Ruger Forges Ahead with Upgrades to Hawkeye and American Predator Rifle Lines
Never out-gunned, Ruger recently added three additional calibers to the acclaimed American Predator series and has moved forward with advancements to the favorite long-range Hawkeye rifle. The additions to the left-handed Predator models are throwing fuel on the fire of a rifle renowned for its long-range capabilities.
In the other popular move among firearm enthusiasts, Ruger amped up the Hawkeye rifle to include 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5 PRC cartridges. Hunters and target shooters alike may have become accustomed to the continuous cutting-edge advancements by Ruger, but these have more than piqued gun owners’ interest.
What to Expect from Latest American Predator Rifle
The moss green American Predator series has earned a reputation for high-level accuracy while not breaking the bank. The newer rifles have been improved and now enjoy studier and more secure stocks. There was some modest criticism of early products and, naturally, Ruger took actionable steps to provide a superior weapon.
That being said, the lightweight ergonomically-enhanced stock and rubber butt cushions shooters to avoid unnecessary recoil impact. The threaded barrel enjoys a heavier taper and is cold forged and hammered. With an adjustable pull weight running between 3-5 pounds, the American Predator offers maximum accuracy benefits. The recent updates to the left-handed bolt-action rifles include models utilizing 243 Winchester, 7MM-08 Remington and .308 Winchester caliber rounds.
Each of the three options comes with standard 22-inch barrels, 42-inch total length, at an unloaded weight of 6.6 pounds. Ruger’s latest additions are big wins for long-range shooting lefties.
What to Expect from Hawkeye 6.5 Creedmoor and 6.5 PRC Calibers
The National Rifle association touted the Hawkeye series as a Gun of the Week in 2017 and Ruger has continued to improve the series. The recent uptick in calibers that the bolt-action rifle handles has prompted renewed interest.
The firearm handles a 10-round mag of the 6.5 Creedmoor and a 3-round 6.5 PRC mag. The bolt-action rifle enjoys a 26-inch barrel, stands a total of 47 to 48.5 inches in length and weighs a modest 11 pounds. It ships without sights and sports a classic speckled black and brown laminate finish. The additional long-range cartridges are proving a boon for distance shooters and hunters alike.
What appears to be placing the Hawkeye at the head of the class is its target-grade, adjustable trigger action that provides a smooth break. Long-range competition has been on the rise, and this rifle holds its own against all comers. By definition, that level of precision helps it stand out as an excellent trophy hunting firearm as well.
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