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Everything You Need to Know About the Ruger American Predator Rifle

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Sturm, Ruger & Co specifically designed the Ruger American Predator rifle to accommodate the needs of predator hunters. Here's what sets this rifle apart from the standard Ruger American rifle.

First introduced back in 2012, the Ruger American rifle was well received as a high performing and affordable hunting rifle. Indeed, the bolt action rifle has been so successful that Ruger has continually developed different versions of the rifle ever since then like the Ruger American Compact, Magnum, and Ranch models.

Heck, Ruger even produces a rimfire model as well.

In addition to all of these variants, the company also produces a special model designed specifically for predator and varmint hunters: the Ruger American Predator.

This rifle shares many of the same features as the standard Ruger American rifle like the Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger, a detachable rotary magazine, a tang safety, Ruger's proprietary Power Bedding system, sling swivel studs, and a soft rubber buttpad. However, Ruger made a few big modifications to the rifle in order to better fit the needs of predator hunters.

First, in contrast to the standard Ruger American (which is built primarily for big game hunters), the Ruger American Predator rifle is chambered in the smaller cartridges most popular among varmint hunters.

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Ruger currently manufactures the Ruger American Predator in .204 Ruger, .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington, .243 Winchester, 6mm Creedmoor, 6.5 Grendel, 6.5 Creedmoor, and .308 Winchester in a right handed version. Ruger also offers the rifle in a left handed version chambered in .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Remington, and .308 Winchester.

Second, while both rifles have a cold hammer forged barrel, some Ruger American Predator models have a shorter barrel length (18" vs 22") and overall length than the standard American rifle. The Predator rifle also features a threaded barrel to accommodate a suppressor or a muzzle brake (which the standard model lacks).

All American Predator models also have a heavier taper barrel, which slightly increases the overall weight of the rifle. With a weight of around 6.5 pounds, it's still a relatively lightweight rifle though.

Ruger American Predator

Additionally, the Ruger American Predator also features a one piece scope rail and a moss green synthetic stock. Finally, it's a little bit more expensive (to the tune of $40-50) than the standard American rifle.

All things considered, the Ruger American Predator is a great rifle for its primary intended use of varmint and predator hunting. However, it's not limited just to predators and many hunters use it for deer and other big game hunting as well.

Though it might be surprising to some people considering the relatively low price of the rifle, American Predator is also capable of outstanding accuracy at long range.

If you're looking for a high end competition or precision hunting rifle, consider the Ruger Precision Rifle or the Hawkeye FTW Hunter rifle. However, if you want a rifle without a lot of bells and whistles that will still get the job done without breaking the bank, then the Ruger American Predator might be the perfect rifle for you.

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