Ruger SR-762 Rifle Review
Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Summary
March 11, 2014
After my review of the
Ruger SR-556C Carbine
Autoloading Rifle back in 2011, I knew it was just a matter of
time before Ruger would come to the table with a 7.62 NATO / 308 Win
version of this rifle platform. In October of
2013, Ruger did exactly that with the introduction of their new
Ruger SR-762 Autoloading Rifle, and I
expect this big bore piston driven AR-10 styled rifle to be another
one of Ruger's success stories. If you're familiar with the
Ruger SR-556 rifles, then the SR-762 will seem like a SR-556
on steroids. Ruger chose to kick off their SR-762 series of
rifles by offering features such as piston driven, 16.12" chrome
lined cold hammer forged barrel, chrome plated bolt and carrier,
front and rear folding backup sights, three 20-round magazines,
adaptable handguard system and a soft-sided case. All you need
to do is add ammunition and you will have a formidable "battle
rifle" which is easily ready for targets within the ~200 yard range.
The SR-762's upper receiver and handguard include a full upper rail
that allows you the opportunity to mount nearly
any sighting system on the market. Installing the right
optical sight then makes the reach of this rifle to
be limited only by that of the 7.62 NATO / 308 Win caliber (600 to
1000 yards depending on who's arguing the point).
As with any other quality piston driven AR style
rifle, they don't give them away. The MSRP on the SR-762 is
$2195. After doing a quick search on the web, at the time of this
review, it seems like the street price will range from about $1600
to MSRP depending on availability. All rifles listed at the
lower price were "out of stock," so most likely you will be paying
between $1800 an $2000 in today's market.
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 12/24/13 and gives an Overview, Key Features, and Specifications
Ruger SR-762 Autoloading Rifle. The
are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this
review with either photos, commentary or both.
The Ruger® SR-762™ brings the downrange authority of the .308
cartridge to the popular SR-556® family of rifles.
The Ruger® SR-762™ is a lightweight,
quick-handling carbine that is an ideal rifle for those who
appreciate the familiar and ergonomic AR-style platform.
The .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge is
perfect for hunting medium and most large-sized game and
enhances the capability of the AR-style platform in defensive or
The SR-762™ retains the features of the original
SR-556® that make it a solid performer among modern sporting
Chrome-Plated, Two-Stage Piston: Ruger® patented chrome-plated,
two-stage piston with multi-stage regulator provides a cleaner,
cooler running, reliable firearm with superior operating
endurance. The two-stage piston provides a smooth power delivery
stroke to the bolt carrier.
Ergonomic Handguard: Round, smooth-sided Ruger® Lightweight
Adaptable handguard with flattop receiver features a Mil-Spec
1913 Picatinny rail at 12:00 position that extends the full
length of the handguard. Drilled and tapped for additional rails
at the 3:00, 6:00 and 9:00 positions (two additional rail
sections included), providing ample space for mounting sights,
lights, lasers or other accessories.
Sights: Folding backup iron sights include a windage adjustable
rear sight and an elevation adjustable front sight. These sights
provide a solid, reliable aiming system that can be folded out
of the way to make room for optics, but can be instantly
redeployed if needed.
Telescoping Buttstock: Six-position telescoping M4-style
buttstock is mounted on a Mil-Spec diameter tube.
Hammer-Forged Barrel: Precision-rifled, chrome-lined, cold
hammer-forged Mil-Spec 41V45 chrome-moly-vanadium steel barrel
ensures accuracy and longevity.
Fluted barrel (for reduced weight and improved barrel cooling)
features an SR-556®/Mini-14®-style flash suppressor mounted with
a 5/8"-24 thread.
Pistol Grip: Hogue® Monogrip® pistol grip adds comfort when
carrying or shooting.
Bolt Carrier: Chrome-plated bolt and chrome-plated one-piece
bolt carrier with oversized and radiused rear bearing surface.
Also Includes: Three 20-round magazines; soft-sided case; three
finger-grooved rail covers.
