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After a few months of searching, I found a Ruger American Predator .204 in
March at a gun show. Reasons for the Predator was reports of good accuracy
at an inexpensive price. I needed a walk-around predator rifle, and all my
other rifles are heavy caliber or varmint rifles weighing over ten pounds, even
my heavy barreled T/C Tac20. Got a box of loaded Hornady 40gr Vmax, then
proceeded to load up four different hand loads and went to the range.

The best of five loads only got a 1 1/4" five shot group, the worst being about
three
inches. This was done using a proven scope. The factory goo had been meticulously
cleaned out of the bore. At first, I just chalked it up to a new, rough barrel. But back
home, when the cases could be inspected in different light, a couple of marks half
way around the radius had the appearance of case head separation. They were bad
enough that a finger nail could be caught on them. Looking into the chamber through
the magazine port (stock removed) I could see one of the gouge/ridges in the
chamber. It appeared something got caught on a reamer and gouged the chamber wall.

It was hard to explain that to the guy at CS who didn't even know what a reamer is
used for, but he finally said to return it, and that it would probably take around four
weeks........it came back in just two weeks.

The work order stated that the barrel had been replaced. I found that hard to
believe, so after cleaning, I shot it once before setting up with the scope. They had
indeed replaced the barrel. Before reloading brass from the first barrel, I decided
to see if they would fit in the new......NO GO! They won't even size in the Forster
full length die. Measured them at the shoulder and they average .007 more than
the spent case from the new chamber! The original chamber had more problems
than realized. I'm hoping this new barrel proves to be much more accurate than the
original. Haven't had the opportunity to get to the range yet.

But thank-you to Ruger. They did what any company should do to make things right!
 

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Im glad Ruger did the right thing by ya.
They usually do.

Let us know how it shoots now with the new barrel.


Jim
 

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After a few months of searching, I found a Ruger American Predator .204 in
March at a gun show. Reasons for the Predator was reports of good accuracy
at an inexpensive price. I needed a walk-around predator rifle, and all my
other rifles are heavy caliber or varmint rifles weighing over ten pounds, even
my heavy barreled T/C Tac20. Got a box of loaded Hornady 40gr Vmax, then
proceeded to load up four different hand loads and went to the range.

The best of five loads only got a 1 1/4" five shot group, the worst being about
three
inches. This was done using a proven scope. The factory goo had been meticulously
cleaned out of the bore. At first, I just chalked it up to a new, rough barrel. But back
home, when the cases could be inspected in different light, a couple of marks half
way around the radius had the appearance of case head separation. They were bad
enough that a finger nail could be caught on them. Looking into the chamber through
the magazine port (stock removed) I could see one of the gouge/ridges in the
chamber. It appeared something got caught on a reamer and gouged the chamber wall.

It was hard to explain that to the guy at CS who didn't even know what a reamer is
used for, but he finally said to return it, and that it would probably take around four
weeks........it came back in just two weeks.

The work order stated that the barrel had been replaced. I found that hard to
believe, so after cleaning, I shot it once before setting up with the scope. They had
indeed replaced the barrel. Before reloading brass from the first barrel, I decided
to see if they would fit in the new......NO GO! They won't even size in the Forster
full length die. Measured them at the shoulder and they average .007 more than
the spent case from the new chamber! The original chamber had more problems
than realized. I'm hoping this new barrel proves to be much more accurate than the
original. Haven't had the opportunity to get to the range yet.

But thank-you to Ruger. They did what any company should do to make things right!
Question: was this a new gun?

There's another question if it was...
 
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