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Author Topic: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression  (Read 464 times)

Offline BoBallistic

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Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« on: May 22, 2020, 07:02:02 PM »
As most of you know, I picked up today a Ruger American Ranch Rifle in 300 BLK OUT...It was about $503 to get it up. As you can tell, it is not an expense rifle....but I think as of this writing, I have spent a total of about 15 to 20 minutes with it....first thing I notice is that it is very light weigh rifle. it has a short 16.13" long barrel and just like the Bergara, the rifle was the last thing to get it...had the Konus Scope and 30mm rings ready to go, put a Cant level on it, order a three extra magazines for it.....so I was ready to go when I got the rifle....

I am letting the cheapie muzzle brake dry on it and will attack mounting the scope and adjusting the trigger and giving it a good once over get back on it tomorrow....but would like to know your impression of this rifle ?? Good, bad or indifferent....
   
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Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 09:25:53 PM »
I just looked it up. it's not at all what I expected. looks like a nice little gun. enjoy
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 11:46:18 PM »
Bo, I've only heard good things about it thus far.  I believe Ruger was trying to hit a price point similar to Savage's entry level rifles (which are a great value) in a compact and lightweight package, something ideal for the truck or UTV.  Seems like they succeeded.
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2020, 09:40:42 AM »
Guys - Thanks for the input....

Here are some pictures of the finished product...what a mixture of parts and pieces....First of all, it will not cycle on the last round, you will need to unfasten the magazine from the rifle to close it....I let the muzzle brake dry overnight....and mounted the Konus M30 scope this morning, the rings are interesting, all European for sure...to started with made sure that the picatinny rail was tight against the receiver...funny it took a #10T instead of the standard Leupold #12T...had to find a #10T wrench...once I found it, tighted up as snug as I could get it using a #10T hand wrench....Once that was done, I turned to the rings, got them in the grove of the picatinny rail and it took a 17mm wrench to tighted them down. next came the scope rings, and even they took a #2mm to tight them down, that is small enough almost too small....and finally took it outside to level up the rifle to mother earth and get the Vortex cant level plumed-bob, and finally bore sighted to what distance?? Maybe 50 or 100 yards, we will see what happens next week.....Tested the trigger and it broke at 4.5 lbs the first time and from then on, it broke at 4 to 4.25 lbs.....after taking it to the range and seeing what it will do, then adjustments are likely...but we will wait and see....

But here are those picture of the rifle in all of it glory...enjoy....

Now got to fix a leaky toilet....and then go shoot some rats in the back with the Mach2.....

Mad - Hope you are right, because in the past, there would have been no way I would have purchased a Ruger.....I have just got through putting a standard 20 round AR15 bulk magazine in the Ruger, and it cycles a lot better than the one they furnished....after thinking about it, Ruger did a good job in letting you know that you are empty just like a semi auto will do, it will "lock" in final round goes down range....and remember you can interchange the AR15 .223 and the 300 Blk Out magazines...

Somewhere I do remember that surefire make a 100 round and a 60 round AR magazine....I think I will try and dig it out and find out the 60 rounder and tell everyone at the club that I need at least 50 rounds to take the monster deer....I can see the looks and stars I get when I say that....LOL.....
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2020, 02:32:09 PM »
I just got my savage 220 scope leveled. naturally the rings must have been metric and my torque wrench didn't have the right heads. I just tightened as much as I dared

one of the screws was loose already. might be part of the reason it was so crooked. whoever put it on really didn't care

nice work bo
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2020, 05:31:02 PM »
we had lots of the ruger American at the store just the plan ones were not a big seller
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2020, 08:10:15 AM »
Yari - Yea it does take me a long time to mount a scope.....the leveling of the gun and scope take some shims for sure...I got to get the gun level before I can get anything else level....after I get the rifle level, and then take it to the outside and level the scope, can't level get all of them level with mother earth, then bore sight it....

Dave - Thanks, this one is a plain Jane version...it is a basic gun. the bolt is smooth and the magazine release is firm and the trigger does have a lot of pull more so than other triggers that has a similar design....but all in all it is acceptable, it is very light and that is with the muzzle break and the scope mounted...I need to weight it to see how much it is with all the above on it.....

