I had to send my 6.5CM RPR back to Ruger. The daggone firing pin back
....as it is called in the user manual....commonly known as a cocking piece
......broke when I was reinstalling the bolt. When I indexed the cocking piece to line up so the bolt would go back in, it fell apart in my fingers.
A close look at the break, I can see what looks like a casting flaw. I'm like 98% sure it was a bad cast. I'm sure it happens very occasionally. I'm waiting for Ruger to get the rifle and contact me about their findings.
While there I'm having them check my chamber. I get pressure signs at charge weights that should not give pressure signs and a measurement with a telescoping gauge came up under SAAMI. I had actually taken 4-5 measurements all in the same ballpark.....but then I decided to get a bit more scientific and try to hit the exact same spot, keep the gauge a level as possible etc etc etc and take 5 readings and average them out. Except my cheapy Chinese telescoping gauge took a dump.
I'll have to wait and see what Ruger says but man, I am Jonesing without my rifle.
It felt so weird putting it in a plain cardboard box and mailing it off.
The RPR is such a super rifle. I've asked them to give me a quote to buy a GenII hand guard and have it fitted while there......and I forgot but will ask about the aluminum GenII bolt shroud also.
Ruger really knocked it out the park with this rifle and not wanting to be left behind there are others following like Mossberg and Howa. And now that Ruger is offering 6mm Creedmoor.......way to go Ruger. The only thing I wish is that the .308 had been given a 24" barrel. That was an odd decision to go with a 20" tube. 20" is fine and I have a .308 with a 20" barrel and have shot out to 1000Y with it...no keyholing, shot well.
But velocity wise I think 24" is optimum to get those extra few fps for the long shots. Debatable. With the name Precision they should have gone 24". Ruger Tactical Rifle.....20"!