.

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RUGER PRECISION RIFLE (RPR) Gen 3 2019
Ruger was ingenious in its decision to pattern
the RPR after the AR. That path opened a
superfluity of options for owners.

Any grip that fits on the AR platform can be


used on the RPR; the use of an AR receiver
extension opens the door to several mil-spec
buttstocks, like Magpul Industries PRS® GEN3
Precision-Adjustable Stock; the RPR’s safety
selector is fully ambidextrous and functions like
the AR selector; and the bolt even locks back on
an empty magazine, something that took me a
couple of magazines to get accustomed to.
I fired all rounds off a bipod with no other
support. The TULA 150 gr performed
satisfactorily with some vertical stringing. The
168 gr. FGM did extremely well, as expected. It
will take a couple hundred rounds to break in
the RPR barrel at which time I expect to see sub
MOA groups especially with some RUAG
Ammotec SWISS P.

The RPR features a left side folding stock


adjustable for length of pull and comb height.
Although the Ruger buttstock is flexible and
comfortable it left something to be desired.

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RUGER PRECISION RIFLE (RPR) Gen 3 2019
I would give serious consideration to upgrading Manufacturer Specifications:
to a Magpul PRS. The conversion is something
that can be readily done without sending the  Stock: Folding, Adjustable Length of Pull
RPR to a gunsmith - replace the receiver and Comb Height
extension with a full size rifle variant and install  Finish: Type III Black Hard-Coat
the PRS, done. Anodized
 Barrel Length: 20"
 Barrel: Cold Hammer-Forged, 5R Rifling
 Thread Pattern: 5/8"-24
 Twist: 1:10" RH
 Grooves: 5
 Weight: 9.8 lb.
 Capacity: 10
 Height: 7.30"
 Overall Length: 39.25"-42.75"
 Length of Pull: 12" - 15.50"
 Folded Length: 31.60"
 Width: 3.30"
The icing on the cake for me was Ruger’s multi-  Suggested Retail: $1599.00
magazine interface, which functions
interchangeably with AICS and M110/SR-
25/DPMS/Magpul-style magazines. Ruger ships
the rifle with two Magpul 10 round magazines.

I’ve been behind quite a few pricy precision


rifles: Accuracy International, Ashbury
Precision, Sako TRS, Remington MSR, CZ 750
and KAC M110, all superb weapons and each
has something to love, but if you showed up to
the party wearing Ruger’s RPR you shouldn’t
feel out of place. Ruger delivered a highly
modular rifle of exceptional performance at an
M.S.R.P. of $1,599, making it the best value in
precision rifles on the market. It is a great entry
point into precision shooting worthy of your
serious consideration.

-SP

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