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Old 03-22-2012, 04:16 PM
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Has anyone heard anything about the new Ruger American rifle? Is it a good rifle?
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:26 PM
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I see the new Cabelas flier had them on sale with a photo. Thought they might have made a mistake with the rifle shown. Looks like the action is a cross between a Tika and a Browning A-bolt. Like mentioned it has a tang safety and what appears to be a knock off of the Accutrigger. I'm going into Cabelas this week and check em out.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:28 PM
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It stands apart from other bolt-action Rugers, but not above the others, not in my book.
- The bolt, like CVC said, is a 3-lug, a departure from Ruger's non-rotating Mauser style;
- It has a detachable magazine;
- All stocks are composite synthetic (no walnut or other wood models);
- The receiver area covering the bolt is over-sized. I don;t know why that is - I've seen it on other makes too - but it suggests to me a weakness. One that has to be overcome by more metal over the top of the bolt, connecting the front lug with the rear of the receiver.

Personally, I don;t like it, but the price is sure appealing. I wonder why it's so low-priced? Probably to compete with the basic models offered by Remington, Savage, Weatherby, and others. But it suggests to me something's missing. Maybe I'm being too critical or judgemental. Maybe not.

Probably, as a lower-priced rifle, it's a nice one. Maybe, like the Savages, it'll turn out to carry a reputation for above-average accuracy. We'll see. Meanwhile, I'll continue saving for a Hawkeye.
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:19 AM
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It is a low end rifle to compete with the others, Savage.

It does surprise me that it has a tang safety. While I have a few Ruger 77s with tang safeties, I thought the Ruger attorny had said 3 position (aka bolt blocking and trigger disconect on cycling to empty?

i do prefer the 2-position tang safety; but not the detachable box magazine.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:25 AM
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I don;t see anything in its description that would put it ahead of the Remington 770, let alone light years ahead. What am I missing on this new Ruger? They seem comparably built.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:10 AM
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The problem with all these closed receiver, ejection ported cheapos is that they cannot be easily single loaded. Recently, I was in the market for a new pick up/ predator calling rifle. I wanted something low end, with reasonable durability & accuracy. Fortunately, my dealer had a Stevens 200 in the rack. It appears to use the standard Savage 110 action, looks, feels, & handles like a real rifle. At $300, it just seemed like more gun than the "new style" bolts.

I have not yet handled the Ruger, but have cycled the Savage Axis & the Remington. To me, they lack that solid lockup, that you get from the similiarly designed Tikka. The two Remingtons I have used are rough, but they are shooters.
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Old 03-23-2012, 07:12 AM
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2- position safety. Tang safety(back to the future)
Accu-trigger(by Ruger)
Tupperware stock( with choate style blocks)
shorter bolt lift(due to 3 lug head)
4-shot rotary detachable box mag
"tactile cocking indicator" on the back of the bolt, same as a Marlin X7
Smooth barrel nut


Seems to be Ruger's attempt at competing with the lower priced entry alternatives out there.
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There's a pretty good write up on it in the new Shooting times , with some good pictures . It looks to have all the right features for a bolt rifle , even an adjustable trigger . The bedding system looks like it should be as solid as the rock of Gibralter . The 70 deg. bolt turn is a nice feature , hence the three lug bolt ! I'm going to snag one in .308 when the right deal comes along .
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:14 AM
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I really like the M-77 action......why would they come out with a cheaper (lesser quality?) action? Kind of drags the whole line (name) down just a little, doesn't it? Winchester and Remington have lower priced models,but they are STILL model 70's and 700's. I think Ruger should have used this approach. Just my thoughts on the matter. Hope they don't plan on replacing the M-77 because people don't want to spent the money on a "Flagship" model, but the new model WILL cut into the sales of the M-77. Oh well ,they still have the Number One.
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As the oldsap said-Shooting times made em sound like sliced bread.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:56 AM
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Catch,

They(Ruger) obviously felt that the "entry level" price range is a huge market.
Savage sells the snot outta 2 "lines" Axis/Edge, and Stevens.
Marlin with the X7 guns... So now Ruger does too.
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Yeah as oneoldsap said there's a cover shot and article in the new Shooting Times and priced at $449.00. Feild and Stream as well as American Rifleman both have write up's on it as well. Says it will shoot moa with factory ammo and has an interesting bedding system they call Power Bedding that free floats the barrel. It uses stainless steel wdges to lock the receiver into the stock. The metal finish is black oxide ! Cold hammer forged barrel
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Of course that $449.00 price is suggested retail , they should sell for the same price as the Savage/Stevens and other entry level price point guns . If that's the case , I think the Ruger will be the stellar performer of that whole bunch . Time will tell !
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They are selling here for $359.
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Of course that $449.00 price is suggested retail , they should sell for the same price as the Savage/Stevens and other entry level price point guns . If that's the case , I think the Ruger will be the stellar performer of that whole bunch . Time will tell !
Yes sir, i see fritz says they are selling for $359 and if that's the case i think i would be nuts not to get one even if it's to re-barrel it. Oneold, did you see that Ruger has sold more guns this year than all of last year and they are suspending orders. More than 1 million sold already this year and cannot take anymore orders. It was on World News Tonight !!
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No sir , hadn't heard that . I guess there will be a waiting list for an American , if it's so !
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I have been a big fan of Ruger for over 30 years. When the "American" in .243 is available, I will be buying one for my wife.

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Make mine in .358 Win. please.
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Feild and Stream as well as American Rifleman both have write up's on it as well.
Do you know which issue these writeups are in? I just got the new issue of both and Field & Stream had a little blurb that didn't say much. That's actually what inspired this thread. I haven't seen anything in American Rifleman yet. Maybe I missed it?
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:38 PM
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I have been a big fan of Ruger for over 30 years. When the "American" in .243 is available, I will be buying one for my wife.

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