Ruger American Ranch 450 Bushmaster - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
 7Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
Frequent Contributor
 
bo2103's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Windber, PA
Posts: 614
Back To Top
Ruger American Ranch 450 Bushmaster

Hey Ya'll I am looking at this gun in the small ranch platform for deer and Bear in PA and NY. I like the compactness and the weight. Anyone have experience with this gun and hunting? I am looking to buy one this summer for the upcoming season so please all input is appreciated.
bo2103 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 09:41 AM
Senior Member
 
Buckethead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Ima Clarkonian!
Posts: 19,790
Back To Top
I bought one last year for a bear gun. It shoots very well however most factory ammo is a little under powered because of the AR bolt face not being able to withstand the pressure a bolt action can. I found some hot factory ammo for it online (bear creek ballistics) but they're pricey so I just use factory hornady ammo. It did knock the snot out of the doe I shot with it. I topped mine with a 1.5-4X20 Leupold "pig plex" reticle. This was my final group at 100 yds using Hornady black ammo... (the photo is sideways because it was taken with an iphone in the wrong position. Those shots are really at the 11 o'clock position)

I took the muzzle brake off of mine. Even with good ear plugs my ears were ringing after 10 shots. Recoil is not as bad as you would think. Its a great rifle to carry when you're driving thick stuff for bears.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_1093.jpg (488.6 KB, 4 views)
hunterdan199 likes this.

I don't have ducks. I don't have rows. I have squirrels. And they're drunk.
Buckethead is offline  
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
Frequent Contributor
 
bo2103's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Windber, PA
Posts: 614
Back To Top
You say knocked snot out of a Doe where you hit her and you lose a lot of meat?
bo2103 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 12:29 PM
Senior Member
 
Buckethead's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Ima Clarkonian!
Posts: 19,790
Back To Top
None. Through the rib cage. Entrance and exit hole were about the same size. She dropped like a rock.

I don't have ducks. I don't have rows. I have squirrels. And they're drunk.
Buckethead is offline  
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 12:41 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: north jersey
Posts: 1,541
Back To Top
I have one in 450 itís a great gun if you look hard enough you can find them for 375 thatís a great deal mine in topped with a leupold 3x9 40 mm but thinking of going with a smsller scope. As for ammo being weak pick up some buffalo bore ammo case closed end of conversation. I got gun same reason great little compact gun thatís shorter then all my carbines and lever actions.
hunterdan199 is offline  
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 01:02 PM
Part of the Community
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 235
Back To Top
Works well, shoots fine. I have relatives who are using then in Mich., they love them. Kill those heavy Mich. bucks just fine.
jeffppc is online now  
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 04:35 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: north jersey
Posts: 1,541
Back To Top
Basically all the Midwest shotgun states are allowing straight wall cartridges 45-70 450 bushmaster etc. their Is a gun smith that sells his own veriison of the 450 bushmaster on any action savage , ruger , Remington 700 he guaranteed 2 inch groups at 200 yards. His guns range from $850.00 to $1150.00 Christians arms even makes one for around $1300.00 slowly but surely this gun is going to replace a lot of designated slug guns.


Now my savage 220 shoots inch groups all day long at 100 yards , but I would not attempt a 200 yard shot.my ruger 450 will be my bear driving gun for sure but as for distance if any trips come up a custom 450 is def in my plans .


Even stock you can grab for 375 how can you go wrong ??????
hunterdan199 is offline  
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
Frequent Contributor
 
bo2103's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Windber, PA
Posts: 614
Back To Top
Where you find it for 375?
bo2103 is offline  
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 06:34 PM
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: north jersey
Posts: 1,541
Back To Top
Bought it last year gun broker. Their is one on their now brand new 350 I think
hunterdan199 is offline  
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
Frequent Contributor
 
bo2103's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Windber, PA
Posts: 614
Back To Top
Even at 350 then shipping cost and the 45 transfer. Is it really that good of a deal?
bo2103 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome