Ruger American Standard - thoughts?

Discussion in 'Ruger Rifle Forum' started by CulexPipiens, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. CulexPipiens

    CulexPipiens Grandpa

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    I've been considering the Ruger American Standard in either 270 or 308. Any suggestions or recommendations for or against? Scope suggestions? Anything else?

    My intent is primarily fun (range target shooting) although at some point down the road I may consider trying for a white tail.
     
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporter

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    Well, I know Ruger American Standard features the Ruger Marksman Trigger group,

    making it adjustable from a 3 to 5 pound trigger pull...and it has a Hammer Forged Barrel,

    and it uses a Rotary Magazine feeding system...all in a lightweight composite stock.

    Scope suggestions...? I would get a nice 3-9 variable to cover the bases for target and hunting.
     

  3. Rugerman1

    Rugerman1 New Member

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    It's the best budget rifle for the money bar none. Nice barrel bedding system.
     
  4. jerrysriggs

    jerrysriggs New Member

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    Would go with 308. 270 is ok, but with 308 you have greater versatiliy. 308 is short action, 270 is long. 270 will be flatter out beyond 500yrds but not by much, and you get one hec of a mussle blast.
     
  5. sarge1967

    sarge1967 New Member

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    I have been looking at the Ruger American rifle as well. I have been thinking about going with a 270 because of ammo availability. .308 is very hard to come by but I find .270 everywhere.
     
  6. James

    James New Member

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    Ruger American Standard Rifle

    I just bought this rifle in 308 and i love it. Reasonable light weight feels very good when shooting. Recoil shooting some 147 gr FMJ was easy. Trigger pull reminded me of a good Kimber 1911 i had, clean and quick.

    I put a Redfield Revenge 6-18 x 44mm scope on mine because at my age i have trouble with scopes at 100 yards and better, have been quite happy with the results of the combination.

    As for ammo availability all ammo is hard to come by at the moment especially the more popular calibers. But i wouldn't really let that stop me if i liked the gun. Just buy you enough for your needs when some comes around. For example my dealer at the moment had quite a bit of 308 on hand. Of course it didn't hurt that i already had another 308 with about 2K of ammo on hand...
     
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  7. judgecrater

    judgecrater New Member

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    Both 308 and 270 are great choices. The deer won't know the difference. Don't go cheap on the scope. Buy one that will last. I am rather fond of my Leopolds and Nikon Monarchs. My old M77 is in 30-06 and it has knocked down a lot of whitetail, as has my Ruger No.1. Ruger has provided outstanding customer service over the years.
     
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  8. Pancho_Villa

    Pancho_Villa Active Member

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    First large caliber rifle I got was a Ruger M77 in .270. Before that it was .222 Rem. and .22 Hornet.Yeah, real old school. But great back in the day. Use the Ruger and a Rem 700 in the same cal for years. I thought I was Jack O'Conner or something. I didn't care for the .30 cals much, so I did not use the .308 or the 06. Had some, but never kept them long.

    My dad was hung up on short action rifles and preferred the .243 Winch. After some years of handloading the .270s, I found that I could get about the same performance with less blast using the shorter cases. Still not wanting to use a .30 cal, I went to the 7mm-08 cal. Not much difference in bullet diameter fromt he .270 and ina shorter case. The .308 would have served as well, but I just don't care for the .30s in bolt rifles..

    I have looked at the Ruger American. Looks nice. Had thought about getting one in a short action .243, but a short action Rem. 700 .243 in a poly stock turned up cheap a few months back I already had a Nikon and good rings to put on it. Just had to get the bases. It's good to go and have plenty of reloads for it.

    Still thinking about a Riger American, but would have to be a larger cal now. Just kinda hard to buy another cal I alredy have. Maybe I will have to try one in the .308. Guess I can learn to live with a .30 cal. in a short action. Gotta feed an H&K G3 clone I got a few months ago, so now I will have to be scrounging ammo for that one anyway.

