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RUGER

Using the same projectiles, when zeroed at 200 yds.,
this extra speed allows the 147-gr. ELD Match ammunition to drop 7.09" less at 500 yds. when fired through
a 6.5 mm PRC-chambered rifle (36.35") than through a
6.5 mm Creedmoor (43.44"). And the result is even more
pronounced in the hunting load, which drops 44.58" at the
same distance through the Creedmoor and 35.84" through
the PRC-a difference of 8.74".
Meanwhile, a 10-m.p.h. crosswind knocks the Creedmoorfired match projectile 12.63" off course at 500 yds., but
moves the identical PRC-fired bullet only 10.89" at the
same distance, and likewise at 500 yds. deflects the 143-gr.
Precision Hunter load 14.3" from the 6.5 mm Creedmoor but
only 11.88" from the 6.5 mm PRC. To those who don't shoot
at long range much, small differences of mere inches may
seem trifling, but to the seasoned precision shooter who
regularly engages targets out where every shot is a curveball,
they're a big deal. And the additional speed also allows the
6.5 mm PRC's projectiles to remain stabilized out to greater
distances; the 147-gr. Match load goes transonic after about
1,600 yds.-staying supersonic 200 yds. farther down field
than when fired through a Creedmoor.
A big gun, the HLRT weighs approximately 11 lbs. sans
scope, bipod and other assorted accoutrements that will be
needed to fully take advantage of its abilities. Despite looking
a bit out of place alongside its hunting-model brothers, the
rifle bears all the hallmarks of a third-generation Model 77.
Its controlled-round-feed action makes use of dual locking
lugs and a Mauser-style claw extractor that doesn't take
hold of the cartridge immediately as it leaves the rifle's
detachable box magazine, but does assume control prior to
reaching the chamber.

The 4½"-long, non-rotating extractor rides along the
right side of the bolt, and a fixed-blade ejector on the left
side of the receiver then dislodges the case once the bolt
has been pulled fully rearward. Slowly retracting the bolt
causes the brass to gently tumble from the ejection port for
easy policing of cases, while smartly bringing the bolt back
will send them flying. The one-piece, stainless steel bolt
cocks upon opening and utilizes an easy-to-rack 90-degree
throw, yet due to the height of the gun's optics rail, still
has plenty of room for scope clearance.
Like other Hawkeyes, the HLRT's receiver is a flat-bottomed
and flat-sided design. Two screws secure the 4140 chromemoly steel receiver to the stock, the front of which bears the
Ruger signature of angling forward to create rearward tension
and improve the interface between the receiver's integral recoil
lug and the stock shoulder. In scaling the .300 Win. Mag. rifle
down to accommodate the two new short-action chamberings,
company engineers shortened the receiver, and thus the rifle
as a whole, by half an inch. Ruger does produce southpaw
versions of the M77 action, however, at this time, the HLRT is
a strictly right-handed endeavor.
Integral scope mounts machined directly into the
receiver-another trademark of the M77-are present on

The Hawkeye Long-Range Target bears all the hallmarks of a third-generation Model 77:
a Mauser-style bolt-release lever; an angled front guard screw; a Model 70-style three-position
safety; and a flat-bottomed receiver. Designed with competition and benchrest shooting in
mind, the rifle also has a 9" section of M-Lok slots flush-fit into the bottom of its fore-end.

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