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horatioo
January 18, 2013, 09:48 PM
I want a better deer rifle that I can put a scope on. I use an SKS now. The Ruger American 270 is for sale for $330.

I dont anticipate ever shooting at a deer at over 150 yards and to be truthful not over 100 yards.

My question is this a good rifle? At a good price? I researched deer rifles a few years ago and wanted a remington 700, but money is tight.

I want a good rifle, for inexpensive, that I can put a scope on and shoot deer efficiently with. Is this a good choice?

Also can I get a good scope for it for ~$100. All I need from a scope is good enough.

Thanks

WildBill45
January 18, 2013, 09:54 PM
Why do you think that rifle can't shoot over 150 yards? A 270, even that one can shoot well at 400 yards and more easily ... it is not the rifle, but the shooter with the limitations. I am sure it will do what you want it to do... No worries mate!

WildBill45
January 18, 2013, 09:55 PM
PS: This is the Semi-auto section, and the Ruger American is a bolt gun. Just thought I would mention that.

horatioo
January 18, 2013, 09:58 PM
The 150 yards was more a comment on my ability and the place I hunt then anything to do with the gun.

I dont have any idea how far it would shoot. I just dont think I would shoot at a deer over 150 yards. Maybe if I was a lot more confident. That is what the scope is for. But the land I shoot at probably doesnt have a lot of 150 yard shots.

jimbob86
January 18, 2013, 10:04 PM
I've heard good things about the Ruger American...... $330 sounds inexpensive to me..... but what do I know? I hunt deer with an antiquated Remmy 721 (with a scope on it that can be had on e-bay for $30) ..... seems to work, though, at 15 feet to "way out past Ft. Mudge" ......

My brother bought one just like it (almost, his had considerably less wear on it than mine, though it was almost 10 years older), off the consignment rack at Green Mtn. Guns in Denver .....$400 OTD, with a better scope than mine, and a tool box full of handloading components, a lyman reloading tool and load data .....

SKS's are fetching a pretty penny right now, what with the semi-auto ban concerns ...... get the Ruger, sell the SKS, and buy a handloading set-up and a butt-load of components......

Mike38
January 18, 2013, 10:07 PM
An SKS with good ammo would drop deer sized game just fine at 100 yards. But if you're looking for an excuse to buy a bolt rifle, the Ruger American is a good starter.

jimbob86
January 18, 2013, 10:16 PM
I dont have any idea how far it would shoot. I just dont think I would shoot at a deer over 150 yards. Maybe if I was a lot more confident.

Confidence is built by successful experience.

Shoot at pie plate sized targets at 150 yards, first from a benched sandbag to see if the gun/load is capable of it, and then from field positions to see if you are.

My best advice? Learn to use an m-1907 style shooting sling from field positions, and quickly ..... and shoot as much as you can.

http://carnival.saysuncle.com/001086.html

I used to use my .270 to shoot prairie dogs ....... when you can consistantly whack a tiny target like a prairie dog from field positions, hitting the boiler room of a deer is not hard at all.

Metal god
January 18, 2013, 11:34 PM
Wow Nobody getting to the point . I have an American in 308 and it shoots great with the right ammo

http://imageshack.us/a/img690/9782/phone004.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img580/6918/guntargets006.jpg

That's using a $60 3-9x40 Tasco world class scope . I paid $360 for mine and thought it was a good deal so $330 is a good price . I like my rifle a lot and would recommend it .

The stock is a little cheep but I think that's one places they tried to save money and it shows . I have a review on my rifle here at TFL . Check out the first page and the last page . I added some stuff to the review in the last month and its on the last page of the review .
http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492169