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Ruger American Ranch Rifle: The Best Bolt-Action Rifle Ever?

Ruger American Ranch Rifle
Ruger American Ranch Rifle. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Ruger American Ranch Rifle is a Must-Have for Anyone: I’m always on the lookout for a versatile rifle that can deliver, so I took note when Ruger came out with the American Ranch bolt-action. They’re manufactured in several calibers, like the .450 Bushmaster and .556, but I went with the .223.

Ruger American Ranch Rifle: A Quick Rundown – 

As far as first impressions go, I love the look of the American Ranch. It’s got an ambidextrous magazine release and the safety is easy to get to with either hand. The stock wasn’t my favorite, but it did a good job of absorbing recoil and had a couple of sling points so I’m not complaining.

It doesn’t have iron sights, but I prefer to mount an optic on my rifles anyway to help with the accuracy. Not that this rifle needs much help, because right out of the box I was hitting targets inside of 1 MOA consistently.

A big part of that is the minimal recoil and the 4 pounds of trigger tension to make smoother shots. If you want to, you can adjust it, but I like a little weight on my trigger. I will say that the rifle is bolt-action, but after a few magazine changes I was firing pretty fast.

Speaking of the magazine, the American Ranch comes with a 5-round magazine but you can find 10- and 20-round clips to reload less. The reloads were simple and, after 100 rounds, I didn’t have a single misfire or jam because of a bad feed so that was nice.

Being a fan of the AR15, I was also happy that this Ruger can use the same magazines. The American Ranch is about 3 feet long and 6 pounds, so it was lightweight and really easy to move with. I love that I can shift between targets or take it hunting without any issues.

One of my personal favorite features of the American Ranch, though, is the threaded barrel. It already barely has any recoil because of the build and stock, but I added a suppressor and the minimal kickback became non-existent.

Ruger American Ranch Rifle: Final Thoughts 

For $550, I can’t recommend the Ruger American Ranch rifle enough. With a sturdy design, low recoil, and multiple caliber and magazine options, anyone can use it. If you’re looking for a solid addition to your collection, the accuracy and ease of use make this perfect for targets or hunting.

Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at the National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.

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Richard Douglas is a long-time shooter, outdoor enthusiast, and technologist. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at The National Interest, Cheaper Than Dirt, Daily Caller, and other publications.