Gun Review: Ruger American Rifle

83 responses

  1. avatar
    bc
    May 21, 2012

    nice write up… so what would you get for $200 more?

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    bontai Joe
    May 21, 2012

    Nice review! I had one question, is the stock rigid enough that if I use a sling to shoot standing, that the stock won’t “bend” enough to touch the barrel? I see where this has been an issue on some other economy bolt action rifles.

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    Jason
    May 21, 2012

    How does this compare to their M77 Hawkeye line?

    Thanks,
    Jason

    • avatar
      APBTFan
      May 22, 2012

      I’ve no experience with the American but the Hawkeye line is worth every penny in my opinion.

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    Matt in FL
    May 21, 2012

    OK, I have to ask, why don’t you get your targets back? The first time you said that I thought maybe you were just in a hurry and didn’t have time for the range to go cold before you rushed to print. But clearly I was mistaken. What gives?

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    Van
    May 21, 2012

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a bolt action rifle and I saw this one in my LGS for less $375.00.

    In spite of its shortcomings I think it would be a good choice given the price and how cheap I am.

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      Nick Leghorn
      May 21, 2012

      That’s the trade-off right there. If it does what you need, go for it. But if you have the money to spend, there are better options.

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    Headoftheholler
    May 21, 2012

    I was interested in this rifle when the news hit the wire about a budget Ruger. Always been a big Ruger fan but when the Americans hit my local rifle shop I was disapointed in the general feel of the rifle in my hands. Bolt manipulation felt gritty, just overall a cheap feel to it. Again I have to ask what the deal is with the Savage type pre-trigger? The set trigger (push forward on the trigger) on my CZ is so much nicer. I’m sure Ruger will sell many copies of it, just not to me.

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    Chris Dumm
    May 21, 2012

    Yeech…maybe they should call it the Model 7710, after the disgusting Remington 710. And then they can package it on shrink-wrapped cardboard and hang them on hooks in the ‘shooting accessories’ section. Accurate or not, a cheap-feeling plastic hunting rifle will never pollute my gun safe.

    An all-plastic bolt action rifle is like a polymer-frame Colt Single Action Army covered with Picatinny rail sections.

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      Ralph
      May 21, 2012

      An all-plastic bolt action rifle is like a polymer-frame Colt Single Action Army covered with Picatinny rail sections.

      Stephen King himself could not have conjured up a gorier image. I may never be able to get to sleep again. Ever.

      • avatar
        MRMAX
        July 9, 2012

        That is truly a classic statement !

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      APBTFan
      May 22, 2012

      Awwww, polymer stocks aren’t all bad. My S&W i-Bolt has a very nice stock. Good solid pistol grip and a nice high Monte Carlo that puts your peeper right in line with a scope. They even saw fit to put a super nice (Hogue?, LimbSaver?) recoil pad on it. I’ll be the first to say that nothing beats nice wood but for the money saved there are some polymer stocks that can be lived with. Sadly they’re not made anymore but for giggles,

      http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson/upload/other/iBoltBrochure.pdf

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    Not Jimbo
    May 22, 2012

    I’m no expert, but I did have an interest in the American. Like you, I was underwhelmed when I got my hands on it. Now I’m very pragmatic and have a deep respect for function and the concept of ‘enough’. Maybe when I actually need a bolt gun, I’ll reconsider.

    Oh and if you’re shooting where I think you are (NE SA) you *can recover the targets, you just have to ask for ‘em and then wait for a cease fire.

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      Nick Leghorn
      May 22, 2012

      Yeah, but when you’re shooting for free you don’t ask for anything more than a bench and some time.

      • avatar
        Not Jimbo
        May 22, 2012

        Um, yeah, shooting for free is a trick I haven’t figured out yet.

      • avatar
        joecr
        May 23, 2012

        While not a range I can shoot for free near many mountains. I just have to watch where I am so that I don’t fire in a National park as that is still illegal.

