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GUNS Magazine March 2013 Digital Edition - Page 66
merican Rifle Ruger A d and Amazing, repeatab le an able he thought of a rifle completely built in America, by Americans is always appealing. When Ruger set out to design and build the new American Rifle they committed to just that—a design 100-percent American. Every spring, screw and part is made in the USA, and I’ll confess it just sweetens the deal when it comes to this already great deal. At only $449 at full retail, the Ruger American Rifle delivers remarkable accuracy, a user-adjustable trigger and eye-appeal surprising on a rifle at this price-point. In early 2011, Ruger locked three designers and one manufacturing engineer into a room and said, “You can’t come out until you’ve completely rewritten the book on affordable bolt-action rifles.” Oh, that’s all? And, oddly enough, 10 months later, they had. And, according to Ruger’s Mark Gurney, “We didn’t set out to build a cheap rifle. We set out to build an accurate, good quality rifle— that was affordable.” This is no Model 77 or Hawkeye clone, but a completely new design. They even did away with the classic Ruger scope mounts, instead going with Weaver bases (supplied). The new Ruger American Rifle, initially offered in .30-06 (our test caliber), .308, .270 and .243, is Amazing, repeat e. nce. manc orma rfor perf co ng pe ding uildi -buil ce-b ence iden nfid conf T roY hUntInGton edItor, aMerIcan handGUnner lightweight, amazingly accurate, comfortable, attractive, safe and won’t break your gun piggy bank. Honest. Time is always critical for me, but when Ruger asked if I could attend a demo shoot of the American at the FTW Ranch in Texas I cleared my calendar. Normally, I shy away from the “go to the factory and drink their wine and shoot their ammo” gigs since I usually simply don’t have the time, and those events often don’t accomplish much other than let us “oooh” and “ahhh” and be all polite and stuff. But the Ruger event was something different. Ken Jorgensen, head of Ruger’s Media department had assembled about a dozen very senior editors and writers and offered us the opportunity to spend 3 days being trained in long distance shooting, zeroing, doping and other such things using the Ruger American Rifles. It’s rare to be able to spend this much time with a new gun, in this sort of environment, especially with the test guns in front of the critical eyes of, literally, hundreds of years of rifle-experienced gun-guys. If something was amiss, we’d find it out. Zeiss supplied their “entry-level” hunting scope, the 3-9x40 Conquest. At around $550, you get Zeiss optics without breaking the bank. For what we were doing (eventually shooting to 1,000 yards), it wasn’t really the right scope, but did probably represent the top-end optic someone might put on a rifle like this. But don’t fool yourself, because this rifle could handle a fancier scope just fine. The 12,000-acre FTW ranch is unique. Tim Fallon, the owner, has developed a school where hunters can go to hone their “safari” skills and/or learn the finer details of longer range shooting, in the real world, in real hills, from real field positions. They call it their SAAM 66 W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • M A R C H 2 0 1 3