Friday, February 24, 2012

Ruger American Rifle :: First Impressions

The Ruger American Rifle was prominently on display during the 2012 Shot Show and has finally began to find its way into gun shops. Selling for under $400 the American steps onto the battlefield of low price point and entry level rifles like the Savage Axis, Remington 770, Mossberg 100 ATR, and Marlin XL/S7. Each rifle contends the it is far superior to the last; offering you more features and a better built rifle to fit your budget.
The Ruger Amercian Rifle's stock is very similar to the Savage Axis. It is light and ergonomic but the Ruger offers an aluminium bedding system that ensures proper lock-up with the receiver and properly free floats the hammer-forged barrel; Ruger calls it Power Bedding. The stock also features a soft rubber buttpad that seems sufficient for the calibers chambered. .243 Win, .308 Win, .270 Win, and .30-06 SPRG.
The American's action is smooth and positive. The three-lug bolt ensures smooth cycling by keeping the bolt body a full diameter throughout it's entire length. With it's 70 Degree throw and duel cocking cams the action is quick and keeps your hand away from any optic mounted on the rifle via the Included Weaver Bases.
The American sports a top tang; two position safety. You can cycle the bolt with the safety engaged for worry free loading/unloading.
With a very 'AccuTrigger' esque configuration; the American's Marksman Adjustable Trigger is user adjustable from 3-5 pounds. I found the trigger to be a pleasant surprise. There was no take-up or stacking; once you reached the correct poundage the trigger broke cleanly.  
Ruger perfected the rotary magazine many years ago and have used the design in many of their firearms. The American is fitted with a four round rotary magazine (regardless of caliber). I appreciate the capacity while keeping it a flush fit in the rifle. The magazine feeds well and is removed and reinserted without any struggle.
After handling this rifle I am predicting it to be a major success for Ruger. The American Rifle fills a void that Ruger has left untouched for a while and fills it well. I have come to the conclusion that I will buy one at some point; it is inevitable. I may have just found my new .243 predator rifle.

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  1. Were you able to shoot it?

    1. I have not been able too shoot it. I am dieing to find out what kind of groups it can hold with a stardard Federal Power-Shok or Remington Core-Lokt.

  2. i really don't NEED this rifle, but at the super affordable price i really WANT one! nice write up!

  3. I'll be curious to see what you think after you shoot it... and what your thoughts are on Ruger leaving it's proprietary scope ring design behind on this new rifle... as I am a big Ruger fan...

    Dann in Ohio

  4. Looks nice, but as far as I can tell, nobody makes an entry-level rifle like this with a left-handed bolt. Yet.

    1. Time will tell. Ruger has a penchant for making left-handed bolt guns readily availible. It would not surprise me in the least to see a LH American. I really hopes this happens as I am cross eye dominant and shoot rifle left handed.

  5. That is a powerful weapon and a beauty! Back in those days, this rifle will really standout. It looked durable and good value for your money. I wonder what scope you used back then? I have a Winchester and I've been choosing a new scope for this baby. I am leaning towards the Nikon Buckmaster and the Bushnell Rangefinder - I have to check the price, though. And the reviews! I've seen this impressive site that has lots of great reviews, find out more:

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