Thanks for your comments......
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2020, 08:16:51 AM »
speaking of trigger pull, my I went to adjust my savage 220 before I leveled the scope. the trigger was already as low as it could go. I was surprised at that. it's very easy to get to the adjustment screw

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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2020, 08:49:28 AM »
yes bo it seem to me to be a very nice gun was surprised that not many people looked at
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2020, 06:25:34 PM »
Yari - Yes my trigger was the same way, it is as low as it can go...I asked the original owner about it and he said yes that he did adjust it to its lightest settings....

Dave - As I have said before that I have zero confidence in any Ruger Produces, having said that I own quiet a number of their products from rifles to shotguns to pistols....so never had any problems out of their shotguns or pistols, or even the rifles, it is just that they are very picky when it come to load....I must admit that I am a accuracy person and my Ruger rifles are all mysteries to me....
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2020, 09:13:10 PM »
bo- I find that interesting. my 270 shoots like a dream. my 44 super Redhawk was accurate out to 100 yrds. I never even made a special ammo purchase, just factory loads on both
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2020, 09:39:00 PM »
One thing I'll say about all of my Rugers is that they're reliable.  While my 10/22 has gotten a little cantankerous after shooting a pile of cheap dirty ammo through it (easily resolved with a good cleaning), I don't recall ever having a single function issue with any of the others.  My #1 is pretty accurate by my standards, and my M77 is excellent as is the 10/22.  The pistols all shoot far better than I have the capability to shoot them.  They're not all the most elegant pieces of craftsmanship that you'll find, but in terms of bang for the buck I can't complain about any of them.  Wouldn't hesitate to buy another one or recommend it to others.
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« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2020, 06:59:01 AM »
The thing about my Rugers is that you have to expect the unexpected...meaning that I was at Knob Creek, KY range doing my normal range and was using the same powder (IMR4350) as my Winchester 70A in 270 Win in my Ruger, and almost ready to get rid of the darn Ruger M77 270, when a guy suggested to me to use the exact same load except change powders to a H4350....I went home and loaded up some more rounds - this time using the same load except with the powder being the H4350....well it worked groups went from 2" down to half inch!! and next came my Ruger No.1, all 5 of them would shoot good one day, under 1 moa, and then the time I would shoot them, they would shoot 3" groups, something had to be done....I sent my first Ruger (the 1A in 7x57) up to E. Arthur Brown, they installed an stabilizing screw and the trigger was down to 3 lbs instead of the 6 lbs and they added a cocking indicator on the rifle....$309, I got it back and began to play with it....it took me about 3 months of constantly shoot it to get the stabilization screw set on it but once I did, shot 1" groups consistently, to say I was happy...then I sent the Rugers up to Minnesota one at a time for the next year....so for a cost of $1525 got all 5 of them shooting good....next came the Ruger M77 International in 243...keep trying different loads in it without any luck, then a guy that was at the Ft Knox, KY range with me on that faithful day (he looked like a young Robert Redford) came over to where I was shooting and looked at the rifle....he then asked me what kind of groups was i getting and i told him with the current load, I was getting about 2 inch groups. He said "do you mind if I try some new loads in your rifle", I said sure anything...he said that he would not tell me the load until after I got through shooting them....he gave me three rounds, and after clover leafing them I was flabbier-gassed with the ruselts....he then told me that he had switch to a H4831 powder for the little 243...I looked at him and said would your repeat the load to me again....he said that the load was 42.0 gns of H4831, out of a short 18.5" barrel, I was amazed, but one thing, about it you never argue with success!! I was looking at the targets the other day and smiled when I saw it, and remember it well....

I own a Ruger Red Label and several Citori - with the exception of the 20 gauge Citori they function perfectly I am in the progress of sanding down the opening bar to make it easier to open it...it is coming along nicely....The Ruger pistols and semi-auto, not the first problem with it.....so I think it is just the rifles that gave/giving me the problems, and hope that the Ruger American Ranch rifle will be the same way as their pistols and shotguns are......and Dave hopefully you are right in saying that Ruger is trying to be a Savage.....             
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Re: Ruger American Ranch Rifle first impression
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2020, 07:02:19 AM »
Did not take this Ruger to the range yesterday, just did not have any room in the truck, I know what you are thinking -  you can find room in a truck for one more rifle....will take it to the range next week with me when I go and check out some of the 135 gn Hornady bullets

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