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Everything You Need to Know About the Ruger American Ranch Rifle

Everything You Need to Know About the Ruger American Ranch Rifle

Sturm, Ruger & Co designed the Ruger American Ranch rifle to satisfy hunters and shooters who wanted a lightweight, inexpensive, easy to handle, and mild recoiling bolt action rifle. 

The Ruger American rifle was an almost instant hit among hunters looking for a high performing and affordable hunting rifle when it was first introduced back in 2012.

Not surprisingly, Ruger has since released several other versions of the rifle specifically designed for particular niches in the hunting and shooting communities.

For instance, the Ruger American Predator was designed for varmint and predator hunters, and the Ruger American Compact is built for hunters who want an especially lightweight rifle chambered in a mild recoiling cartridge.

The company also produces a model built for those who are looking for a really handy bolt action rifle and/or a good truck gun: the Ruger American Ranch rifle. The name is no accident and it shares many of the same attributes as the Ruger American Rifle and the Ruger Ranch Rifle.

It has the same action, Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger, power bedding, tang safety, synthetic stock, recoil pad, and cold hammer forged barrel as the Ruger American Rifle. However, it also uses a detachable magazine and is designed for many of the same roles as the old Ruger Ranch Rifle as well as the semi-automatic Ruger Mini-14, Mini Thirty, and Ruger Tactical Rifles in current production.

For instance, all models of the Ruger American Ranch rifle have a short, 16.12" barrel length, which helps make it very lightweight and easy to handle.

It's also relatively inexpensive and pretty rugged.

These attributes help make it a good choice for a truck gun for a farmer/rancher to carry around while doing other work and have on hand should the need arise.

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Another similarity between the Ruger American Ranch rifle and the Mini-14/Mini Thirty is the calibers they're available in. While the Mini-14 and Mini-30 are produced in 5.56x45mm NATO and 7.62x39mm respectively, Ruger also currently manufactures the Ruger American Ranch rifle in 5.56x45mm and 7.62x39mm as well as .300 Blackout and .450 Bushmaster.

Additionally, the new Ranch rifle features a one piece aluminum scope rail and threaded barrel to accommodate a suppressor. The 5.56 NATO and .300 Blackout versions come with either a 5- or a 10-round magazine, the .450 Bushmaster model comes with a 3-round magazine, and the 7.62x39mm version comes with a 5-round magazine. However, the 7.62x39mm rifles will accept 10- and 20-round Mini Thirty box magazines as well.

Finally, the Ruger American Ranch rifle is capable of pretty good accuracy. As this young man demonstrates, it's a very capable hunting rifle when using good hunting ammo, like the 7.62x39mm 123gr SST from the Hornady Black line in this case.

If you're looking for a tricked out precision hunting or long range competition rifle, consider the Ruger Precision Rifle or the Hawkeye FTW Hunter. However, if you want a no frills rifle that's really easy to carry around so you're more likely to have it when you need it, then the Ruger American Ranch might just be the ticket for you.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Ruger American Ranch Rifle