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    counihan
    May 22, 2012

    The River American really bummed me out when I held it in person. I was drooling over this rifle and was going to order one in 308, then I held it. That stock is terrible. The trigger is nowhere near where it should be. All in all a disappointment.
    Looks like there may be a Savage in my near future…

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    David
    May 22, 2012

    Just picked this rifle up this past weekend at the gunshow in .308. My trigger feels crisp and the bolt after about a hundred pulls feels smooth. I like the slim design and it feels great in my hands. Paired it with a Nikon 3-9×40 will report range results later this week. I like going to the range by TAMUSA.

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    Ralph
    May 22, 2012

    Love bolt action rifles but hate bolt action rifles that make me row the bolt with my shoulder instead of throwing the bolt with a flick of the wrist. Still, what can anyone reasonably expect for under $450? The American does seem like a lot of rifle for nottalotta cash.

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    Doug76
    May 24, 2012

    Seems like a lot of nitpicking to me on what was designed to be a nicely functional and very accurate but inexpensive firearm.
    I found none of the problems the writer mentioned. My .308 version has a very crisp trigger (no creep in mine), the bolt is smooth and was from day one, and I’ve had no trouble holding the stock, not that slick at all to me.
    What should have been mentioned along with the comments on accuracy and the magazine, is the light weight, good balance, 70deg throw on the bolt, and the dual locking cams to make the bolt easy to operate with this shorter throw, and the tang safety. My eye lines right up with my 40mm scope with a firm cheek weld.
    I’ve been shooting for over 45 years, so I’m no newby at this. This rifle incorporates most of the best features of the other inexpensive rifles on the market, and I consider it the best buy of the sub-$500 dollar market. It plain works, and works well.

    • avatar
      David
      May 24, 2012

      I agree Doug, took mine out to the range yesterday and it was just a clean and accurate rifle. I managed 1moa without support and that says a Lot about the rifles balance. For sub $500 it is a winner.

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      Josh
      July 7, 2012

      Shot mine for the first time the other day and thought it shot great for a $375 gun. I got the 30-06 and the only thing i was worried about was the recoil with it being so light but it wasnt a problem after i shot it. I see plenty of dead deer in its future.

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      Timbo
      March 19, 2013

      Amen brother, you took the words right out of my mouth. Mine in. 308 works very well! Great balance good cheek weld. Smooth fast and accurate. Topped it with Leupold VX II, it’s awesome. I love it

    • avatar
      Ghog
      March 4, 2014

      Ordered .308 on-line, got it in two days. Waiting on AMMO tomorrow. Great weather prompted me to buy some local ammo Fusion 150 grain this past weekend. Shot about 30 rounds, Friday killed a coffee can at 300 yards then a groundhog the next day. First one this season. I hope to shoot the Hornady Match 168 A-Max 2700 fps as my standard for hog hunting.

      I love the feel, weight, trigger and works perfectly with my Nikon 4.5-18 Prostaff 7 scope with medium height mounts. No cheek rest required for me.

      Here is the deal for me. The gun is what it claims to be. All American and as accurate as any double the price rifle.

      This gun is a winner! I am going to keep it.

      • avatar
        Trent
        March 23, 2014

        Tested IMR 4064 with 125 grain Noslers this last week. I used the Hodgdon powder charts. Bottom line for my .308 Win is 46 grains gave a velocity of 2890 and 3/4″ groups.
        47, 49 and 50 grains were great too. Only the 48 grain gave a bad result.
        I choose 46 as it was highly accurate, low cost and 49 and 50 filled the case were difficult to load without spilling.

        The 46 grain load is up to the lower neck so it is slightly compressed as well.
        I was shooting .5 MOA at 325 yards. This rifle is amazing. 10mph head wind too.
        Used a Lead Sled for all testing and Weather Flow to measure wind.

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    jimmyjames
    June 18, 2012

    Got my .308 yesterday at the local gun show. $300 plus tax out the door. Put an old B&L 3x9x40 scope on it and went to the range. Shot groups with 4 ammo’s, 4 shot groups since that is what the mag holds. Printed two 1&1/8″ groups at 100yds off a bench rest with PPU 168GM and Federal 168GMM. Thought it would have done a little better. My Savage Axis/Edge in .308 with a much worse trigger printed a 15/16″ group with WW Supreme 150G ballistic tips. Both guns tended to print tight 2 and 3 shot groups but could not keep 4 inside an inch. Both bbls heated up pretty fast.

