Ruger a couple years ago introduced their American Rifle series of composite stocked hunting rifles to offer an affordable alternative to their M77 series bolt-action guns. Well it seems that they have now upped the ante and brought out a version of this very gun in both 7mm Remington Magnum and .300 Winchester Magnum.
These guns seem to be a good complement to magnum versions of the M77, however, this is something altogether different as the American Rifle series has a number of adjustable triggers, stocks, and optics choices that the M77s don't.
One departure from the legacy M77 design with the American Rifle is the fact that the gun comes with a fully adjustable trigger. Dubbed, creatively, the "Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger" it allows the end-user to dial its pull weight anywhere from crisp 3-pounds to a slightly heavier 5-pound mark. This is surely an answer to the "trigger-within-a trigger" concept that Remington has brought out on its new Model 783 rifles and Marlin's (owned by Remington) XT-22 trigger, both of which have a similar end-result although with a different way to get there.
These new guns seem to be a takeoff of the All-Weather subseries, sharing the same hard-wearing matte stainless finish and synthetic furniture as the seven offerings in that line.
The Ruger American Rifle All-Weather series
The new American Rifle Magnum series, note the threaded barrel and longer magazine.
Departing from the 4-5 round flush-fit rotary magazines of the standard caliber (.22-250, .223, .243, .270, 7mm-08, .30-06 and .308) Americans, the two new Magnums have a 3-round magazine whose floorplate extends slightly below the magwell.
While some American Rifles come with an adjustable stock (notably the Rimfire series), the Magnums have a fixed black composite one-piece stock with a 13.75-inch length of pull. A three-lug bolt with 70-degree throw as well as Power Bedding integral bedding blocks complete the package to positively locate the receiver and free-float the barrel.
In addition, these guns are sans sights and come with a (factory-installed, not thrown in the box) Weaver-style aluminum scope rail installed on the receiver. As most magnum-caliber users tend to go for larger glass than your average white tail hunter does, these guns are not an option on the company's new Vortex Crossfire II Riflescope promo. However, as that optic is a 3-9x40mm, it would likely not have many takers on the 7mm mag crowd.
A nice bonus on these guns is a 5/8"-24 threaded barrel that is cold hammer-forged, resulting in ultra-precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy, longevity and easy cleaning. Those threads will come in handy as a number of suppressor makers are making big bore cans such as the Silencerco Harvester and the Thunderbeast Ultra series and now some 37~ states allow hunting with suppressed firearms. The recoil-abating aspect of many modern suppressors can come in handy on this lightweight 7.5-pound bolt gun.
Let' see how these spec out:
Stock: Black Composite
Caliber: .300 Win Mag or 7mm Rem Mag
Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Matte Stainless
Barrel Length: 24"
Overall Length: 44.50"
Sights: None-Scope Rail Installed
Weight: 7.5 lbs.
Twist: 1:9.5" RH (7mm) 1:10" RH (.308WIN)
Thread Pattern: 5/8"-24
Length of Pull: 13.75"
Suggested Retail: $699.00 (Note this is about $100 more than the standard caliber All Weather American Rifles and street prices will likely be about 15-20 percent lower).