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Surging Interest in Bolt-Action Long Guns In OKC

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Shawn SchweigertH&H Shooting Sports, Oklahoma City, Okla., (

H&H Shooting Sports was among the very first retailer to receive the new Ruger Precision Rifle — Ruger’s entry into the long-range and tactical market — and featured the rifle at a July in-store sales and promotional event.

H&H promptly sold out of the eight .308-caliber models it had on hand.

“This rifle, in my opinion, is going to take the market by storm this year,” predicted Shawn Schweigert, H&H’s long guns manager. “It looks to be a hit with the tactical crowd and the hunters we service. That’s a very strong combination.”

Chambered in .308 Win., 6.5 Creedmoor and .243 Win., the Ruger Precision Rifle looks like a cross between a bolt-gun and an AR platform. For $1,049, shooters get a rifle rated as sub-MOA right out of the box, with an adjustable trigger, Ruger’s MSR stock, a 20 MOA Picatinny rail, plus a threaded, suppressor-ready barrel.

Schweigert notes that he’s sold about half the other caliber Precision Rifles he had and already has a long list for future deliveries of the .308’s.

“About half the guys who bought the .308 were looking for a longer range rifle for hunting, one that could take down a big hog,” he said. “Hogs are becoming a real problem in this state, especially in Western Oklahoma.”

Predator hunters have been buying the new Howa Varminter, with thumbhole stock, and the Browning X-Bolt.

AR-type rifles are still selling, but at very reduced levels from a couple years ago. Not only has the AR market become saturated, but Schweigert also believes many shooters are going back to more traditional bolt-actions.

Editor's Note: This brief originally appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.

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