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faris1984
11-30-2013, 5:23 PM
Hi guys

Many people talking about Ruger the american rifle (bolt action) on youtube and saw many buy this rifle this thanksgiving .

What do you guys think about this rifle.
What is the best caliber in this rifle.

ar15barrels
11-30-2013, 5:33 PM
What is the best caliber in this rifle.

What do you want to do with the rifle?
Hunting or target shooting?

faris1984
11-30-2013, 5:52 PM
I'm thinking about hunting ...not sure about it looks so cheapy.
What is your recommendation?.
Thanks

robcoe
11-30-2013, 5:57 PM
I'm thinking about hunting ...not sure about it looks so cheapy.
What is your recommendation?.
Thanks

I had the .30-06 one, as a hunting rifle it's pretty good. It's decently accurate within the ranges you are likely to shoot hunting, light enough that carrying it around the woods isn't a punishing ordeal like it would be with a target rifle and cheap enough that you won't worry about scratching it. Caliber depends on what you are going after, though .308 is a good all around choice(I went with .30-06 because I already had the reloading equipment for my Garand)

Wouldn't recommend it for a target rifle, it can be punishing to shoot for an extended time, and the things that make it good for hunting(cost, light weight design) work against it as a target gun.

I sold mine because I realized I would only be doing target shooting with it, and for that I would rather buy a receiver and build up my own rifle.

ar15barrels
11-30-2013, 6:01 PM
I'm thinking about hunting ...not sure about it looks so cheapy.
What is your recommendation?.
Thanks

What game would you be hunting?

Armando de la Guerra
11-30-2013, 6:03 PM
Look at the Weatherby Vanguard instead. Guaranteed under 1 MOA accuracy. Does the Ruger 'merican guarantee the same????

kcjr1125
11-30-2013, 7:01 PM
Hunting=yes get it. Cheap to buy but well made and great trigger.
Target=probably not.

rm1911
11-30-2013, 9:21 PM
Main use will dictate caliber.

Game < deer -> 223, 243

223 cheaper to shoot. 243 better range and can step up to deer if needed

Game => deer -> 270, 308. 3006

All great choices. Plenty of ammo selection. 308 cheapest to shoot. 3006 most variety and great to reload for.

Can't really go wrong with the rifle. It shoots plenty accurate to kill deer, pig, etc. not fancy and not a target rifle. Just a good budget deer rifle. Optics will be the big thing. Don't cheap out on glass.

Kelster1574
12-01-2013, 7:08 PM
I recently bought a .243 after reading a bunch of reviews. Just ordered a scope and rings.....then I will see if it lives up to the reviews.....I am sure it will

insik
12-02-2013, 10:26 AM
What would be a better target rifle in 308? I was looking at ruger, savage axis and a weatherby vanguard 2.

YZINGERR
12-02-2013, 11:38 AM
What would be a better target rifle in 308? I was looking at ruger, savage axis and a weatherby vanguard 2.

That is a matter of personal preference.
Ive got a RAR in .308 and love it.

NorCalFocus
12-02-2013, 1:30 PM
What would be a better target rifle in 308? I was looking at ruger, savage axis and a weatherby vanguard 2.

I just jailed a Savage for my wife for this purpose. I believe it to be better as you can upgrade it easily. There's a member here you has re-built his whole Savage Axis on his own.

NorCalFocus
12-02-2013, 3:45 PM
Found the guys post in another thread.

I completely rebuilt a Savage Axis SR. in 308. They're great little rifles. Here's the rig I run.

http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a510/PJ0527/IMAG0389_zps1b3448a3.jpg

http://i1281.photobucket.com/albums/a510/PJ0527/IMAG0391_zps6bb67c9d.jpg

Parts list:

Savage Axis SR .308 Base
SSS Axis Pro Tac Stock
McGowan 26in SS 1 in 10 twist Varmint Contour
Rifle Basix SAV-1 Trigger @ 1.5lbs
SWFA SS 10x42 in SWFA Low Rings
EGW 20MOA Rail
D.D. Ross Tactical Bolt Knob
Custom 10Rds Magazine
Harris 9-13" SLM Notched Leg Bipod (6-9 knock off in pic)
Rattle Can Camo Job by me.

