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Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7246866
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I just recently got the ruger american predator in 22-250, love it so far. I am going to re-sight it in as I put an ar scope mount on it and the scope was sitting high, first groups were 5/8". I just put on medium height weaver rings. More natural to aim now. Will use it for seal hunting and winter hunting. Ugly as the rifle may be to you it is a nice shooter. Long as it gets the job done and ain't afraid to get dirty it will work. I would imagine many pretty rifles will not want to get scratched up and dirty.

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In the words of the late Col. Townsend Whelen, " the only interesting rifle is an accurate rifle". My RAP in 6.5 creedmoor is one of the most accurate rifles I own. Every time I think I want to put a pretty wood stock on it, after I shoot it I say to myself, " why in the heck would you want to change anything on a rifle that shoots as good as this". I rest my case.

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Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7246953
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I was trying to look online for the ruger american predator in 22-250 to see if i would be able to convert the magazines to aics. Has anyone ever done it? Not really able to get a definite answer looking online

Re: Ruger American? [Re: That Fool] #7357971
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Originally Posted by That Fool
I was trying to look online for the ruger american predator in 22-250 to see if i would be able to convert the magazines to aics. Has anyone ever done it? Not really able to get a definite answer looking online

Were you able to make an AICS mag work with your 22-250?

I've recently stepped up to a chassis for mine, but can only get 6-7 rounds to sit in a 10 round .308 mag.


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Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7358331
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Had a 788 in .222 best shooting ugly cheap gun money can buy

Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7358378
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^^^^^^^ I had one too and rue the day I traded it.

Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7358401
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Mine's not my best shooting rifle, but it does fine for my tree stand gun. Shoots about a 1 1/4" group usually. The only thing I don't like is that it doesn't have a bolt lock. I have one in .22 and .308 and when I have them slung over my left shoulder, the bolt always releases and opens. Drives me nuts squirrel hunting with the .22. I love the guns though, my ,22 is a tack driver.

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Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7358453
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I agree with James on this. There is a slew of new, inexpensive, ugly, highly accurate rifles on the market. If you want one go for it, but my preference is for an accurate rifle that is also well balanced and good looking. To me, the Ruger American is neither of those things.

Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7358470
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Are you saying the Ruger isnít accurate? Or just ugly and not balanced?
Which model and caliber did you shoot?

I just finally found a Ruger Compact in .243 for CJ. His birthday is next month and I think heís going to be surprised!!

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Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7358487
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Boys you know when you've got money...you can't let somebody have a "better" object than you.
Got to keep up with the "Jones"...can't be outdone...lol

Re: Ruger American? [Re: Donnie H] #7358492
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Originally Posted by Donnie H
Boys you know when you've got money...you can't let somebody have a "better" object than you.
Got to keep up with the "Jones"...can't be outdone...lol

My issue is, as it was already mentioned, I look at guns as a tool. Now I donít abuse my tools and keep them in great working condition, but I donít think Iíd feel comfortable taking a nice purdy expensive tool out in the rain or swamp and getting it dirty, especially when an ugly tool will perform the same.

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Re: Ruger American? [Re: Donnie H] #7358617
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Are you saying the Ruger isnít accurate? Or just ugly and not balanced?


Nope and yup.

Everything I have heard about the Ruger Amer with regard to accuracy has been very good. The one I handled I did not like the balance or the look of. That's my subjective opinion and it sure won't keep an accurate rifle from being an effective tool in the field.

At this point in my life I can afford a rifle that both shoots well and is pretty to look at and I don't mind taking one in the field. Several years back I bought a used Rem 700 BDL in .270 Win built in 1986. It's traditional walnut and blued steel with nice checkering and an ebony end cap. Just what I like. Cost me $625 and shoots 5 shot groups under 1/2" at 100 yds with 140 gr Accubonds. After replacing the factory trigger with a Timney I was at $750 all in on the rifle. That's more than a Ruger Amer costs but it suits me quite nicely without breaking the bank. 40 years ago when I had young kids the extra few hundred $ would have been an obstacle, but not now. From the time I graduated college until I retired I was never out of work and I never drew an unemployment check. Same for the wife. Hard work has paid off and I make no appologies for enjoying the benefits.

Re: Ruger American? [Re: EdP] #7358986
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Are you saying the Ruger isnít accurate? Or just ugly and not balanced?


Nope and yup.

