The Ruger American Rifle Ranch editions have always occupied a place in the market near and dear to my heart. Namely, suppressor ready, magazine fed rifles with short as NFA will allow barrels. They’re great truck guns, and for the price, really can’t be beat. For 2017, Ruger is adding a whollop of a cartridge to the lineup.
.450 Bushmaster was designed and built to satisfy that small group of people that wanted an AR-15 but also wanted it to put the big boy hurt on tough animals like pigs. According to our point of contact at Ruger, .450 Bushmaster skirts the various rules around cartridge limitations in the midwest, making it a go to choice for the deer hunter who wants to use an effective round while maintaining a straight wall case – in line with state regs. .450 Bushmaster has recently been added to the approved list for several states, and this particular Ranch rifle was created for those customers.
Shooting the .450 Bushmaster Ranch Rifle with a silencer on the end is a pants browningly good time. The recoil is firm, but not too aggressive, and the way steel reacts by being hit with a 250+ gr. projectile cannot be overstated. At five and a half pounds sans scope, this is about as perfect a quick pointing hog gun as you can get, and one that may have to migrate into my safe while nobody is looking. I still can’t wipe the grin off my face.