Ruger American: Your Ultimate Guide

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The Ruger American is a popular line of firearms produced by Sturm, Ruger & Co. Since its introduction in 2011, the Ruger American has gained a reputation for reliability, accuracy, and affordability. With a variety of models and calibers available, the Ruger American is a versatile option for hunters, sport shooters, and anyone in need of a reliable firearm.

However, for those who are new to the Ruger American or firearms in general, it can be difficult to know where to start. In this article, we'll answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the Ruger American, giving you the information you need to make an informed decision about this popular firearm.

The Story of the Ruger American Series

Sturm, Ruger & Co., renowned for the Ruger American series, represents a saga of innovation and quality in American firearms manufacturing. Founded in 1949 by William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm with a modest $50,000 investment, the company first made waves with the Ruger Standard, a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. This initial success laid the foundation for Ruger's philosophy: producing reliable, high-quality, and affordable firearms.

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The Ruger American series, a 21st-century innovation, embodies this ethos. Designed as a versatile bolt-action rifle, it caters to various shooting disciplines, from hunting to target shooting. Key features like the Power Bedding® system, Marksman Adjustable™ trigger, and a rotary magazine underscore Ruger's commitment to precision and user-friendly design. The series' popularity among hunters, sport shooters, and firearm enthusiasts cements Ruger's legacy as a brand synonymous with American shooting culture, balancing traditional craftsmanship with modern technology.

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RUGER AMERICAN .308: 
The Ruger American .308 is a powerful rifle that is ideal for long-range shooting. It features a threaded barrel, adjustable trigger, and Moss Green synthetic stock. With its accuracy and stopping power, the Ruger American .308 is a popular choice for hunters and precision shooters.

Ruger American Predator:

The Ruger American Predator is a high-performance rifle that is designed for accuracy and speed. It features a threaded barrel, adjustable trigger, and Moss Green synthetic stock. With its lightweight design and powerful calibers, the Ruger American Predator is a versatile option for hunters and shooters.

Ruger American Ranch
 The Ruger American Ranch is a compact and powerful rifle that is designed for hunting and tactical use. It features a threaded barrel, flat dark earth synthetic stock, and a compact design that makes it easy to carry in the field. With calibers like .223 Rem and 7.62x39mm available, the Ruger American Ranch is a reliable and versatile option for hunters and shooters.

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Ruger American 6.5 Creedmoor: The Ruger American 6.5 Creedmoor is a popular rifle that is known for its accuracy and reliability. It features a bolt-action design, rotary magazine, and adjustable trigger. With its long-range capabilities and powerful caliber, the Ruger American 6.5 Creedmoor is a popular choice for hunters and long-range shooters.

Ruger American Ranch 300 Blackout:
The Ruger American Ranch 300 Blackout is a powerful and compact rifle that is designed for hunting and tactical use. It features a threaded barrel, flat dark earth synthetic stock, and a rotary magazine. With its powerful caliber and compact design, the Ruger American Ranch 300 Blackout is a reliable and versatile option for hunters and tactical shooters.

Ruger American Rimfire
: The Ruger American Rimfire is a versatile and reliable rifle that is designed for plinking and small game hunting. It features a modular stock system, adjustable trigger, and rotary magazine. With calibers like .22 LR and .17 HMR available, the Ruger American Rimfire is a popular choice for recreational shooters and small game hunters.

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Model Caliber options Feature Capacity Length Sight Weight Finish Stock material Barrel Length MSRP Action Feed system
Ruger American Rifle .223 Rem, .243 Win, .270 Win, .308 Win, 30-06 Sprg, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm-08 Rem Power bedding system 4+1, 5+1, 6+1 (depending on caliber) 42" (22" barrel), 36.75" (18" barrel) None (drilled and tapped for scope mounts) 6.25 lbs (22" barrel), 5.5 lbs (18" barrel) Matte black Synthetic 22", 18" (Compact model) $489-$629 Bolt-action Rotary magazine
Ruger American .308 .308 Win Threaded barrel 4+1 42" None (drilled and tapped for scope mounts) 6.6 lbs Matte black Synthetic (Moss Green) 22" $599 Bolt-action Rotary magazine
Ruger American Predator .204 Ruger, .223 Rem, .22-250 Rem, .243 Win, 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, 6mm Creedmoor Threaded barrel, Moss Green synthetic stock 4+1 42" None (drilled and tapped for scope mounts) 6.7 lbs (22" barrel), 6.6 lbs (18" barrel) Matte black Synthetic (Moss Green) 22" (22" barrel), 18" (18" barrel) $529-$699 Bolt-action Rotary magazine
Ruger American Ranch .223 Rem, 300 Blackout, 5.56 NATO, 7.62x39mm Threaded barrel, Flat Dark Earth synthetic stock 5+1, 10+1 (depending on caliber) 36" None (drilled and tapped for scope mounts) 5.9 lbs Matte black Synthetic (Flat Dark Earth) 16.12" $519-$699 Bolt-action Rotary magazine
Ruger American 6.5 Creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor Rotary magazine, adjustable trigger 4+1 42" None (drilled and tapped for scope mounts) 6.6 lbs Matte black Synthetic 22" $529-$699 Bolt-action Rotary magazine
Ruger American Ranch 300 Blackout 300 Blackout Threaded barrel, Flat Dark Earth synthetic stock 5+1 36" None (drilled and tapped for scope mounts) 5.9 lbs Matte black Synthetic (Flat Dark Earth) 16.12" $519-$699 Bolt-action Rotary magazine
Ruger American Rimfire .22 LR, .22 WMR, .17 HMR Adjustable trigger, modular stock system 10+ (depending on caliber) 37" None (drilled and tapped for scope mounts) 5.9 lbs Satin blued, stainless steel Synthetic 18", 22" $359-$479 Bolt-action Rotary magazine

Ruger's continued innovation and expansion of its product lines, including the Ruger American series, demonstrate the company's enduring commitment to serving a broad spectrum of firearm users. By balancing traditional craftsmanship with modern technology, Ruger continues to play a pivotal role in the development of the American firearms industry.

Ruger American Variant Best Application
Ruger American Standard General shooting, hunting, target practice
Ruger American Predator Hunting, especially for larger game
Ruger American Ranch Farm/ranch work, varmint hunting
Ruger American Compact Youth and smaller-framed shooters, general shooting
Ruger American Rimfire Small game hunting, target shooting, beginner shooters
Ruger American Pistol Personal defense, law enforcement, target shooting
Ruger American Go Wild® Camo Hunting in diverse terrains
Ruger American Magnum Big game hunting, long-range shooting

In summary, the Ruger American series is not just a range of firearms; it represents Ruger's legacy in the American gun manufacturing landscape. It stands as a testament to the company's dedication to innovation, quality, and delivering value to shooters across the globe. The Ruger American's evolution and popularity underscore Ruger's role in shaping the modern firearms industry and its enduring impact on American gun culture.

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