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Old 12-19-2018, 02:11 PM   #1
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Default Anyone NOT like the Ruger american?

I have 3 Two predators (6.5 and 308) and a 22lr. I really like all 3 and all shoot sub MOA. I was just wondering if anyone has had one that they didnt like or that didnt shoot well? Seems like they are a very good shooting gun for a very low price. Other than the stock which I like (even though it does feel cheap), does anyone have any complaints? I have read all the positive reviews, I just wanted to see if there was any negative.
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Old 12-19-2018, 02:12 PM   #2
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Great guns I have a couple.
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Old 12-19-2018, 03:14 PM   #3
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I just bought a left handed one, dropped a Timney trigger and topped with Vortex Viper HS. Stock is absolute crap and I can't find a left handed one anywhere. I spoke to Iota and Hogue who both said start of 2019 you'll start seeing more come out for the American.
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Old 12-19-2018, 03:24 PM   #4
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Finally picked one up in 450 Bushmaster. It shoots incredibly well and is very light but still manageable with the factory muzzle brake.
I resisted for a long time since I’m a wood, red pad, tang safety kind of guy but I’m a believer now.
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Old 12-19-2018, 03:37 PM   #5
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Some don’t care for them because of the stock and trigger. Can change both obviously
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Old 12-19-2018, 03:39 PM   #6
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I just bought a left handed one, dropped a Timney trigger and topped with Vortex Viper HS. Stock is absolute crap and I can't find a left handed one anywhere. I spoke to Iota and Hogue who both said start of 2019 you'll start seeing more come out for the American.
Check the Boydís gunstock site. I see left handed ones in their sales section fairly often.
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Old 12-19-2018, 03:48 PM   #7
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Yeah, was looking for synthetic for my wife.

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Old 12-19-2018, 04:57 PM   #8
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I have a 22-250 that will not feed reliably. I contacted Ruger and they sent me a new magazine and it does the same thing. Aftef doing some research on the interweb it seems it's a known issue with the 22-250. There are several things people have done that they claim fix's the issue. