Ruger continues to grow its line of AR-15 caliber compatible American bolt-action Ranch rifles with the addition of a new model chambered for the straight cased .450 Bushmaster cartridge. With performance comparable to the venerable .45-70 Gov't., the .450 Bushmaster "thumper" round provides a decisive big bore solution for close range hunting. Fitted with a 3-round removable magazine, this version of the Predator arrives with an impressive muzzle brake installed on the threaded muzzle of the 16.1" barrel that effectively manages the stout recoil generated by this round. Other features include a Flat Dark Earth synthetic stock, one-piece optics rail and Ruger's Marksman Adjustable Trigger system.
I had the same problem noted with the bolt not locking. After much studying and frustration, I discovered the EJECTOR was stuck in the extended position. I disassembled the bolt, cleaned and lubed the hell out of it after finding no bent or burred parts. After reassembling, the gun has worked flawlessly. A little Dremel work on the forearm, and am now getting consistent 1 inch groups at 125 yards the extent of my home range.
The action is slick and does not bind. The stock is straight and does not create pressure points on the barrel. The trigger only adjusts down to 4 pounds without modifying the spring. The gun jumps more than it kicks, but is extremely accurate with Barnes 275 grain bullets and H110. Best price on the inter web.
The gun is super accurate, works as advertised, but buyer beware! The finish on this gun is sub-par, and I will be contacting Ruger directly on the matter. I live in Florida and have a high humidity climate, but the whole barrel rusts, you can watch it rust in 3 hours while hunting. I have put Remington wipes on it, frog lube, and a no scent gun oil with the same results. I have a feeling the blue is way to thin or did not adhere, I love the gun but it looks like my rusty savage over and under, that I've owned for 45 yrs. I love the gun but cannot deal with a rust bucket, so back to Ruger it will go!
After mounting a scope and sighting in, I was shooting 1 1/2 groups at 125 yards. The only issue I have is that the forearm of the stock is not straight, and contacts the barrel with a good deal of pressure.
Took the gun to the range and put 2 rounds thru it. The 3rd round bolt didn't want to lock in place ejected the round and was able to fire 3 more rounds. On 6th round, once again, bolt would not lock in place.I could never get it to lock. Next day, I tried putting a round in the chamber and bolt would only go half way in. Returned to store to be returned to Ruger. Same problem happened to another person i know that bought one. Hope Ruger can make it right. Gun was not purchased at Sportsmans Outdoor Store.
Great looking gun, haven't shot it yet but will soon. I'm sure it will be great. Great fit and finish. Super fast shipping and a great price from Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore. Can't get any better.