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Old April 7, 2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Ruger American... again

I bought my ruger in February, and started reloading 270 shortly after.

I now have over 500 rounds though the gun, and I just can not get over how amazing these rifles are.

So far, I have done some free mods and have spent

Rifle - $350
Nikon prostaff 4-12x40 - $145 (50 rebate, coupon code, free shipping)
Bipod - $30

All in all, $525

Yesterday the range was pretty windy, 10-12 mph winds, 5 shots, 3 golf balls, 100 yards. The first two were a hair high, one click down, the next 3 were hits. This was the only one that wasnt vaporized. I truly feel at 100 yards, the only reason this rifle isn't sub MOA, is human error (which I have a lot of).

Ammo spec

140gr SST set .010" off the rifling
57.5gr of H4831SC
No crimp
Averaging right around 2900 FPS



If you are debating the Ruger American, I do not think you can do better for the money.

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Old April 7, 2013, 09:56 AM   #2
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You're preaching to the choir, in my case.

My American in .308 Winchester had a problem with the scope bases being out of whack, but I dealt with that problem and have been very happy with the gun's accuracy.

One humorous note here is that the Ruger American was bought to serve as a backup for my beautiful, pricey Browning BLR - but the Ruger's groups are about half the size of the Browning's.

A lot of shooters are running across this problem with the American Vs their old favorite rifle, from what I understand...

Sure, it's kinda ugly and has to be oiled constantly so that it won't rust ( especially the outside finish on the barrel ) - but the accuracy is phenomenal.
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Old April 7, 2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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Yup. I have one huge issue with the Ruger American. That is, I want another one chambered in 22-250.
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Old April 10, 2013, 08:08 AM   #4
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Guess I'm gonna have to break down and get one...no biggie. Big ruger fan.
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Old April 11, 2013, 06:38 AM   #5
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My buddy has one in 30-06. I cant get over how accurate it is. I am planning to send a mauser out for accurizing and re-barrel. Considering the cost I could get a RA for the same money or less. Now im considering just keeping the mauser in the safe as-is.
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Old April 11, 2013, 07:20 AM   #6
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Love my American in .270!
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Old April 11, 2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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Sure, it's kinda ugly and has to be oiled constantly so that it won't rust ( especially the outside finish on the barrel ) - but the accuracy is phenomenal.
What oil are you using? Have you tried a wax protector or RIG?
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Old April 11, 2013, 07:06 PM   #8
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What oil are you using? Have you tried a wax protector or RIG?
I used Rem-Oil from a spray can for a while... I have since gone over to Mobil One synthetic motor oil with much better results.
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Old April 11, 2013, 07:54 PM   #9
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Remoil is total junk. If you have any left throw it away.

RIG grease is the best product i have found.
I have had one 3 oz can for about 4 years and have used maybe 10%. It works much better at protection of external metal in weather and over time than the other oils/CLPs I have tried. Was recommended to me by a gunshop that said it was the only thing they found that kept their inventory from getting fingerprint rust.
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Old April 12, 2013, 09:50 PM   #10
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Ruger American... again

Why can't they make a Ruger American in .223?
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Old April 12, 2013, 10:25 PM   #11
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Why can't they make a Ruger American in .223?
They will for sure . The tide is turning . When I bought mine just after they came out . Half the reviews were bad and 1/4 of those were flat out trashing them . Now its hard to find a bad review on the RAR . I really think I'm going to get the compact 243 to go with my 308 . Then maybe the 223
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Old April 13, 2013, 02:24 PM   #12
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5 shot group from today.



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Old April 13, 2013, 03:34 PM   #13
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looking good RCP . well Took my rifle out of the safe last night to check it out . It's been sitting for a while now . I started dry firing it and was a little surprised how much trigger creep it has and it felt real gritty as well . I didn't remember it having that much movement and grit . It may be that I've been shooting and working with my new Savage that has a accu-trigger . It really seems like a lot of movement to me . Maybe I'll take it out of the stock and see what's up .
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