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    Kevin
    June 30, 2012

    Hopefully you are not going to need more than 3 shots. My range test show it is capable of 1 MOA with 5 shot groups. I had to sand the front of my stock to get the barrel truely free floated. Overall, great value (my opinion). You can see a detailed review with lots of photos at:
    http://www.gunsumerreports.com/review_ruger_american_rifle_p1.php

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    Wesley Landers
    July 24, 2012

    Saw this rifle for the first time today and I had to have one. It feels great in your hands. i believe with a few minor tweeks it can be a real performer. Especially for the price. Thanks again ruger!

  16. avatar
    Michael Smith
    August 7, 2012

    Lets see this rifle is in the $400.00 range, shoots 1 MOA, comes in a wide range of wonderful calibers and has a nice finish. What more can you ask for at this price? Someone can upgrade the stock with a pull-off stock or just add some lite grip tape for very little money. Most of all it gives a good rifle to start with for someone just learning the joy of shooting. I am happy Ruger has once again turned out a great rifle for a price people can afford since most of us are not a Rockefeller.

    • avatar
      Calibrator
      August 27, 2012

      So true Michael. If a firearm shoots well and has good reliability and workmanship then it’s worth looking into. The American rifle is all of that and more. I mounted a Nikon 3-9×40 Prostaff BDC on my American 30-06 yesterday. I bore sighted the scope at 100 yards. I shot 5 rounds with a sub 1 MOA grouping! The gun was NOT bench mounted or tri-pod equipped! The recoil pad is excellent as is the recoil of the rifle. Very manageable! The bolt is crisp and precise and much faster than a Remington 700. The trigger is fine. I didn’t notice any issues. On a budget or not this rifle is an excellent shooter and very worthy of anyone’s consideration! Thank you Ruger!

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    Victor Wilson
    August 31, 2012

    I am a retired USN SEAL, I have been shooting since I was 6 years old. While I was active I shoot High Power Rifle and Bull-eye Pistol competition for 7 1/2 years. I have also shot competitively out to 1000 yards. I am a Distinguished Marksman in both pistol and rifle. I hunt with a 1903A3 that shoots at or under 1MOA. I also reload for all my pistol and rifle ammunition.

    My questions are, what caliber was your rifle you tested, what was the bullet weights, brand, type and velocity. Your shooting rest could be better. I have shoot with many people, some even with a rest could not or barely could hold a 1MOA. Could you supply us with more detailed information.

    Lastly, any rifle that can hold a 1MOA is outstanding, shooting factory ammunition. If some one wants spend more money, so be it, so what? If a cheap feeling trigger shoots that good, great.

  18. avatar
    daryll
    October 10, 2012

    ok shooters, the 308 ruger american with 22 inch barrel and the 1 in 10 twist. Which bullet weight shot the best!!??!!??!!

    • avatar
      Doug76
      March 23, 2013

      150g shot best in mine. Tried 180g also. Not bad, but the groups opened up some.

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    Kim McLean
    November 4, 2012

    I bought mine yesterday. 270 cal in five shots after bore sighting it I put two in the bull and called it a day. Nice gun for the price. As with all new guns I’m sure there will be the hard core guys who cut it down, unlike them I don’t have the money to buy the perfect gun! So I’m happy with what I could afford. And in the end this gun will take the same animals at 200 yards.

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    JWhite
    January 3, 2013

    The Remington 783 looks much nicer and appears to be a higher quality than this plastic piece of nonsense. Just my perspective.

    • avatar
      Cj
      November 22, 2013

      Totally disagree, 783 is ugly, heavy and rough. A pipe on a block of plastic

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        Small Holes
        January 12, 2014

        CJ, my $342 ugly, heavy and rough pipe on a block of plastic in 7mm Rem Mag shot a 0.3″ 4 shot group at 100 yards. Somewhere I picked up the strange notion that the purpose of a rifle was to make holes where desired in distant targets, not to be an objet d’art. Have I been confused all this time?

