Ruger may not always light the world on fire like they did with the Ruger Precision Rifle, but they can generally be counted on to not sit back and rest on their prior accomplishments. This year’s trip to the Ruger booth at Media day saw some minor improvements on existing lines, but the changes they made were worthwhile. First up is the Predator series which gets the addition of 6 mm Creedmoor and a scope bundle.
Instead of dropping the “other” 6 mm offering in .243 WIN, Ruger has elected to chamber for both in the hopes that the market will decide which direction to go. After only one day on the ground here in Vegas, I’ve already seen a lot of 6 mm Creedmoor rifles out and about, and I expect that if Hornady backs this like they did 6.5 Creedmoor, there will be a big uplift in interest in the 6mm.
Ruger’s new rifle in 6mm Creedmoor is a pussycat, especially with a can on the end. Offhand shots at 100 were no problem, and the utter lack of recoil made for easy shot calling. As I expected, nothing else has changed, so the trigger is great while the ergonomics of the stock still leave something to be desired.
Rounding out improvements to the Predator line, Ruger is now offering a scope bundle for four of the chamberings they currently list – .223 REM, 204 Ruger, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 WIN. The scope in question is the Vortex Crossfire II 4-12 x 44. MSRP on the scope bundled rifles will be $699 with the non scoped rifles at $529.
These aren’t landmark shifts for the Ruger line, but they do add a bit of variety in the cartridge lineup at a very affordable price. As soon as factory 6 mm Creedmoor ammo starts rolling off the line, we’ll be picking up one of these rifles for test and evaluation.