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. 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.
PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO THIS SAFETY BULLETIN 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 This Safety Bulletin does NOT apply to Ruger Precision Rifles with polymer bolt shrouds.
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, the issue often resolves itself as the parts wear and the interference is reduced.
HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR RIFLE IS AFFECTED If your rifle falls within the serial number ranges above and has an aluminum bolt shroud, it is potentially affected. Visit the Ruger Precision Rifle® Safety Bulletin website at Ruger.com/RPRSafety to look up your serial number and verify that is the case. Although all rifles with aluminum bolt shrouds within the above serial number ranges are potentially affected, most rifles will never experience this issue. However, if you have ever experienced light primer indents or failure to fire with your Ruger Precision 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 visiting Ruger.com/RPRSafety. 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 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 lookup at Ruger.com/RPRSafety 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 or visit the Safety Bulletin website at Ruger.com/RPRSafety.