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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-07-2013, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
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Ruger "American" Rifle

Anybody own one? It sounds like a decent rifle for the price. Any opinions good or bad? Thanks.

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Re: Ruger "American" Rifle

My brother in law has one in 243. It's not a bad rifle considering the price point. I only had a brief opportunity to shoot it at a few jugs after he got it so I can't say how accurate it is.

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Re: Ruger "American" Rifle

I remember when it came out it got great reviews in Field and Stream and Outdoor Life. take that for what its worth but for $350-$400 sounds like it might be a good rainy day gun.

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I own 2 Encore frames and a number of barrels. Every one, including the pistol barrels shoot sub MOA. My ruger M77 MK II 7 Mag will shoot 1/2" groups or better depending on the ammo. I read a bunch on the American and like others, thought "It's a <$350.00 rifle. How can it be as good as the reviews"? Well, I can tell you, I will be picking one up this afternoon. I got the chance to handle and shoot one and I have to say I was IMPRESSED! Amazingly light even with the massive bolt the thing carries, trim with a decent recoil pad and actually decent lines, a rediculously good-user adjustable trigger for such a "cheap" rifle and a 70 deg bolt throw. Accuracy? The .243 I got to shoot ate up Remmington corelokt and Winchester PP 100 grain loads, printing 1/2 MOA at 100 yards! NICE! The bedding system really seem to work (called the power bedding system) and the flush detachable 4 round rotary type magazine stays put and doesn't rattle like a old chevy and stays put with little risk of bumping the recessed latch. All in all a rifle far better than the price tag IMO...

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Re: Ruger "American" Rifle

Handled one at the GS and it seemed nice for the price. Smooth bolt, not heavy, if they shoot good that's what counts, also thought it would make a good "beater" (I don't beat mine anyway) or foul weather piece.
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Re: Ruger "American" Rifle

all the ruger americans are on sale at cabelas for 299.99 right now

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Re: Ruger "American" Rifle

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all the ruger americans are on sale at cabelas for 299.99 right now
Thanks Steven! Just called my old Gander Store and of course they will match that price and they have 2 in 7mm-08 in stock. Woot woot!

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Re: Ruger "American" Rifle

I have one in .308
Love it! Haven't had the opportunity to get a deer with it but it shoots great and a pleasure to carry around.

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Re: Ruger "American" Rifle

Was just looking into getting one of the .308 Win American Compacts for my 9 yr old daughter.

At 6.0 lbs and a 12.5" LOP it seems to come closest to fitting her size and strength.

I was leary about the performance I could expect for the price point. But it sounds like I may be barking up the right tree here.

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Re: Ruger "American" Rifle

I didn,t know they chambered one in that cal.Usually just .243,.223,and maybe 7-08.
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