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    Thinking hard on the Ruger American Ranch

    In 7.62x39.
    LGS has one reduced to $399.
    The little Russian round has always intrigued me and I've never owned one.
    Anybody got feedback on the ranch model?



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    I used my Ruger Ranch 7.62X39mm to take down a doe on a "nuisance permit/crop damage" hunt last summer. I have a Vortex 1-4X on the rifle and it likes 150 gr .311 inch Zastava bullets (with A1680 powder but can't remember the charge weight). I have been very happy with this rifle--no complaints!
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    Vooch, I don't have experience with the ranch version but I have/do own several Ruger Americans and in fact, have given a couple as Christmas gifts. They are all very ergonomic, accurate, attractive rifles. The Ranch version with the 16.5 inch threaded barrel will be a super-handy rifle in 7.62X39. That cartridge produces 30-30 level performance. Put a suppressor on it and you'll have blast shooting subsonic too.

    I'd jump on it!

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    Never shot one,did fondle one at Gander during there big sale.I like how easy they went to the shoulder. I have 3 Rugers and love them,never had a issue with them.
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    I had a 7.62X39 in a TC Encore with a 14" barrel. It was very accurate adn at least as good as the 30 Herrit. The TC pistols were a phase I went through. No longer have any. As stated the 7.62 is similar to a 30-30 using lighter bullets. I have a bullet mold designed for the cartridge that throws cast bullets at over 160 grains. It is a pointed bullet. Used them in other rifles. Depending on what you wanted it for the Ruger American's are good rifles at their cost. Some of the cheap factory ammo is not reloadable. May bot be worth reloading it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ret_Eng View Post
    I used my Ruger Ranch 7.62X39mm to take down a doe on a "nuisance permit/crop damage" hunt last summer. I have a Vortex 1-4X on the rifle and it likes 150 gr .311 inch Zastava bullets (with A1680 powder but can't remember the charge weight). I have been very happy with this rifle--no complaints!
    What do you think of the 16" barrel on this rifle Eng?
    How's the overall balance, especially shooting offhand?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vooch View Post
    What do you think of the 16" barrel on this rifle Eng?
    How's the overall balance, especially shooting offhand?



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    Balance is very good but I just have a bird cage flash supressor and low profile scope on my rifle. If one were to install a supressor and/or large scope--that would probably change things. Accuracy with my reloads at 50 yards/100 yards is outstanding.
    Last edited by Ret_Eng; 10-29-2019 at 10:09 AM.
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    Have one in 5.56. Pro's very short, light, handy with decent trigger, great little rifle for in the truck, with a 2x7 scope in aluminum rings balances well. Can not find or build an accurate load for it, as far as the range is concerned, seems to be at best 2 inch rifle at 100 yds. This particular rifle is not a riflemans rifle, as misses can generally be attributed to the rifle.

    Anyway, should be an ideal platform for the 7.62x39. Have had that caliber in various mini mausers, makes a good short range deer rifle.
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    Due to California issues, I bought the 5.56 for supplementation. Sent it back as full rear sight adjustment was needed to correct POI/. Very happy with Ruger's responsiveness. Not sure yet on accuracy. 2" at 100? Just not there for me ........yet?
    Neat little package for the intended use otherwise.

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    Ruger is very customer friendly. I would send it back. Or, could be, just the stock screws not torqued correctly or just not right. That is usually the issue. My experience is different. Using 62 grain lead tip I achieved just under 1" moa sighting in my brothers rifle.
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