Ruger Precision Rifle Upgrades

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For the better part of the last year I have belonged to an internet group called Ruger Precision Rifle Shooters. It seems that about 75% of the members are always changing out parts in terms of making their Ruger Precision rifle look and, I guess, shoot better. It's a real big deal.

Because the Ruger Precision rifle can be regarded as a great starter rifle in the high performance long-range shooting market, it almost goes without saying that the buyer, once settled after the purchase, can start to make changes to the rifle because the entry cost was very affordable in the first place.

One common starter point in terms of moving the basic chassis rifle into an area where as it can be used very efficiently is the installing of a bi-pod system. Bi-pods come in a varied number of sizes and types. Some are designed for prone position shooting, while others are built to use sitting or even standing.

1. BT47-LW17 PSR Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) Atlas Bipod

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This Accu-Shot BT47 LW17 PSR is designed as a tall Atlas bi-pod by brand designation. The unit measures 7.0-13.0 inches, and is a pre-loaded spread design.

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It is set-up for use on sniper rifles, according to the manufacture. I have not used the system, therefore I cannot attest to this information.

As I have been shooting rifles far longer then most readers have been on this planet, I can say the Harris bi-pods have been the mainstay of my go-to systems, and if this unit can measure up to a Harris pod, it has my vote.

The unit will link to any Weaver/Picatinny rail designed fore-end system on any rifle. Ruger's Precision is a perfect match for the lockdown system applied in this case.

The sticks are built from 7075-T6 aluminum that is Mil-Spec, and is a hard type-III coated and anodized product. These pods were designed for SOCOM OSR operations regarding sniper designated rifles.

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Based on this background information, I would suggest that these are indeed military-grade and could be considered by operators, police or paramilitary unit snipers. Sport hunters need also apply here as these pods seem to be classified as durable for mountain or swamp environments, where gear can take a pounding.

Ruger rifles at the forefront here are large weapons that have weight and mass associated with them. As such, it is best to consider a system that can take the stress of a massively big rifle as in the heavies, and a medium weight rifle in the smaller cartridge offerings.

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2. Magpul PRS Stock

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When it comes to restocking a rifle, a brand that stands out is the name Magpul. In terms of the Ruger Precision rifle, this is an easy turn round, and some of my associates in the field do indeed shoot these stocks in real world events.

Target steel challenge shooting and warm target coyote hunting, to name a couple of events, have been undertaken by my field buddies using Ruger Precision rifles with Magpul domestication. Why? Because the stock is a better fit when you're 250 pounds and 6.5 inches tall. Not that this is a requirement.

This buttstock mounts to rifle-length receiver sections as well as A5-length tubes with standard castle nuts and end plates (not included with a new stock). The enhanced butt plate will withstand recoil shock up to and including the 50 BMG.

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The butt pad retains a rubber butt plate that allows solid control of the rifle anchor point even when shooting heavy large caliber cartridges. As the Ruger Precision is offered in 338 Lapua, this is a distinct advantage.

The stock is fully adjustable for length of pull and cheek-rest height. The steel adjustment shafts are finished with Melonite for wear and corrosion resistance. All aluminum components are finished with MIL-A-8625F, Type III, class 2 hard anodizing. The stock retains swivel mounts, but the swivels are not included.

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3. Timney Trigger Ruger Precision rifles

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In terms of advanced development in drop-in aftermarket triggers, the folks at Timney are nothing but first class when it come to product quality. I have spent time at the plant in AZ and, as such, walked through the complete process of building a Timney Trigger from the raw material to the finished product.

When final assembly starts, one man is assigned to one element of the trigger and after that is completed it is passed down the line. Final inspection takes place in detail prior to the trigger ever being packed for shipment to the buyer.

All this takes place in a clean room environment where great care is taken not to contaminate the assembly process with junk material mixed into the final assembly.

Buying a trigger from this manufacturer is easy, and the company will adjust to your exact specifications prior to the trigger leaving the factory. The install is also simple as the triggers are designed as drop-in systems, leaving the gunsmithing to you or, if preferred, any competent trigger installer.

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Why would you want to install a trigger in a Ruger rifle after you have bought it? Because Ruger is using the design much like the first released by Savage in the “Accu Trigger”. This is a double-shoe system and, in some cases, shooters want a standard two-stage trigger versus this factory system as an install.

I can understand this as I have had the company send triggers for several Savage Arms-style triggers, and also as replacements for Remington Model 700 triggers as well.

Want to upgrade with a very high grade two-stage trigger that will push up your scores on targets? Turning to the Timney trigger is not the worst idea you could come up with, for sure.

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4. Ruger Precision Rifle Billet Aluminum Bolt Shroud

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Bolt shrouds are not generally big items when it comes to an upgrade on a rifle, but in the case the Ruger Precision, the factory shroud is somewhat on the less than attractive side. While it gets the job done, it tends to take away from the receiver of the rifle to some degree.

The post-purchase shroud offered here by Brownells is made very differently from the factory model in that it is a bolt part that is machined from a solid piece of aluminum and, as such, takes on a totally different character to the polymer model that comes with the rifle.

The material used on this part is a billet of 6061-T6 aluminum with a finish type III Mil-Spec hard-coated anodized material for strength and durability. The part installs on the bolt quickly without the need for any tools.

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5. Ruger Precision Bolt Handles

Because the Ruger makes use of a screw-in-style bolt handle, switching the factory handle out for a custom-built model is as easy as cleaning the bore of the rifle. It takes seconds and can’t fail result.

Today, shooters are dressing rifles like never before. Sometimes I believe just building up the rifle like a work of art is more important than shooting the thing.

The bolt is easy to install and can be obtained or re-painted in custom colors. Ruger is currently offering a variety of color combinations in their precision rifles through some of their dealer outlets. This is because the custom look has gotten to be a real major element within the sales area of this priced right rifle.

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6. Vertical Hand Grip Custom Modification For The Ruger Precision

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Here is a system that some shooters like and is handy when the rifle is being supported on one of the full-height standing position tripod systems, for example (sniper grade). These grips are built by Shift Manufacturing and are a skeleton model that will cut some weight when compared to some solid metal stock models.

Grips can stabilize a shooter's position, or allow easier control of the rifle in general when off hand-shooting or changing positions on the fly.

This advanced hybrid design is installed using the Picatinny rail mount, or keymod, which can be attached to the underside of the Ruger Precisions fore-end. Made from 6061-T6 aluminum, and meeting military specs, this is a nice looking and well-made custom option when applied to the Ruger rifle.

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There is a way to reduce weight on the larger Ruger rifles that are built as precision systems, and that is to check on locating an aftermarket fore-end. These can be obtained in ultra-lightweight materials that greatly reduce rifle weight, and also change the overall look of the rifle itself.

I have one specific brand to list for you here. The Brownells custom M-Lok system built by Midwest Industries Inc, for $174.99, is just what I am talking about here. This single change is a possible game-changer when you're trying to get weight reduced and rifle speed increased regarding handling.

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L.P.Brezny has been writing and reviewing products as well as how to projects for the past 50 years. He has authored four books on shooting with three on long range, and one covering shotgunning.(Amazon) With 26 years in a metro police department as a street officer and the rank of SGT / training L.P. has covered all the bases regarding weapons and street survival.

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