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kansaswiderack 03-03-2014 12:32 PM

ruger american
looking at various guns in 223. this one came up @ the gun shop and i was wondering what experience anyone had with them.

JagMagMan 03-03-2014 03:23 PM

At the range a few weeks ago I was talking to a guy that was shooting a Ruger American. He was very impressed with it. He also had a couple of other rifles that were much pricier than the Ruger American, but it was the Ruger that he was most proud of, so it must be a pretty good model!

Sheridan 03-03-2014 06:02 PM

Everything I've heard is positive.

One thing for sure - Ruger's are over-built !!!

rjhans53 03-04-2014 12:15 PM

for what it's worth, Just picked up a 223 myself however it's an savage axis.
Trigger is ok
Stock is a cheap plastic stock
Recoil lug in the stock doesn't seem to be an issue
Clip seems flimsy but it functions fine
The thing flat out shoots, military surplus, new commercial ammo and my hand loads. Under 1/2 at 100 and a single bug hole at 50.

GTOHunter 03-05-2014 04:34 PM

I've been wanting to get myself a Ruger American Rifle also,everything I've read about them was pretty good and several Shooters have really bragged on them....I was going to go with a 22-250 but since I read that they were making a .223 Caliber now that's what I think will be one of my next new Rifles.The Ruger American has an adjustable trigger which makes it a nice Rifle and it's Affordable!

Like Rjhans53 I also have a Savage Axis XP Camo .223 Rifle with the Bushnell 3x9x40mm scope package and it was affordable,easy to carry and Accurate,this year Savage has the Axis II with the Accu-trigger now so it's an even better made Rifle with the better trigger!

kansaswiderack 03-06-2014 01:07 PM

When looking at the ruger american @ the gun shops i keep hearing the term "its a great entry level rifle." that makes me a little nervous and makes me think i may not like it on down the road in a couple of years. the only ruger i ever owned was a red label and i loved it at first but eventually got rid of it because of weight. it was a little heavy for a 20 ga over and under. any one have second thoughts on you ruger american?

GTOHunter 03-07-2014 06:34 PM

Entry Level Rifle is another fancy name for someone's first Affordable Rifle! :D ;)

I have a few higher priced Rifle and even tho I could afford to get a few more I opted for the so called Entry Level Savage Axis XP Camo .223 Rifle,it has the synthetic stock and is a nice light weight carrying Rifle that is good and Accurate as my more expensive Rifles and it didn't break the Bank and I can buy another Entry Level Rifle of a different Caliber to enjoy shooting and Hunting with.

GOOD OLE BOY 03-12-2014 01:47 PM

I agree 100%.

BRUSE 03-12-2014 01:58 PM

I am looking at one in 22mag. Does anyone have one of those

Rob1969 03-12-2014 02:59 PM

I looked at the American a few times. Looks cool in the NRA mag. But the bolt action is harsh. I'd skip it. Same with that Savage Axis. Very sloppy.

RobertSubnet 03-14-2014 06:44 AM

I am looking at one in 22mag.
Keep in mind the .22mag ammo is $$$. I used to have a Marlin .22mag...a very accurate rifle but the ammo was expensive.

sauer14 03-16-2014 07:54 PM

I recently bought a Ruger American 308, very inexpensive rifle, very light rifle, reasonably accurate with reloads. good value. Recoil is not that bad for such a light rifle but because of it's light weight it is not quite as accurate as a heavyer rifle from a rest.
Not a tack driver but for less than $400 it's a good value.

Stoeger111 03-24-2014 02:31 PM

These are not finely finished smooth rifles. You can get that for twice the price. These rifles work. They are accurate. That is all you can expect for the ridiculously low price they sell for. I believe they are a true bargain.

Bbj270 03-24-2014 04:04 PM

Seen a three shot group with the 22 mag that was one ragged hole at 100 yards with winchester super x. The gunsmith that showed me that said he dealt with 5 or 6 and they all shot that good the Magnums better then the 22. He got the triggers down to about 2 lbs.

BRUSE 03-24-2014 04:47 PM

Just picked mine up deciding on which scope then I'll go shoot it. I can't wait. the ammo is hard to find but I got two boxes it cost a lot more than it used

Bbj270 03-24-2014 05:03 PM

He said it tools about 20 shoots but then the group's start to shrink.

huffmanite 03-25-2014 06:44 AM

Fellow range member has owned a Marlin X7 .223 for 4 or so months now. He's quite happy with the accuracy of it. I own several of the Marlin X7 rifles in other cartridges and they all shoot well.

Own an Axis .223 too, and prefer the Marlin X rifles over it.

buckman11 03-25-2014 07:36 AM

the American is very poorly built in my opinion. I would not buy one. on the other hand the savage axis is a pretty nice rilfe, im very pleased with what ive seen out of them.

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