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Old September 17, 2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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Ruger Suggestions

A short time back Ruger sent me a request for suggestions. My number one suggestion was to bring out the Ruger SR 556 in 308. I remember years ago they were talking about bringing out a Mini-14 in 308, but dropped it. People were excited about that. So bring out the SR in 308 and price it no more than a DSA Fn. I'd buy one.

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Old September 17, 2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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Odds are that some Ruger version of an AR-10 wouldn't cost any less...
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Old September 17, 2012, 09:05 AM   #3
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How exactly would a Mini-14 in .308 work?

It would probably lose it's 'handy carbine' appeal in the transition.
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Old September 17, 2012, 10:20 AM   #4
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How exactly would a Mini-14 in .308 work?
It didn't.

They tried to make a beefed up Mini in 308. They called it the XGI model. They made a few prototyps and even listed it in their catalog, but they never could get it to work successfully and dropped the project. I don't think any were ever actually sold, but it is possible a few working prototypes made it into someones hands.
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Old September 17, 2012, 02:53 PM   #5
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Odds are that some Ruger version of an AR-10 wouldn't cost any less...
Very true, their AR-15 clone isn't cheap though I believe they were fearful of releasing a sub $1000 AR since it would cannibalize the Mini-14. It made more sense to keep them out of the same price range, therefore you can do much better than Ruger if buying an AR. (BTW, I'm not anti-Ruger, I have three Ruger handguns.)

I expect an AR-10 clone from Ruger would be expensive compared to ArmaLite or DPMS.
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Old September 17, 2012, 04:35 PM   #6
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If you have Ruger's ear, tell them I would like to see a pistol that accepts the 10/22 rotary magazine.
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Old September 17, 2012, 10:28 PM   #7
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If you have Ruger's ear, tell them I would like to see a pistol that accepts the 10/22 rotary magazine.
I don't recon I have their ear really, I'm just on a survey list.

They do make a pistol that takes the rotary mag:

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Old September 18, 2012, 01:20 AM   #8
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Never cared much for ARs, being a Mini-14 fan. But, if Ruger ever offers their .308 Gunsite Scout in a stainless finish...I'm in for some long nights sleeping on the couch.
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Old September 18, 2012, 05:39 AM   #9
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How exactly would a Mini-14 in .308 work?
Wouldn't we call that an M1A, and buy it from Springfield?
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Old September 18, 2012, 11:43 PM   #10
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More on the lines of an M1A scout, but really a scout lite

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Old September 19, 2012, 10:36 AM   #11
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If you have their attention even momentarily, suggest a 7-1/2" Redhawk in 357/44 Bains-Davis.
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Old September 19, 2012, 04:44 PM   #12
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So bring out the SR in 308 and price it no more than a DSA Fn. I'd buy one.
The SR556 is not far off DSA FAL prices. Me thinks a .308 version would be too spendy to compete.
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Old September 19, 2012, 10:39 PM   #13
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I don't think it's such a leap really. Keeping it at under $1700 shouldn't be too hard. Of course it will be more expensive just based on the fact that 223's will out sell it 3/1 or better. Of course Ruger could really own that niche in the market.
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