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Old January 24, 2012, 04:01 AM   #1
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Another Ruger American Video by Gander Mountain

Here's one I doubt you've seen yet. Just added to Gander's website. They want $399 for it. Wally World is going to blow them away! In any case it's much more informative then other stuff I've seen and read....

http://www.gandermountain.com/modper...1&merchID=4006
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Old January 24, 2012, 06:17 AM   #2
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Around here, Gander Mountain's prices are Sky High on everything. It wouldn't surprise me to see many retailers letting them go for $349.99 or so.
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Old January 26, 2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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I agree. You go look at the gun at Gander's and then find a place that has a good price on it!
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Old January 26, 2012, 12:20 PM   #4
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The way all the big box stores work... like Gander.. Cabelas... Dicks...ect that I have noticed is they will list the guns high... then put them on sale.

So Gander will ask $399 for it.. then have a sale and ask probably $300-$350 for it I'm guessing. Where as the local guy will probably have it listed at the "sale" price all year long.

Either way.. this rifle does not interest me one bit, it was made by cutting corners to compete with the 770 and Axis/Edge. I buy guns I like.. not the ones with the cheapest price tag.

Will it kill a deer.. yes... so for someone just getting into hunting it might be the ticket.. but I would still recommend shopping the used gun racks for something nicer for the money IMHO.
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Old January 26, 2012, 02:27 PM   #5
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It is made cheap yes but has some very interesting (although not yet proven) features such as the bedding blocks which the competition does not have. Also, the trigger looks to be more in line with the accutrigger which the others don't have either. I wouldn't be too hasty to make a decision on it yet. If it drives tacks, it's a good rifle. And believe it or not the new plastics can last as long as stamped metal. Lastly they've given it a 70ยบ bolt lift. This is a Ruger. I can't believe they'd put out a product that would damage their reputation.
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Old January 26, 2012, 03:41 PM   #6
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Ruger does make nice guns.. and keeps the prices down... I sell a ton of them that is for sure.

I guess my issue is more with consumerism. Yea.. I have old Sako's and what not that are beautifully crafted. I honestly love those guns.... but my modern 700 LTR and 700 "Tactical" (their model name not mine ) will shoot better groups.

I love new and old guns.... my issue is people that want to buy the cheapest things possible... then complain things aren't made "how they used to be" yet they wont spend the money on the gun they really wanted.

The way the market trends have been going lately.. its really forcing manufactures to shave every penny off they can... and to me that is going to sacrifice aspects. It kind of scares to me see where we are heading.
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Old January 26, 2012, 06:53 PM   #7
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my issue is people that want to buy the cheapest things possible... then complain things aren't made "how they used to be" yet they wont spend the money on the gun they really wanted
Reminds me of the people that complain about Walmart, yet still shop there.
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Old January 27, 2012, 03:27 AM   #8
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Either way.. this rifle does not interest me one bit, it was made by cutting corners to compete with the 770 and Axis/Edge. I buy guns I like.. not the ones with the cheapest price tag.
I am not going to argue with the concept of buying the rifle with the cheapest price tag. It is a common occurence.

But... I want to know what corners were cut, to build this rifle.

From my point of view, I'm seeing a new design. If you introduce something new, what corners are being cut?
It's like the Marlin X7 rifles. From the very beginning, they designed the rifle to be a great value at a low price point. To do so, they had to figure out how to include the features they wanted, while keeping labor and machine time to a minimum. They didn't take an existing design, and start cutting corner to get the cost down (*cough* Savage *cough* ). They created a new design, where they could provide a decent rifle at a low price point (by engineering it that way to start with; not modifying an existing design).

It's an ugly bugger, and I don't plan to buy one. But, I anticipate the Ruger American being an affordable rifle, built better than most of its competition; rather than a cheap rifle that had corners cut to get the cost down (*cough* Remington *cough*).
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