    Guess the .308 would be most versitile like someone else mentioned. Wide assortment of bullet weights to load. More dies to get. Guess I would be talking myself in to one of those also.
     
  9. jh9x18ky

    jh9x18ky New Member

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    I really wish Ruger would add a few more calibers to the lineup of American rifles, and make a couple models with iron sights. Yea, maybe I am old fashioned, but I like my irons.


    "Assault is a type of behavior, not a type of hardware" Alan Korwin
     
  10. BioBacon

    BioBacon New Member

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    My wife got me the Ruger American in 30-06 for Christmas. I was super happy. I picked it up and went to check out the irons and wait, what the heck? Got a Scope last weekend for it, going to level and bore sight it this weekend
     
  11. Samblam

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    Hello guys, I am a new member here and wanted to say I think that a ruger forum is an excellent idea!

    I have decided that I need a deer rifle with a little more range than my old 30-30, and I'm really liking the idea ( and price) of the ruger American in 270, and on top of that I really like anything ruger! So I hope you guys will keep us updated on how these rifles hold up.

    Sam
     
  12. OLDBRASS

    OLDBRASS New Member

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    I`d go 30-06, ammo is everywhere and the re-load options are endless. IMHO the most versatile caliber on the planet
     
  13. bhale187

    bhale187 New Member

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    I've not had a chance to handle a Ruger American yet.

    Anyone had experience with Savage accutrigger and the Ruger American that can give me a comparison? I've read that the Ruger marksmen trigger is pretty dang good for a $350 gun, but it does have a little creep.
     
  14. jerrysriggs

    jerrysriggs New Member

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    To samblam,
    Personaly I would go with 308. There are very few situations where the 270 will surpass it. 30-06 will do better with more versatility. The 308 can do anything the 270 or 30-06 with few exceptions. And it is a much more efficient cartridge with less recoil or muzzle blast.
     
  15. Samblam

    Samblam New Member

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    Less recoil would make me think about it haha. I don't really have my heart set on a 270, but I have been looking at them rather hard the last few weeks, ill have to check out the 308 and do some more research. At first I thought I really needed a 30-06 but after reading and talking with friends I started looking at other calibers. Oh if money only grew on trees and I couple afford more than 1 or 2 firearms a year!

    Thanks

    Sam
     
  16. Chort1

    Chort1 New Member

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    A good friend of mine bought a Ruger American in 308 cal. and he also mounted a 3-9 Redfield scope on the gun. He is real pleased at the accuracy and all around feel of this gun. He is going to use it this year for his hunts. I personally would choose the 308. I like their scout. Being on the short side I would look good on the line.:D Ruger makes some good guns.
     
  17. jerrysriggs

    jerrysriggs New Member

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    Yes it is hard to make a choice sometimes. For my last one I wanted something a little heavier, got the Hawkeye in 338rcm. Still trying to locate a good compact big game scope to go on it.
     
  18. AZTimT

    AZTimT New Member

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    I like mine, light and very accurate, but I noticed that the 30 caliber barrels heat up a lot faster than the two smaller ones do. That really is not much of an issue when hunting, just something to keep in mind when you are practicing with it if you want to shoot a box or two through it in a short period of time. If I had to pick just one, it would be the .243 unless they make a 7mm-08 available later on.
     
  19. sm000

    sm000 New Member

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    Alright yall. I took the plunge and bought the American 270 Win. And I mounted a Weaver 3x12x50 on it. I chose Weaver because I have 2 other ones that I'm very pleased with. Had it bore sighted and I'm taking it to the range in the morning to sight it in. I've been reading a lot of good things about it and at $430 from Academy it was hard to pass up. I'll let yall know how it feels.
     
  20. phideaux

    phideaux Active Member

    Im in the market for a bolt action, but in .223.
    Anybody heard,if Ruger has intentions on the .223, any time soon?


    Thanks
    Jim