Everything I have heard about the Ruger Amer with regard to accuracy has been very good. The one I handled I did not like the balance or the look of. That's my subjective opinion and it sure won't keep an accurate rifle from being an effective tool in the field.

At this point in my life I can afford a rifle that both shoots well and is pretty to look at and I don't mind taking one in the field. Several years back I bought a used Rem 700 BDL in .270 Win built in 1986. It's traditional walnut and blued steel with nice checkering and an ebony end cap. Just what I like. Cost me $625 and shoots 5 shot groups under 1/2" at 100 yds with 140 gr Accubonds. After replacing the factory trigger with a Timney I was at $750 all in on the rifle. That's more than a Ruger Amer costs but it suits me quite nicely without breaking the bank. 40 years ago when I had young kids the extra few hundred $ would have been an obstacle, but not now. From the time I graduated college until I retired I was never out of work and I never drew an unemployment check. Same for the wife. Hard work has paid off and I make no appologies for enjoying the benefits.

Haha! I thought you meant an expensive gunÖ$2-3K+ My scopes cost as much or more than your gun, lol. By the way, I work hard too.
Now where I donít mind buying expensive is shotgunsÖbut they are working guns that last even if I leave it laying in the bottom of a swamp between hunts.

Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7359120
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I have some more expensive rifles and I take them in the field too, but I thought the used Rem 700 made a good example of getting something that is nice to look at, well balanced, accurate, and doesn't break the bank. I'm not picking on the Ruger Amer, none of the slew of bargain rifles get my interest except for the inovations the mfgs have made to make them so accurate.

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I have a Ruger American that I put a magpul stock on. I know it's like polishing a turd but the factory stock is like holding onto a wet noodle. The magpul stock also comes with a functioning mag which wasn't the case for the factory stock

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Originally Posted by bbasher
I have a Ruger American that I put a magpul stock on. I know it's like polishing a turd but the factory stock is like holding onto a wet noodle. The magpul stock also comes with a functioning mag which wasn't the case for the factory stock

Iíve heard that about their magazines as well, but with 3 different calibers in the American, all function flawlessly. Granted their stocks do look like they belong on a pellet gun, the accuracy and balance in mine makes it a keeper all day long. Could be the Leupold scope that helps too.

Re: Ruger American? [Re: trapperkeck] #7359675
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Bought one in 6.5 went home started running bolt up and down and the cheap green plastic stock made a noise like a train trying to stop. Okay took butt plate off and filled empty stock with spray foam. Help a little but not nearly as much as I like and I noticed the bolt has quite a bit of scratches on it so sent bolt into the Ruger factory to get it smoothed up and polished. Still was noisey so got rid of it before putting one down the tube. I shoot Ruger 77 .280 and love it.


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Originally Posted by decoy
Bought one in 6.5 went home started running bolt up and down and the cheap green plastic stock made a noise like a train trying to stop. Okay took butt plate off and filled empty stock with spray foam. Help a little but not nearly as much as I like and I noticed the bolt has quite a bit of scratches on it so sent bolt into the Ruger factory to get it smoothed up and polished. Still was noisey so got rid of it before putting one down the tube. I shoot Ruger 77 .280 and love it.


had a batch of Ruger All american 22 rifles the grooves in the bolt made noise as you moved it back and forth.

slop the bolt with some grease and work it about 500 times and they get much better and decently smooth.

you didn't want a 6.5 any way , then you would have to go around telling people about it then you would be that guy at the party telling everyone about how awsome his 6.5 was and how it was bang flop and everyone would have already heard how you shot that deer at the last party.

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Originally Posted by decoy
Bought one in 6.5 went home started running bolt up and down and the cheap green plastic stock made a noise like a train trying to stop. Okay took butt plate off and filled empty stock with spray foam. Help a little but not nearly as much as I like and I noticed the bolt has quite a bit of scratches on it so sent bolt into the Ruger factory to get it smoothed up and polished. Still was noisey so got rid of it before putting one down the tube. I shoot Ruger 77 .280 and love it.


Iíve got a M77 MKII in .280 as well. That gun is scary accurate. Shooting from a rest where all you do is line up the crosshairs and pull the trigger and it will put 3 holes that a dime will cover at 100yds. You miss with it and I know it wasnít the rifle or scope, lol. Donít use it much, basically a safe queen until time to check zeros on them all before firearms season, then back in the safe it goes. Like to make sure every rifle is on just in case anyone needs to borrow one.

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