Ruger American Rifle Review
Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Summary
June 6, 2012
I will admit that I'm a
big fan of Ruger firearms, have been for years, and my enthusiasm
for Ruger firearms only seems to grow with each new product they
bring to the table. Over the last several years
it appears that Ruger has
decided to take on the firearms market by coming out with products
that veer from Ruger's traditional past. A few examples of
their new products would
be their SR line of rifles and pistols, their LC pistols, and their
Gunsite rifle. Based on the way Ruger's stock price (RGR)
climbed earlier in the year, they must be doing something right and it is
clear that there are a lot more fans out there than just me.
Figure 1 - 5 Year Ruger Stock Price
This year Ruger introduced a new bolt action
rifle called the "American Rifle" which provides a full featured
bolt action rifle at a value price. Some of the key features
are the adjustable trigger, full diameter bolt, tang safety, power
bedding, rotary magazine, light weight stock, and drilled & tapped
receiver with scope bases. The amazing part is that they are
providing this platform at a suggested retail price of $449. I
was able to find it online for as low as $359 plus shipping &
transfer fees which is a great price for this full featured rifle
and even more so when you consider you are getting an American made
Currently (at the time of this review) Ruger offers this rifle in .243
Win, .270 Win, .30-06 Sprg. and .308 Win. I was able to get one
in .308 Win for this review.
During my reviews I like to compare my results
to the manufacturer's claims where possible so the following text in
colored italics was taken directly from the
on 4/21/12 and gives an Overview, Key Features, and Specifications
Ruger American Rifle. The
are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this
review with either photos, commentary or both. I may also add
commentary after these marks as necessary to explain some items if
The 100% American-made, Ruger American
Rifle™ is the latest engineering innovation from America's
leading firearms manufacturer.
Offered in short- and long-action
calibers, the Ruger American Rifle combines the rugged
reliability of Ruger's past with the award-winning ingenuity
featured in so many of Ruger's new products.
Ruger Marksman Adjustable Trigger offers a crisp release with a
pull weight that is adjustable between 3 and 5 pounds, allowing
shooters to make the perfect shot.
The trigger on the review rifle was
adjustable from 3.5 to 6.0 pounds.
Ergonomic, Lightweight Stock (designed for quick, easy handling)
blends a classic look with modern forend contouring and grip
Soft Rubber Recoil Pad is crafted for maximum recoil reduction.
Three-Lug 70 Degree Bolt provides ample scope clearance
utilizes a full diameter bolt body and dual cocking cams for
, easy cycling from the shoulder
Power Bedding, an integral bedding block system that positively
locates the receiver and free-floats the barrel for outstanding
, resulting in ultra-precise rifling that
provides exceptional accuracy, longevity and easy cleaning.
Features An Easy-To-Actuate Tang Safety that provides instant
security, visibility and accessibility.
4-Round Rotary Magazine fits flush with the stock and offers the
smooth feed that has become the hallmark of Ruger rotary
Also features drilled and tapped receiver for mounting the
included scope bases
, sling swivel studs
and Free cheekpad
Catalog Number: AMERICAN
Model Number: 6903
Caliber: .308 Win.
Stock: Black Composite
Finish: Matte Black
Sights: None-Bases Supplied
Weight: 6.12 lbs.
The review rifle measured 6.13 pounds
including the rotary magazine and scope bases.
Barrel Length: 22.00"
Overall Length: 42.00"
The review rifle measured 42.25".
Material: Alloy Steel
Length of Pull: 13.75"
Twist: 1:10" RH
Suggested Retail: $449.00
You can find online prices for about $359
plus S&H and transfer fees.
This review is broken down into multiple
parts with this page providing links to each part along with an
overall summary of the specifications, pros and cons, and my final "bottom
comments. Make sure you take time to checkout the other parts
of the review because they contain many photos and
lots of commentary. Also, there is an extreme amount of detail in those
parts which is not covered on this page.
As you read these Pros and Cons below,
keep in mind that it is hard to keep my particular preferences from creeping in the
equation. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to
look at the other parts of this review so you can decide yourself on
items which may be more of a personal preference.
My first impression was how lightweight the Ruger American Rifle
feels. Weighing in at 6.13 pounds, this rifle would be a
pleasure to carry in the field.
I was impressed with the smoothness of the action on the bolt,
the crispness of the trigger and the soft recoil pad.
The trigger had a crisp feel and only travels 0.03" throughout
its full range of motion.
Disassembly and reassembly of the Ruger
American Rifle is quick and simple just like nearly all bolt
action rifles. The instruction manual was easy to follow
and I'm glad Ruger provided instructions and torque values for
retightening the stock screws.
My range tests proved that this rifle is 1 MOA capable. I
had a 5-shot group average of 1.41" at 100 yards with a $15.97
box of inexpensive Federal 150 gr Soft Points.
I didn't show any real accuracy decline with my 5-shot groups
through the lite profile barrel, but if you're needing that many
shots in a row, you must be in a pack of coyotes, shooting on
the run, or just a really bad shot.
Pro/Con/Comment? (you decide):
The trigger pull was set at an average of 4.05 pounds on this
rifle based on 5 pulls from a Lyman trigger pull gauge. I
determined the adjustable range for
this trigger and found it to be from about 3.7 to 6.0 pounds out
of the box.
This was heavier than the 3 to 5 pounds advertised. During
the process of this review, the trigger pull weight has reduced
to an average of just under 3.5 pounds.
The stock on this rifle was fully floated
until I rested the rifle on a bipod. On the bipod, the
stock was lightly touching the barrel. I feel this is
something that can be easily fixed at home and is also something
you can check at the store by placing your hand under the rifle
at the front sling mount and then resting the rifle on your hand
and toe of the stock. If the stock touches the barrel, you
should ask the gun store to bring out another rifle, be prepared
to modify the stock yourself, or send it back to Ruger to resolve after
your purchase. I was able to correct this by wrapping some
80 grit sandpaper around a AA battery and sanding the area.
The only issue I found was that the empty cases appear to be
flipping around and sometimes impacting the receiver causing
marks just behind the ejection port. Clearly this is not a
show stopper, but I didn't want to seem biased by not having any
Recently a local gun store had the Ruger
American Rifle on sale for $349 and I was shocked at the value you
get from this rifle at that price. I really like the approach
that Ruger took with the bolt, receiver and new magazine and hope to
see this same approach on future centerfire rifles. This new
American Rifle from Ruger lived up to my expectations and I'm sure
it will see real field time over the years to come. If you are
in the market for a value oriented quality rifle, make sure you take
a look at the Ruger American Rifle the next time you are at a gun
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