RUGER HAWKEYE FTW PREDATOR RIFLE
By: Conrad Davenport, Modern Gunner Online
For 2015, Ruger has decided to expand on their Hawkeye line of rifles, namely, the Hawkeye Predator Rifles. Ruger wanted to introduce a model that was accurate at longer ranges, but also quick to handle. In steps the Ruger Hawkeye FTW Predator Rifle.
To make the Hawkeye FTW Predator Rifle as quick and accurate as they wanted, they combined the finer points of two of their existing rifles, the Ruger Hawkeye Predator Rifle and the Gunsite Scout Rifle. Ruger has taken the 2 stage trigger and the tried and true action from the Hawkeye line of rifles for long range accuracy and added a modified Gunsite Scout Rifle stock for quick and easy handling.
From the Hawkeye line, the FTW Predator Rifle uses the 2 stage, adjustable, target trigger. The FTW Predator Rifle also uses the same stainless steel receiver that is found on the Hawkeye Predator Rifles. For solid mounting of optics, Ruger stuck with its integral scope mounts, machined into the receiver. Ruger also stuck with the Mauser type, non-rotating, controlled round feed extractor. This extractor system has always proven excellent for reliable and smooth case extraction. Ruger finished off the action with a medium contour barrel for extended accuracy without the weight of a target barrel.
From the Gunsite Scout Rifle, Ruger adapted the shape of the stock for their FTW Predator Rifles. The green laminate stock is more rounded and contoured near the rifle’s barrel and overall more compact, for handling. The FTW models come with three ½” spacers to adjust the buttpad for length of pull. The Hawkeye Predator Rifles also come with a hinged baseplate for loading ammunition.
The FTW models come chambered in either .308 Winchester, or 6.5 Creedmoor. The .308 Winchester model comes with a 22” barrel sporting a 1:10” twist. The 6.5 Creedmoor model has a 24” barrel with a 1:8” twist rate. Ruger hasn’t mentioned if they are going to expand the FTW line to also include the .204 Ruger, .22-250, or .223 Remington that the original Hawkeye Predators are also chambered in.
If you are a predator hunter who is looking to add a quick handling long range rifle for those quick varmints and predators, or if you are looking to get into predator hunting, you may want to give the new Ruger Hawkeye FTW Predator Rifles a look.