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RUGER HAWKEYE LONG-RANGE TARGET

MANUFACTURER: STURM, RUGER & CO. (DEPT. AR), 411 SUNAPEE ST., NEWPORT, NH 03773; (336) 949-5200; RUGER.COM
46.75" TO 48.25"
2"

1.50" TO 0.50"
26"
TRIGGER: TWO-STAGE; 2-LB., 2-OZ. PULL
SIGHTS: NONE; 20-M.O.A. OPTICS RAIL,

13" TO 14.5"
STOCK: WOOD LAMINATE; BROWN PAINT WITH
BLACK SPECKLE

CHAMBERING: 6.5 MM PRC
ACTION TYPE: BOLT-ACTION, CENTER-FIRE
REPEATING RIFLE

RECEIVER: 4140 CHROME-MOLY STEEL

INTEGRAL MOUNTS

BARREL: COLD-HAMMER-FORGED, 4140
CHROME-MOLY STEEL; THREADED MUZZLE,
5/8X24 TPI
RIFLING: 5R, FIVE-GROOVE; 1:8" RH TWIST
MAGAZINE: THREE-ROUND DETACHABLE BOX

WEIGHT: 11 LBS., 1 OZ.
ACCESSORIES:
OWNER'S MANUAL, STOCK SPACERS,
M-LOK RAIL SECTION (FOR BIPOD),
M-LOK QD SLING SOCKET, LOCK
MSRP: $1,279

SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.)

6.5 MM PRC
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 15'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

HORNADY PH
143-GR. ELD-X

2932 AVG.
18 SD

2,729

0.55

1.04

0.86

HORNADY MATCH
147-GR. ELD MATCH

2858 AVG.
20 SD

2,666

0.42

1.00

0.78

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

0.82

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS OVER AN OEHLER 36 CHRONOGRAPH
AT 15 FT. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT 100 YDS.
FROM A SANDBAG REST. TEMPERATURE: 72° F. HUMIDITY: 10%. ABBREVIATIONS: ELD
(EXTREMELY LOW DRAG), PH (PRECISION HUNTER), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).

Designed expressly for
competitive use, Ruger's
HLRT is now chambered
in three cartridges:
6.5 mm Creedmoor,
6.5 mm PRC and
.300 Win. Mag. (l. to r.)

this rifle as well. Unlike most Hawkeyes, however, the HLRT
comes from the factory with a 5½" segment of Picatinny
rail, canted for 20 minutes of angle, already affixed to the
mounts. Secured via four Torx-head No. 8-40 screws, the
13-slot rail can be removed by the user should he or she
prefer to mount rings directly onto the receiver. In familiar
Mauser fashion, the front portion of a lever riding the left
side of the receiver must be pivoted outward to remove
the bolt from the gun, but it is not necessary to manually
manipulate this lever in order to re-install the bolt.
Contoured with competition shooting in mind, the gun's
stock shares no resemblance with the one designed by
Lenard Brownell for the 1968-vintage Model 77. A gently
sloping underhook in the belly of the buttstock allows
either the shooter's support hand or a rear pinch bag to
stabilize the back of the rifle. The pistol grip is shaped to
hold the shooter's hand nearly perpendicular to the barrel,
a common orientation on tactical and competition rifles-
but potentially fatiguing for users with smaller hands.
Meanwhile, the HLRT's fore-end is flat and wide enough for
convenient sandbag use, its slightly oblate nose is suitable for solid purchase when pushing the gun up against
a barricade, and a 9" section of M-Lok-compatible slots
is flush-fit with its bottom surface, allowing for the easy
installation of a bipod.
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Made in house by Ruger of wood laminate and then
painted brown, the stock features black speckle across its
entire surface for the purpose of adding texturing in lieu of
the more traditional application of checkering on the pistol
grip and fore-end. This practice is popping up more and more
around the industry in recent years, and, in general, I'm not
a huge fan; I found the pattern to be just coarse enough to
anchor the rifle in the hand during recoil, but I question
whether the gun might be better served by standard checkering. A traditional sling swivel stud is found on the bottom
of the buttstock, and QD sling sockets are located on either
side of the buttstock and the left side of the fore-end.
Length of pull (LOP) and comb height (CH) are both
adjustable on the HLRT, and Ruger borrowed from rifles
already present in its product lineup for the parts. Three
1/2" spacers, identical to the ones used by the company's
Scout Rifle and Guide Gun models, ship with the gun-one
of which was already installed on our test sample upon
arrival-giving it an overall length of 47¼" and an LOP of
13½". These figures can be altered by simply removing the
rubber buttpad and either adding or subtracting spacers.

A 4½"-long, Mauser-style, non-rotating
claw extractor rides along the right side
of the bolt to provide controlled feeding
of the cartridge into the chamber.
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