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    Andrew
    January 5, 2013

    I have this rifle in 30.06. It failed. The gun failed to fire, and cycling the bolt the bolt lock failed causing the bolt to come out in my hand making me miss a buck. I sent it back to Ruger and they replaced the bolt lock and pin. Today everything about this gun went wrong. Two deer less than ten yards away and it failed to fire. Then the bolt came out while cycling it and two rounds in a row jammed to the point that the hunt was cancelled. I cannot stress enough how much of a failure my gun is. I am going to request that Ruger takes this gun back. If they cannot do this I am going to be forced to melt it because I believe the gun I have is completely defective in more than one aspect. Oh yeah, the plastic rotary clip fits poorly and the extra clip sent to me by Ruger was about the same. The rotary push bar scrapes the outside of the clip causing the last round to stick on occasion. Complete garbage. Yeah, 400 dollars is the cheapest gun in my collection but 400 dollars for a gun I wouldn’t give away is 400 dollars I basically burned.

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      Mr. Carpenter
      February 12, 2013

      Send me the extra ” clips” as you call them. I can use them for my gun, which is absolutely amazing. Take your hand off the bolt release, and it wont release…

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        Charlie Knighton
        March 4, 2013

        scope suggestion please in the under $300 range? closer to $200???

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        Calibrator
        March 5, 2013

        Nikon, Prostaff 3-9×40, Riflescope, BDC, $169 @ Amazon.com

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    Emmett
    January 8, 2013

    Andy next time sober up before you go hunting.

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    Sam
    January 22, 2013

    Love this weapon. Got mine in .270, after zeroing I put five bullets in two holes. The two holes had 1/2 an inch between them (at 100 yards with Remington 130grain core locks). This weapon has so many good qualities. The recoil pad works great, making shoot for hours enjoyable and not painful. The 70 degree throw on the bolt is fantastic, no interference with the scope and makes for a comfortable reload. The rotary magazine works great, gives a rounded bottom to the rifle and hasn’t cause any jams or double feeds. The tang safety is comfortable and convenient. However my favorite quality is the adjust trigger, I adjusted mine to roughly 3lbs and I firmly believe that the trigger safety is a huge factor on the grouping I mentioned before. Overall love my rifle, refer to it as the “All American”.

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    Mr. Carpenter
    February 12, 2013

    I have this gun in 30-06 and I can shoot same hole at 450 yards every time. It WILL outshoot any other bolt action for $600, 700, 800 or 1,000. People commenting that have never shot it, shouldnt comment. Your hung up on shiny wood stocks and “flick of my wrist” bolt “rows”. Give me a break. This a dependable gun that will outlast any other. Remember, Its the shooter..not the gun.

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    billy utah
    February 26, 2013

    you know this gun is awsome i dont know why some people put it down what the hell is wrong ? this gun shoots great i own a weatherby to and i cant stand the floor plate to me this a lot better gun then the weatherby you know what opinions are like a**** every body got one this ruger is a dam good rifle you got yours free why are you gripin

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    Doug76
    March 23, 2013

    Leupold Rifleman was what I put on mine, 3-9×40

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    Timbo
    March 24, 2013

    If you’re one of those guys who hang their nice shiny works of art rifles in the rack of a sporty side by side headed to a “condominium “sized shooting house overlooking a 10 acre biologic field, this is probably not your piece but if your a guy like me and leave your truck on foot to navigate briar and bramble in search of whitetail, this is a perfect tool!! My weapon
    are for GO not SHOW. The only impressing I’m interested in is how tasty the venison is

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    Rob
    April 18, 2013

    I wanted a light weight gun that could get banged up in the elements and not have to worry about. I went with the Ruger American in 308 I took it to Canada deer hunting and I was not disappointed with the gun over all except for the magazine fell out of my hand and with it being -20 it broke. I had to super glue it back together and away I went. I took a 4 x 5 heavy buck at 230 yard with a Barnes vortex 165 grain. I will take it back again this year with a backup Mag.

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    Joe
    May 11, 2013

    I hate sporter stocks. Those long exposed barrels are just begging to be bent in a fall. I know about the accuracy and weight issue but I don’t care. Also, it is 2013. A gun without a synthetic stock and all stainless steel is not worth a second look. Or a rifle without a ten rd. capacity. Blasphemy to many, I know, but on the other hand I won’t give the time of day to a rifle that doesn’t have fixed sights. Relying on scopes only is a bad idea. The same with detachable mags. If it can’t also be top loaded the rifle is extremely limited. There isn’t a single bolt action on the market I like. Not one. The gun companies never get it quite right. Very annoyed.

