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Bushmaster Predator


Predator

Some hunters prefer a shorter tube, and this new Predator has a twenty-inch barrel that is, thankfully, the same profile as the Varminter. It is free-floated in the aluminum handguard, and fluted to promote quicker cooling, reduce weight, and just plain look good. Bushmaster also gave the Predator a rifling twist on one turn in eight inches, instead of the one-in-nine of the Varminter, to better stabilize long, heavy bullets. The handguard of the Predator and Varminter rifles are not cluttered with chunks of Picatinny rail all over it. The Predator comes with no sights, but a flattop Picatinny rail makes mounting a good hunting scope easy. The shorter barrel makes the Predator handier than the Varminter to maneuver in brush or woods, and it results in only a marginal loss of velocity compared to the Varminter’s twenty-four inch barrel. Most of the trigger pull weight is in the take-up, making the actual release feel much lighter. It is a good trigger.

The finish on the camo Predator sets it apart from the standard Predator. The receiver, stock, pistol grip, and forend are all camouflaged in a very effective pattern for varmint hunting in various terrain. The steel parts such as the barrel and gas block are a matte black. Overall, it is a very unique and good-looking rifle.



Specifications

CALIBER / WEIGHT / LENGTH / BARREL LENGTH / MUZZLE / BARREL
450 Bushmaster / 8.1 lbs / 35.5" / 16" / 11/16 x 24 / 4150 chrome-moly steel w/chrome-lined bore/chamber
450 Bushmaster / 8.3 lbs / 39.5" / 20" / 11/16 x 24 / 4150 chrome-moly steel w/chrome-lined bore/chamber
308 Win./7.62 NATO / 7.75 lbs / 37.25" / 16" / 1/2 x 28 / 4150 chrome-moly steel w/chrome-lined bore/chamber
308 Win./7.62 NATO / 8.2 lbs / 35" / 20" / 5/8 x 24 / 4150 chrome-moly steel w/chrome-lined bore/chamber
5.56 NATO/223 Rem / 8.4 lbs / 42.5" / 24" / Crowned / Non-Fluted, stainless steel (non-chrome-lined)
5.56 NATO/223 Rem / 8.4 lbs / 42.5" / 24" / Crowned / Fluted, chrome-moly steel (non-chrome-lined)
5.56 NATO/223 Rem / 8.4 lbs / 42.5" / 24" / Crowned / Fluted, chrome-moly steel (non-chrome-lined)
5.56 NATO/223 Rem / 8 lbs / 38.25" / 20" / Crowned / Fluted, chrome-moly steel (non-chrome-lined)
5.56 NATO/223 Rem / 8 lbs / 38.25" / 20" / Crowned / Fluted, chrome-moly steel (non-chrome-lined)

Features
Coated in A-TACS digital camouflage for superior concealment
Fluted 20" extra-heavy Bushmaster® predator barrel (1" dia. out to gas block) with 11" competition muzzle crown
1 in 8" twist (non-chrome-lined) for the heavier bullets, free-floated with a vented aluminum fore-end and bipod stud
Two-stage competition trigger (3 1/2-lb. take up, 1-lb. let off)
Two 1 3/4" mini-risers for optics mounting
Hogue rubberized pistol grip (black)
Ships with an operator safety manual, chamber block, sling and 5-round magazine
One Year Bushmaster Warranty
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