If you have any questions about it let me know. I've played with just about everything on the rifle.

firemanjoe
12-02-2013, 6:47 PM
I've heard good things about this rifle. I'm also thinking about picking one up in 308 for deer hunting.

Coyotegunner
12-02-2013, 7:06 PM
I am not much of a low line rifle person,but.I got a American in 22-250 about a year ago when they first came out.The magazine is the worst plastic looking thing and it works.What do you know.Well my Tikkas I love have plastic magazines as well.That 22-250 has been almost 1 hole/100yd groups with my reloads in 40gr.It is a coyote whacking machine with a Nikon Monarch 4-16.
I now own one in 308.I have not fooled with it much yet.
The only thing other than the cheesy mag is the little trigger thingy,that copied the Savage Accutrigger has a few rough spots that need sanded smooth.

The Savage Axis is another story.Found a used one for $180.Shot great,so what do I do?Cut the barrel to 16 1/4".Well it still shoots great with a Burris Signature 2.5-10.Now I went and spent about $2 on a rattle can camo job.
I will worn people though the Axis has had issues with extraction and ejection.I have heard of this a few times now.Savage took care of me though and I received the replacement parts Saturday.Will try to update if it is fixed when I get it to the range.

Like others have said,decide your caliber first.The American only come's in the medium type calibers,do to sharing the same bolt face.
I think I need one in 7mm-08 now.
I have to add this is not a target rifle.It is a hunting rifle that shoots well until a couple rounds heat it up.

Ziggy91
12-02-2013, 7:22 PM
I've been looking to get into the bolt action scene for a about a year now, but still haven't pulled the trigger because of various conflicts with necessity and purpose. Today, I want it for hunting... but my issue is that it would see the range for 95% of it's use since the in-law rarely goes out during the hunting season.

I was sitting on the fence between the Ruger American and the Howa 1500. I honestly had a connection with the Howa, and also love that there's a magazine kit for it. I'll pick one up with a decent piece of glass right after I get a new safe.

OP.....Check out the Howa... price is about the same as the American.

Dontlook72
12-03-2013, 3:24 PM
One of my buddy has the RAR with the package scope and he's hit irons at 400 yards at Angeles. At 100 yards he usually scores 1-2" for 3 shots using a bipod. It's a pretty light gun and kicks a little more but to me it's nothing compared to my Browning BLR 81.

ExtremeX
12-10-2013, 2:57 PM
Look at the Weatherby Vanguard instead. Guaranteed under 1 MOA accuracy. Does the Ruger 'merican guarantee the same????

I think accuracy guarantees = marketing.

Give me a rifle with an accuracy guarantee and Iíll find a load for it that it canít shoot 1 MOA or better.

ar15barrels
12-10-2013, 7:41 PM
I think accuracy guarantees = marketing.


Yep.
Also, the testing is done on indoor firing lines from fixed rests with match ammo.

TacticalPlinker
12-11-2013, 1:56 AM
When I was looking for .308 rifle awhile back, I looked at the Ruger American quite a bit because of its price. I really liked the rifle itself, but I don't like the stock. I'm sure it has its flaws being a budget rifle, but it's a great rifle for someone not wanting to spend a lot. I also looked the Savage Axis, Remington 700 and the Ruger GunSite Scout Rifle.

Your budget and caliber will really dictate your choices.

tankarian
12-12-2013, 6:38 AM
Look at the Weatherby Vanguard instead. Guaranteed under 1 MOA accuracy. Does the Ruger 'merican guarantee the same????
No, it doesn't guarantee it in writing. But it does it all day long, half to three quarter inch groups at 100 yards. For 1/2 the price.
You don't have to believe me. Just read the gun magazine reviews.

YZINGERR
12-12-2013, 7:01 AM
Yep.
Also, the testing is done on indoor firing lines from fixed rests with match ammo.
What!? And here i thought they did it off hand, with Herters in the wind.

ar15barrels
12-12-2013, 2:54 PM
Just read the gun magazine reviews paid endorsements.

Fixed it for you.

raws
12-15-2013, 1:09 PM
I just got a Ruger American in 270 for $275 and put a vortex diamondback on it. Took it out and got it sighted in with about five shots.