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    Porschmn
    May 22, 2013

    I bought one of these cheap pieces of crap in the 22-250 cal and the first shell I tried to slip into the barrel and close the bolt locked the bolt in the up position before I could rotate it down into the locked position. It will not move back to eject the shell or forward to fire. Worse I take it back the next day after the purchase and Cabela’s tells me they don’t have anyone/gunsmith on staff to do anything with it and tell me I have to go to a gunsmith and have the cartridge removed and maybe they will reimburse me for that but they will send it back to the factory for repair at no cost to me. The moral of this story is don’t buy this gun, but if you have to buy it somewhere that has an onsite smith and make sure you can get your money back if the thing turns out to be a piece of crap like mine (at cabela’s it’s black jack no backs). Needless to say this piece of junk is going to get sold as soon as I get it back! Spend the xtra $200 bucks!!

    Porschmn

    • avatar
      Calibrator
      May 23, 2013

      Your comments suggest that you work for a competitor to Ruger or you simply lack the necessary knowledge to properly operate a firearm safely.

    • avatar
      Bill334
      May 26, 2013

      Porschmn -

      Ruger doesn’t make the American in 22-250, so, you’re either, a. mistaken, b. a liar, or c. ignorant.

      • avatar
        Doug76
        June 10, 2013

        Actually, yeah, they do. A recent addition to the line along with a 7mm-08.

        http://www.ruger.com/products/americanRifle/models.html

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        Doug76
        June 10, 2013

        I recently added the .243 to my collection. Everything I said about the .308 holds true of this one. But this .243 shoots a tiny bit more accurately. Doesn’t see to be as picky with bullet weight either. I’ve put 58g, 80g and 100g through it…all are accurate.
        The .308 liked 150g better than 180g. Haven’t tried any other bullet weights with it.

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    Cc hunter
    June 17, 2013

    In my experience this is a great gun! I’ve got the 30-06 version with a Nikon pro staff on it and I shoot consistent 1 Moa groups at 150 yards. However, I payed $499 for mine! How are y’all finding these so cheap!

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      Calibrator
      June 17, 2013

      I too have the 30-06 version. I had it out to the range the other day. It’s scoped with the Nikon 3×9 Pro Staff BDC. All rounds within a quarter sized diameter at 100 yards! Awesome stuff! I purchased mine at Cabella’s last year when they first came out. Cabella’s was running a sale on them for $389.99. That’s a steal! Excellent gun!

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      Jarod
      October 17, 2013

      I live in Wisconsin so I don’t know if you guys have Fleet Farm stores, but they were just selling Ruger Americans in all calibers on sale for $334.99! Got me a .270 and waiting for my ProStaff 3-9×40 to deliver so I can get it sighted in. Based on your comments (the intelligent ones that is) I will be very happy with the gun for what I paid.

      • avatar
        clarence
        February 16, 2014

        I just bought my second ruger american yesterday
        at grices gun shop in clearfield Pa and the price of the gun
        was $ 319.00 new not used i now have a 308 and a 30-06 in the ruger
        american, hope my 30-06 shoots as well as my 308 did
        with remington psp corlokt 150 grain,i have leupold vx 2
        3×9 scope on both rifles, thanks ruger

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    David
    July 18, 2013

    Nick Leghorn has got to be the softest gun shooter out there..

    If you can’t operate the bolt with your wrist maybe you should work on your motor skills instead of constantly whining. .

    The gun feels slippy..what a joke, try doing some curl ups and work on your hang strength

    I don’t even own a ruger and I hada hard time reading this rubbish

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    California kid
    August 15, 2013

    Hi, I am looking to buy my first ruger American.i have seen on YouTube and other reviews stating that the light barrel is limited to only taking 4-5 shots and then letting it cool off. Is there a caliber I can shoot maybe 25-50 rounds with? Or how long do you have to wait for barrel to cool off. I really want one but I would like to shoot more than 5 shots before taking a break.someone please give me some good news.