Catalog Number: SR-762
Model Number: 5601
Caliber: 308 Win / 7.62 NATO
Stock: Black Synthetic, Collapsible
Finish: Manganese Phosphate/Hardcoat Anodized
Sights: Folding Iron Sights
Barrel Length: 16.12"
Overall Length: 34.75" - 38.00"
review rifle measured 34.95" - 38.38"
Weight: 8.60 lbs.
review rifle weighed 8.46 lbs. without
any accessories or sights
Twist: 1:10" RH
Length of Pull: 11.50" - 14.75"
Suggested Retail: $2195.00
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.
I have been hoping and waiting on Ruger to start production of
the SR-762 rifle for a couple of years and I was extremely
excited to finally get my hands on the rifle. To put it
clearly, Ruger didn't let me down. The SR-762 looked and felt
Ruger did an excellent job cleaning up the receiver forgings to
create very smooth and blended surface.
After doing a detailed study of the
external and operational features of the Ruger SR-762, I can
honestly say the rifle exhibits quality craftsmanship.
The SR-762 has a flared magazine well to allow for quick
The chrome plated bolt and bolt carrier looked to be well
crafted components and the combination of chrome plating along
with the piston system should make cleaning these components in
the future extremely quick and simple.
One thing I immediately noticed was how soft the SR-762 seemed
to shoot. The semi-auto action does a good job of taking
the edge off the recoil.
For my accuracy testing, I had an overall 5-shot
group average of 1.74" at 100 yards for the Ruger SR-762.
These results compare with the December 2013 issue of "Guns & Ammo"
magazine where the author had a total group average of 1.82" for six
different types of ammunition and he was using a 3.5x power scope.
My guess is that the "Guns & Ammo" results would have been better if
the author used a 16x scope for his tests.
In my honest opinion, I feel that a lighter trigger pull could
improve on the accuracy. An 8.65 pound trigger pull is in no
way what I would consider to be ideal for bench shooting, but even
at this pull weight, the SR-762 showed it has true accuracy
The gas regulator systems gives you the flexibility to adjust
the gas port based on your type of ammunition and the "0" port
setting lets the rifle function as a single shot for use with a
suppressor to achieve maximum sound reduction.
Pro/Con/Comment (you decide)?:
When I first opened the box, I was a little surprised to see
that the rifle shipped with three DPMS metal magazines instead
of the Magpul polymer magazines as shown at the Ruger website.
One of the magazines had a card attached and the card explained
that Ruger found these metal magazines were the most reliable in this rifle.
The trigger pull measured 8.65 pounds based on the average of 10
pulls using a Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge. This pull
weight falls on the high end of the standard 5.5 to 9.5 pounds
for an M4 rifle (ref. TM 9-1005-319-23&P). The trigger pull
starts out with immediate resistance and has some creep until it
breaks fairly crisp. After it breaks, there is a slight amount
of overtravel. If I were planning to use this rifle primarily
to engage longer range targets, I would probably be in search of
an aftermarket trigger to get the pull weight down to about 5
pounds. If my plan for this rifle would be primarily shorter
range targets where I'm on the move, the pull
weight would be livable.
Ruger seems to have standardized on a simple M4 style buttstock
and I wish they would consider some of the other buttstocks on
the market. My view is the SR-762 is a premium rifle and
deserves a premium buttstock. On the other hand, keeping it
simple helps to cut costs and with such a variety of buttstocks
on the market, which one would make everyone happy?
I wish Ruger had included a forward sling
swivel stud on the handguard similar to what they did on their
SR-556VT rifle. I prefer this method for attaching a
After studying the rifle for nearly three
months, I'm convinced that the Ruger SR-762 will be another success
story. Three months may seem like a long time to finish a
review, but I like to make sure my thoughts have "staying power."
From day one, I had a very positive feeling about the Ruger SR-762
and this feeling has only grown over time. The autoloading
aspects of the rifle make it soft shooting and it proved to be an
accurate and reliable battle rifle. Out of the box, the SR-762 is ready to go to the range.
If you are planning to invest in a
quality scope, doing so will give this rifle some mid to long range
lethality. In short, the Ruger SR-762
needs to be considered if you are in the market for an AR-10 style
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