In the case of the Mini-14 and its variants, Ruger seemed to be grasping for a slice of the "black rifle" market without actually turning out a black-rifle design. It's no wonder, then, that Ruger dropped a few jaws at this year's NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits with news of its first AR-pattern gun.
Hitting a small target at 500 yards may be lots of fun, but few rifles do it with the kind of consistency shooters demand. Those coming from DPMS Panther Arms are a rare exception though. One of its latest offerings is the Panther LR-204, which is chambered for .204 Ruger, a cartridge that's quickly becoming a staple with varmint hunters.
The rifle combines Savage's Model 10 bolt action with an aggressively tapered, medium-contour barrel set in a synthetic stock and covered in Mossy Oak Brush camouflage. Taking a closer look at the Predator Hunter's features reveals that a lot of thought from both sides went into its creation.