    • avatar
      Calibrator
      August 15, 2013

      I’ve shot my Ruger American 30-06 without any barrel heat issues putting many rounds down range. The magazine holds 4 rounds. Under normal reload circumstances you shouldn’t have any issues. Maybe you need an AR-15?

      • avatar
        California kid
        August 15, 2013

        Thanks for your comments.i actually have a few ar15s.just not familiar with bolt actions.and by what people were saying about this gun as far as heating issues kinda scared me. Think I will get one and find out for my self.
        Thanks

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    Seth
    September 5, 2013

    My dad has this rifle in a .30-06 , we put a $60 scope on it and can hit anything we want at 100 yards.
    Ruger just came out with the .22LR and 22 mag version this month and I’m thinking about getting it too. They’re both a great shooting value rifle.

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    Wolfeman
    October 5, 2013

    Picked up mine today in .308 for $350.00 dropped a Bushnell 8x12x40 on it and fed it some crappy 168gr ball surplus ammo off my back deck. Shot 1moa four shot groups at 100 yards out of the box. Had my 14 year old daughter shoot it just to make sure it wasn’t just luck and as always she out shot me with four rounds touching holes. All you cry babies can go spend all your money on fancy rifles, I’ll keep my Ruger.

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    dlj95118
    October 16, 2013

    I bought my .308 American 12/31/2012. Since then, I’ve put 150+ rounds through it with no problems feeding or ejecting.
    I do find the bolt a bit “stiff” to operate. I’ve lubed all required points in the cocking assembly and it helped…a little.
    As a ~6lb rifle in .308, the recoil is fairly harsh. I’ve reduced the felt recoil by packing the stock with high-density foam and 16oz (yes, one pound) of lead fishing weights. This also balanced the rifle such that the added weight doesn’t present itself too much. After installing an 18oz scope (now taking the rifle to a little over 8lbs), the felt recoil is quite bearable.
    Still working on keeping the grouping within a 9″ Shoot-N-See at 100yds. Not a fault of the American, it’s me and my poor ability to hold still.

  37. avatar
    Lance
    October 21, 2013

    Such a mixed bag of reviews. It seems as though, people with the .270 or .243 are satisfied, while the ones with larger bores, (30-06 and .308) are somewhat dissatisfied. Myself, I just bought the .270 and am extremely pleased with the $357.00 purchase.

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    Rich
    October 22, 2013

    This gun feels slim and light to carry. I opted for the .243. The bolt on mine feels great. My only problem is the trigger. I’m shooting 2 inch or so groups at 100yds. I routinely can shoot sub moa with my older ruger mkll in 7mm rem mag, and m77 in 30.06. all using factory ammo. I can’t seem to find what the trigger was set at from the factory. is it supposed to be 3lbs? Dry fire feels great, but when actually shooting it feels like this thing is never going to go off. I will just have to get used to it. I think the gun is capable of tight groups, but the trigger is holding me back. something about the stock makes this gun tough to get a comfortable rest when using my folding shooting table. Seems like shooting prone with a bipod would suit it better. So far I would keep it for a 200yd gun, even though the .243 can go much farther.

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    Big Alaska
    November 23, 2013

    I’ve been a faithful Ruger shooter for over 25 years and recently bought my 14yr old son the American in .308. We took it to the range today to sight it in and after 10 shots the ejector failed. I cycled the empty cases through to and they would not eject at all. I handloaded some 150gr FMJ with mil brass and light loads. Guess I can try some factory ammo but do not think that is the problem. Any ideas?
    My son is bummed but at least he was not trying to tip a deer over.

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    Mark
    November 30, 2013

    I had no intention of buying the Ruger but when they told me it was $299.00 I couldn’t pass it up. I got the rifle in 308. I added a 4×12 Leupold and Harris bipod I already had and went to the range. I don’t think you could do much better for a rifle that was under $300.00. It functioned well, handled the recoil well and shot pretty darn well. Its a lite entry level rifle that you can have a lot of fun with and you didn’t break the bank doing it.

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      Bill
      January 30, 2014

      Where did you get it for that price?