After that I went for a cruise with a buddy and shot 2 moving "duck-sized" objects at over 300 yards with it. The friend I was with is a hell of a hunter and couldn't believe the shots I was making with this gun and how accurate it was. My entire set up cost me about $530 with tax and fees.

Just get one, you won't regret it.

steel30
12-15-2013, 5:50 PM
I recently picked up a Ruger American in .308 and love it! Went with a Redfield scope...

Rhythm of Life
01-05-2014, 5:21 PM
Look at the Weatherby Vanguard instead. Guaranteed under 1 MOA accuracy. Does the Ruger 'merican guarantee the same????


It doesn't need too advertise, it talks with its shot placement.

RAR .308 plinks the 600 yard steel at ASR.

ElvenSoul
01-05-2014, 5:31 PM
7mm-08 is what I recommend to all newb hunters. Shoots flat with easy recoil. Lots of power and avail in heavy loads for bigger game. 7mm-08 is able to take deer, boar, & elk.

The 7mm bullet is tougher and able to bite in deeper than 7.62mm.

8200rpm
01-05-2014, 8:24 PM
It doesn't need too advertise, it talks with its shot placement.

RAR .308 plinks the 600 yard steel at ASR.

I made this same mistake couple years ago. Some of those 600 yard targets are HUMONGOUS.

rugersigkimber
01-05-2014, 8:31 PM
I have a Ruger American .243 with ammo if any one is interested.
I really like mine, but I'm wanting to get rid of it for other interests.
I've used it for target practice.

ar15barrels
01-05-2014, 10:50 PM
RAR .308 plinks the 600 yard steel at ASR.


That's not much of an accomplishment to brag about .

Here is the red circle at 600.
Perched atop it in yellow is a 1 moa plate for comparison:

http://caprc.com/gfx/angeles600.jpg

Bubba_Leon
01-05-2014, 11:05 PM
I think the Savage Hog Hunter in .308 is a great rifle at a very decent price.
$535 and it has an accu trigger.

MapleSyrupSmuggler
01-06-2014, 9:01 AM
I have a Ruger American in .308 and it is a fine mtn rifle for just under 400$ not including dros/votrtex scope. It is really light which is nice when climbing or just hiking long distance. I took a deer with it this past season and it shot exactly where I aimed it at 100 yds. It blew out the heart. I have only been able to get 1.5 inches at 100 yds on paper but my bro sighted it in and got 1 inch (Barnes) although imo you don't need more than 2" @100 for a hunting rifle.

Rhythm of Life
01-13-2014, 9:11 PM
That's not much of an accomplishment to brag about .




For a sporter barrel, plinking is impressive. Unless you're talking about taking your time....

autox42
01-14-2014, 12:52 PM
I also have the Ruger American in .308 and using a redfield revolution scope.

im able to get 2-3" groups at 300 yards at lytle creek, I love the rifle but yes if your main use is target practice the barrel heats up fast.

ive taken a few hogs with this rifle as well as a buck last season

NordicDave
01-20-2014, 5:08 PM
Look at the Weatherby Vanguard instead. Guaranteed under 1 MOA accuracy. Does the Ruger 'merican guarantee the same????

+1 for the Weatherby Vanguard

I like the Ruger American as they are tough basic rifles for about $350. This rifle is very nose heavy, and not well balanced by a good margin. I'd buy one if I had a farm or ranch and needed a rifle to bounce around the cab of the truck or tractor.

The Weatherby Vanguard feels much better and balanced, and the stock is significantly more ergonomic.

There are a few shops around that stock both. Handle both and let us know what you think.

-NordicDave

Sleighter
01-20-2014, 9:16 PM
Ive shot the ruger in 270 and was pretty impressed with it. Shooting it alongside my Tikka I'm still glad I went the way I did, but they're not exactly in the same price range.

faris1984
01-20-2014, 9:27 PM
I got a Colt AR15 (M4) changed my mind

YZINGERR
01-20-2014, 10:05 PM
I got a Colt AR15 (M4) changed my mind

Lol, close to the same....:facepalm:

Daisy'sDad
01-22-2014, 7:36 AM
I have one in .243.....yep, pretty darn accurate for a "budget" gun.
Whole family loves to shoot it. Has a Crossfire ll scope.