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Bolt Action Rifles SHOT Show 2012

G&A Checks Out the Ruger American Rifle

by Dylan Polk   |  January 24th, 2012 6

Ruger introduced its latest bolt-action rifle, the Ruger American, at SHOT Show 2012 in Las Vegas. The Ruger American features a three-lug bolt, dual cocking cams and a new bedding system called Power Bedding, which uses stainless steel bedding blocks injected in the stock, anchoring the receiver and free floating the barrel, which is cold-hammer forged for improved accuracy. The Ruger American also features the Ruger Marksman adjustable trigger, which features a pivoting trigger safety with a pull weight of three to five pounds. The rifle is available in .30-06, .270, .308 and .243, and retails with an MSRP of $449. Check out the video from SHOT Show 2012!

  • Pat M

    That sure looks alot like the Savage Axis…

  • bhp9

    I do not like 70 degree multi-lug bolt guns. They prevent you from a making a rapid second shot because they have a much stiffer bolt lift than the 2 lug Mauser system. I don not like plasticky stocks as they are cold, clammy and slippery in bad weather. I do not like hammer fudged barrels as they tend to throw shots as they heat up.

    I recently had an old sporterized Military Mauser rebuilt with a super accurate custom Shilen barrel for a paltry $650 bucks. It had a gorgeous walnut stock, real hand checkering (not junk machine cut checkering). I put a Timney trigger in it and glassed and floated the barrel. I polished the barrel to a mirror finish and re-blued it. It will shoot 1/2 minute of angle all day long with its light sporter weight barrel. Few people know that German Military Mauser actions were built to such a high standard of quality that today it would be considered blue printing. They were made from forgings not modern junk castings. Thats the way they used to make real quality rifles

    • AC F

      HAMMER FUDGED AND FORGINGS ARE THE SAME. a FORGING IS A PIECE OF METAL HAMMERED OR SLAMMED INTO SHAPE. SO I GUESS A 90 DEGREE MAUSER RELEASE IS SO MUCH QUICKER. AND I HATE TO BREAK IT TO YOU THE QUALITY OF THE MAUSER DEPENDS ON THE SMITH MAKING IT. WHICH MOST THIRD REICH MAUSERS WERE MADE BY HEBREW SMITHS SO YOU LIKE IAI OR IMI GEAR AND TRUST THEIR SMITHS, THE ONLY AUSTRIAN OR GERMAN MADE VARIANTS YOU WILL FIND ARE SNIPER OR SCOUT MODELS. THE ONLY ADVANTAGE TO A MAUSER CLAW IS ENSURED EMPTY CARTRIDGE REMOVAL. AND NEAR THE END OF THE WAR MOST HEBREW SMITHS WERE PURPOSEFULLY SABOTAGING THESE RIFLES TO THWART THE GERMANS. WHY MITCHEL'S INC HAS SUCH STRINGENT AND PRECISE INSPECTION PROCESSES TO INSURE THE CHAMBER DOESN'T BLOW UP IN YOUR FACE. FROM FIRST IMPRESSION THIS RAR HAS MOST FEATURES PEOPLE WHO ARE BUILDING THEIR OWN RIFLE LOOK TO USE FOR THEIR BUILD. SEEMS LIKE RUGER IS REALLY MAKING AN EFFORT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE WANT AND THEN MAKING IT. I LIKE THE BLIND SIDE BOLT RELEASE. I LIKE THE SAKO STYLE BOLT. I LIKE THE PRESETTING TRIGGER. LOVE THE V BLOCKS. AM TICKLED IT HAS A 4 ROUND DBM THAT IS FLUSH. ONLY THING I WOULD CHANGE IS A BULL BARREL THAT IS THREADED. DOES THIS NEW ACTION USE THE V BLOCKS AS THE RECOIL LUG I WONDER? IF SO MAJOR KUDOS TO YOU RUGER. YOU MAY HAVE A NEW BASE ENTRY LEVEL BUILDER ON YOUR HANDS LIKE THE HOWA M1500 AND SAVAGE ALIKE.

  • TexasFred

    Some additional Ruger American coverage that may be of interest – http://www.realguns.com/articles/383.htm

  • TexasFred

    Some additional Ruger American coverage that may be of interest – http://www.realguns.com/articles/383.htm

  • Brian Mahoney

    excellent comparison to the Norton, I had a 750 Commando SS so I get the picture. A lot of down to earth info. Thanks

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