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    David
    December 17, 2013

    Knifemaker62,
    I own a ruger american in .270 and so far could not be more satisfied.At the range sighted in with Nikon
    Buckmaster 3x9x40, three shots at 100 yards touched each other.In the field a week later was able to take three deer with three shots. This is hunting in south Ga.
    The bolt on mine works smooth, and the magazine fits tight and easy to use.I have owned many more expensive
    rifles and always worried about banging them up or putting scratches on them.This rifle just works without worry.
    Rain or shine I will be hunting with my Ruger American, and my skinning knife.

  42. avatar
    thomashoward
    December 18, 2013

    You can spend a buttload of money and not get a better shooter. More money=cosmetics. I won’t have to baby this one,and it (22-250) shoots one hole @ 100 yds

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    Fred
    January 4, 2014

    I can’t tell for sure but this looks like their regular receiver. For a 233 I want to see a mini Mauser action.

  44. avatar
    Jaredw
    January 10, 2014

    Picked the 308 for 295 no tax and it is sleek and I found the bolt very manageable along with the lightest trigger next to my savage 22 hornet

    • avatar
      thomashoward
      January 10, 2014

      Awesome. Why didn’t they come out with these years ago . I could have saved thousands.
      I’m waiting for the American stainless All Weather due out in March

    • avatar
      Bill
      January 30, 2014

      Where di you buy it?

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    butch st. germaine
    February 5, 2014

    love mine a 30.06 will shoot a three shot group at 100 yds cover them up with a dime using hornady white tail ammo best buy on the market period for the money

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    Robert
    February 6, 2014

    I was a little skeptical of this rifle at first….BUT, it performs really well!!! In 308 I get 300 yard shots EASY and it has performed flawlessly! The bolt could be a little smoother, but for the money, you can’t go wrong!!

  47. avatar
    Bill
    February 6, 2014

    What is the cost and where did you get it?

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    lenny
    February 7, 2014

    I bought one in 22mag. I put on a cabelas caliber specific 3×9 on it. Off the bench I am able to shoot 1/2 inch groups at 100 yds using cci mini mag +v 30 grain hollow points! Simply awesome rifle! Am going to get one in .223 next. Great rifle for the price!

  49. avatar
    Marv
    February 23, 2014

    I wanted a hog/coyote gun that I could ruin if I had to & not worry about it. I chose the Ruger American.

    .270 out of the box would not eject spent cartridges without a LOT of effort. Called Ruger; they had UPS at my door the next day. 1 week later UPS delivers the rifle. Ruger included the W.O. of the work done (polished the chamber) and an extra mag. This was a better experience than I had with Savage on a 17HMR that wouldn’t fire (I had to pay the frt to the factory and no explanation was given of the repair).

    At the range with a 15-20 mph 25 deg cross-wind (approx). After sighting in the Nikon 4.5-14 BDC at 60 yds, then at 100 yds, I managed less than 1.25″ MOA at 100 yds shooting Rem Core-Lokt 130gr. I’m confident that when mother nature gives me a calm day I’m going to decrease that MOA by at least the .25″. After adding a slip-on Limbsaver the lack of recoil is amazing. I don’t see how I could be any more pleased with a rifle that cost me $319 at Dick’s.

    The trigger is crisp and perfect for my taste. The bolt could be smoother, but this is picking nits.

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    Ghog
    March 4, 2014

    Two for the price of one. I just purchased a .308 and love it. I am selling my M-77 heavy 22-250 and will use that money to by another American in 22-250. I will have to wrap it with camp tape to tell them apart.

    The gun is so light at 6.5 lbs, love the shorter barrel and I do not notice a huge loss of accuracy over the M-77. I also spent $120 to change out the trigger on the M-77. I love that trigger, it is sweet, but although the American is not as sweet the pull is crisp and feels good.

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    Hudge
    March 23, 2014

    My wife won a Ruger American .270 Win back in December. I bought a 3-9×40 Nikon Buckmaster on clearance and mounted on it. I finally got it sighted in today and really like it, but the tang safety I do not. I shot several different rounds through it, before finding it likes the Federal Fusion 150 gr. ammo. The rifle shot a 3 shot group at 100 yards into 3/8″, for a free gun I am happy! The downside, my son has claimed it as his.

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