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Old February 4th, 2020, 02:07 AM   #1
 
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RPR in Hornady's .300 PRC

I was talking to a friend at work and she said her son is looking for a long-range hunting rifle. He stopped short of buying something for $3,000 at a gun show. I suggested he check out the Ruger Precision Rifle, list at $1700, according to an article in American Rifleman (Dec. 2019, page 56). This was in the newer Hornady .300 Precision Rifle Cartridge. Does anyone here have any experience with this combo? I don't shoot long range, but, for MSRP of $1700 I would consider this if I were to start. I don't know what the scope's price is, but the author did pretty well out to 1000 yards. Thanks for any info, good or bad.



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Old February 4th, 2020, 11:18 AM   #2
 
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The RPR IN 300 PRC might be a little heavy for hunting? I have had mine about three weeks now and have not been able to shoot more than 100 meters yet....Groups are very good with a lot of sub 1/2 groups. Still playing with loads and bullets. I think this will be an excellent long range rifle! Hope this note helps?
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Old February 4th, 2020, 01:27 PM   #3
 
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Check out the review of the M77 Hawkeye Long Range Hunter in 6.5 PRC in the current Guns and Ammo magazine. It checks almost all the boxes people want in a hunting rifle. 7.2lbs, detachable box magazine, 20moa rail, belled and threaded muzzle, and a chambering in a modern ultra flat shooting caliber. The street price appears to be around $1000.00 and the factory trigger is the only drawback. It is telling when a reviewer in a major publication gives the website where the spring that will make an expensive rifle usable can be found. Ruger needs to do better than putting a 5lb 13oz trigger in a rifle advertised as "Long Range".
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If you like the RPR it’s a good choice in any caliber. If you want to run long, (1000yds) the 6 Creed in my opinion would be the lightest caliber I’d go with. The 300 PRC can run a mile if the person behind the trigger is capable of it. It’s parent case is the .375 Ruger necked down to 30 cal. The PRC doesn’t run that fast, (around 2800fps) but the BC’s of the bullets used are high, from the mid 6’s to the high 7’s, that’s a definite advantage. It’s a heavy rifle out of the box, after you add a scope, rings and bipod you’ll be at or close to 17lbs which really helps eat up the recoil.

The only downside is it’s a powder eater, at 70 to 80 grains per load you’re gonna get less than 100 loads per pound. Bullets aren’t priced bad, $35 to $38 per 100. It will have a shorter barrel life too.

If you’re planning on going out to a mile I’d get the 300, if you’re thinking around 1000yds you can save yourself some money and go with a 6 or 6.5 Creedmoor. They are cheaper to load for, use high BC bullets and have better barrel life.

All in all it is a good combination though, I doubt you’d be disappointed.

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A hawkeye target may do.
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The 300 PRC will probably alway have a limited following.

https://www.americanhunter.org/artic...s-300-win-mag/

https://www.shootingtimes.com/editor...he-rest/330587

https://www.americanrifleman.org/art...ady-s-300-prc/

Compare accuracy with two different rifles in the last article.
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The .300 PRC is what the .300 win Mag SHOULD be in 2020. Big case capacity, no belt, and enough neck to keep even boattail bullets forward of the body/shoulder junction while maintaining a full contact bearing surface in the neck.

I’ve loved the 300wm for over 25 years, but today, I recommend the PRC over the Win Mag. For any purpose I need 80 grains of powder, I should need more than 180 grains of bullet in a 30cal, and the PRC gets more out of the rifle.

All of that said, it really doesn’t take a magnum cartridge to shoot long range. I do most of my 1,000-1400 yard shooting with 6mm cartridges pushed by 30-42grn of powder.
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