Ruger Precision Rifle® Safety Bulletin

 

Ruger has issued a Product Safety Bulletin for certain Ruger Precision Rifles due to the potential for interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece (also known as the firing pin back). Although only a small percentage of rifles appear to be affected and we are not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and is offering replacement aluminum bolt shrouds for affected rifles in order to eliminate the possibility of such interference. View Safety Bulletin PDF

 

 
This Safety Bulletin does not apply to Ruger Precision Rifles with polymer bolt shrouds.
 

Ruger Precision Rifles (regardless of caliber) that have an aluminum bolt shroud and fall within the following serial number ranges are potentially affected: 1800-26274 to 1800-78345 or 1801-00506 to 1801-30461.

 

Description of Issue

 

Some Ruger Precision Rifles may experience interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece (also known as the firing pin back). In rare instances, the interference can disrupt the firing mechanism and cause it to not function properly.


Possible results of this interference are light primer strikes or, in extreme cases, the rifle may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If the rifle fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, it may fire when the bolt handle is subsequently lifted.
In rifles where this condition exists, it often resolves itself as the parts wear and the interference is reduced.

 

How to Determine if Your Rifle is Affected

 

How to find your serial number

If your rifle falls within the serial number range above and has an aluminum bolt shroud, it is potentially affected.
Look up your serial number below and verify if that is the case.


Although all rifles with aluminum bolt shrouds within the above serial number range are potentially affected, most rifles will never experience this issue. However, if you have ever experienced light primer indents or failure to fire while shooting or dry firing your rifle, you should obtain a replacement bolt shroud, which Ruger will provide FREE of charge.


Alternatively, if you have fired more than 100 rounds through your rifle with no issues or concerns (light primer indents or failures to fire), your rifle is unlikely to be affected and no additional action is necessary.


If you are not sure whether your rifle has exhibited any light primer indents or failures to fire, or are in any way concerned about the safety of your rifle, please sign up for this offer and we will send you a FREE replacement bolt shroud.

 

What to Do If Your Rifle is Affected

 

If you believe your rifle is affected or are unsure if your rifle is affected, you can request a FREE replacement bolt shroud by by filling out the form below. You will be asked to provide us with the serial number of your rifle and contact information so we can send you a replacement bolt shroud with installation instructions.

 

How to Determine if Your Bolt Shroud Has Been Replaced

 

Replacement Shroud

Newly manufactured Ruger Precision Rifles will begin with serial number prefixes 1802 and 1803. Thus, if you have a Ruger Precision Rifle with a serial number beginning with 1802, 1803 or higher, your rifle is not affected.


Replacement bolt shrouds of the new design are easily identified by the presence of a round dimple on the angled surface directly behind the firing pin back. If your bolt shroud has this mark, it was manufactured with the new design and no further action is needed.


Note: Some rifles have been fitted at the factory with replacement bolt shrouds that do not bear this dimple. Please use the serial number lookup to verify whether your rifle is potentially affected.

It is important to always follow the rules of gun handling safety. Always keep your rifle pointed in a safe direction and treat every firearm as though it is loaded. If your rifle fails to fire when you pull the trigger, you should keep the rifle pointed in a safe direction and wait 30 seconds before slowly lifting the bolt handle. As you lift the bolt handle, expect that raising the bolt may cause the rifle to fire.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this safety bulletin, please contact Customer Service at 336-949-5200.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you issuing a Safety Bulletin for the Precision Rifle?

If my rifle exhibits this problem, will it fire out of battery?

What calibers are affected?

What serial numbers are affected?

My Precision Rifle has a polymer bolt shroud. Is it affected?

I purchased an aluminum bolt shroud for my Ruger Precision Rifle. Do I need to do anything?

How can I tell if my Ruger Precision Rifle has already received a replacement bolt shroud?

What do I have to send back to you?

How long will it be before I receive my replacement bolt shroud?

I have been shooting my Ruger Precision Rifle and have not experienced any problems. Do I need to sign up?

How do I sign up to receive a replacement bolt shroud?

Will you share or sell my contact information?

What if I live outside the United States?

Can I continue to use my Ruger Precision Rifle while I wait for my replacement bolt shroud?

I signed up online, but I think I made a mistake entering my information. What do I do?