Ruger American Rifle

Ruger's American Rifle hit the market earlier this year and gave consumers a high-quality rifle at a price that any shooter could afford. Durable, lightweight and accurate, the American Rifle is a true return to Ruger's company roots.

There's a lot to love about this rifle and little to dislike. Call us clichéd, but we just couldn't resist naming the "Ruger American Rifle" to this spot during the single most patriotic week of the year.

Technical Specifications:

Caliber: .243 Win., .308 Win., .270 Win., .30-’06 Sprg.
Action Type: bolt-action, repeating center-fire rifle
Receiver: machined 4140 steel; matte black finish
Barrel: 22" hammer-forged 4140 steel; matte black finish
Rifling: six-groove, 1:10" RH twist
Magazine: polymer, four-round, rotary-feed detachable box
Overall Length: 42" (short action); 42½" (long action)
Weight: 6 lbs., 2 ozs.; 6 lbs.
(short action); 4 ozs. (long action)
MSRP: $449

For Further Reading:

Full Review: Looking at the Ruger American Rifle
Dave Campbell: The Ruger American Rifle
Mark Keefe: Ruger's American Rifle
SHOT Show 2012: The Ruger American Rifle


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12 Responses to Ruger American Rifle

Kelly Williams wrote:
November 21, 2012

I had not hunted in years so I was in the market for a decent rifle. After about a month of research I chose the Ruger American in .270. I figured since this was an inexpensive rifle I would not spent much on a scope so I bought a 3x9x40 Bushnell Banner. What a suprise!!! This rifle may be inexpensive but it does not lack in quality. Within the first two days I killed 2 white tale bucks with ease. Recoil is not even noticable. This rifle was a great choice!!!!!!

William Watkins wrote:
October 18, 2012

I bought the American in 30-06. after shooting a box of factory rounds i took it home to try some reloads, upon inspection of the cases i found very deep creases in the web area,about too the point of blowout,sent cases and gun back to Ruger. Waite and see

KC wrote:
October 10, 2012

I got mine today can't wait to shot it. I think is is going to be a great starter gun for my daughter to elk hunt with this year. I like the smooth bolt and the trigger as well as the rotary mag. I have sold a few to customers now it is my turn to own and shoot one.

RG wrote:
August 24, 2012

I just bought one yesterday, This makes about ten Rugers in my collection now. I topped it with a Weaver 3 x 9. I've shot a box and 1/2 of Federal 130 gr. This is a great little gun, I love shooting it.

Shawn wrote:
July 15, 2012

I hate to say it but Ruger has followed remington into the cheap cheap quality rifle market....This will be one ruger i wont own...and i own quite a few...It's a sad day for Ruger enthusiast

Joe wrote:
July 08, 2012

Not impressed. Ruger makes an excellent .22, and their wheelguns are some of the best, but for a centerfire rifle, Im gonna go for a five round (at least) detatchable box magazine, that rotary crap on a large caliber is nonsense, proprietary Ruger tech or not. I'm sick of rotary mags. So, guess what? Just bought a Savage in .308. Cheers.

J gregg wrote:
July 07, 2012

are you sure savage isn't the maker. patented trigger? Huh !

J Edwards wrote:
July 07, 2012

Nope - Savage Edge/Axis - added left hand bolts this year at the same price as the RH guns. $100 cheaper than Ruger. wrote:
July 05, 2012

for the money,,a plastic rifle,,this gun is over price,,has a cheap,clip,holds four,shots,sight sucks.well if you can say nothing good so i will stop.

Michael Agens wrote:
July 05, 2012

I have been looking for a new rifle to start hunting with. I think I just found it.

Robert Howe wrote:
July 05, 2012

Nice rifle would be good for any ones collection !!!!

Jeremy McCarthy wrote:
July 02, 2012

I hope to own one soon, ruger means quality.