Remington Predator RT-15


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wkoonce
December 6, 2008, 01:55 PM
Ran across this rifle today. I haven't found any reviews. What features does it have? Remington has some features listed but what about the ones that are listed in this forum for the AR's. Like staked keys, feed ramps, etc.

I get the impression it is derived from the AR family. I know Bushmaster has bought Remington so now the RT-15. Anyone know anything about this gun?

Thanks,
wkoonce

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dirtyjim
December 6, 2008, 03:12 PM
its made by bushmaster & its just remingtons way of jumping into the ar frenzy. i hope they researched ar's more than they did mausers, they advertise their 798's as double square bridge mausers & they are not even close.

alemonkey
December 6, 2008, 03:19 PM
I just can't get over the ugly camo finish.

Cesiumsponge
December 7, 2008, 12:24 AM
Remington and Bushmaster are both under Cerberus Capital Management. If you look at the Bushmaster catalog, you will realize they make large caliber ARs now that are identical to those that Cobb Manufacturing made...because they bought out Cobb. Looks like they're testing the hunting market to see if they can get hunters to accept the AR.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 7, 2008, 12:57 AM
Yep, and it kills me that they don't offer the AR10 style in .260 REMINGTON.

jpwilly
December 7, 2008, 01:04 AM
They also own DPMS (who make the R-25 for Remmy) and you can get the .260 from DPMS (http://www.dpmsinc.com/firearms/category.aspx?id=8)

Cesiumsponge
December 7, 2008, 02:52 AM
I also believe they own Marlin? I remember seeing a post where someone added up the annual sales of all these firearm manufacturers under Cerberus and they had a very sizable chunk of the civilian market (I want to say 40%+)

wkoonce
December 7, 2008, 10:56 AM
Thanks for the responses.

bearwolf
December 19, 2008, 01:27 PM
This is good news...the more AR15 rifles that are sold and in the hands of more people the better off we will be....10million people fighting for their rights tend to make alot more noise than 50 thousand. The demand is definitely there.

MyRoad
December 19, 2008, 01:45 PM
I have an R-25 (.308), and using the 5-round mag it comes with, I seriously would consider hunting with this rifle. It's about 1.5 lbs. heavier than the bolt I would usually choose, but balances and handles well, and is very accurate.

I would agree that even if this is nothing more than a PR move, to blur the line between "black rifles" and "hunting rifles" could be a good thing, since it seems pretty seriously ingrained in our culture that you can't take away people's hunting rifles. Paint it in camo, remove the flash hider, put in a neutered magazine, and presto, its just a tool, not a killing machine. Maybe?

Specialized
December 21, 2008, 01:59 PM
Okay, I can give you a review of mine. The R-15 is nothing but a Bushmaster AR-15 configured to Remington's specs for hunting. It has things you can't find on a Bushmaster out-of-the-box, like a military-profile (NOT HBAR) 18" fluted barrel that's black-coated, a simple low-profile gas block, dipped camo finish, five-round magazine, and a vented free-float tube. The trigger is a 2-stage match, and breaks very cleanly at about 4-4.5 lbs. There are two sling swivels on the free-float tube, and a sling swivel where one would normally expect the fixed strap-loop to be at the base of the stock, so it's configured for a regular hunting sling as well as a bipod mount.

The barrel is a 1:9 twist, so it stabilizes everything from 40-grain Varmint Grenades up to 68-grain match hollowpoints (probably more, just talking about what I've run through it). I now have some Corbon 65-grain DPX's that I want to run through it to see how they do, I'd like to try a few things with that bullet like deer and other critters. The flattop receiver is standard, and needs riser blocks or, as I have mine configured, a Rock River forward-mount for the Nikon Omega scope (duplex reticle, 5" eye clearance). With the forward mount, you don't need an aftermarket charging handle or latch; otherwise, you'll want to add one so you have clearance from under the scope to chamber a round.

So how does it shoot? After adding a Gapper (small rubber plug that takes the play out from between the upper and lower -- $5, installs without tools in a few seconds), groups are right at 1/2-inch for five rounds of 55-grain FMJ or soft-point. Biggest group I've gotten so far was with a 50-grain VMAX, of all things, and it was 1.1" at 100 yards. It doesn't seem to produce flyers. I bought this rifle for coyote hunting, and it does just great for that. I have a Harris swivel bipod on the front, and a neoprene UltraFlex sling, plus I put a Bushmaster trigger guard on it to enlarge the trigger area for wearing gloves. In my opinion, this rifle is the ultimate coyote-hunting rig. It's light and well-balanced, versatile, and the 18" barrel is ideal for coyotes where I hunt. my longest shot would end up being about 350 yards, across a field, and this gun is plenty accurate for that. The only other thing I've added is stretch-cloth winter camo tape for snowy days.

That's my take on it, and based strictly on my needs and experience. As with any opinion, your mileage may vary. Hope this helps -- good luck!

Specialized

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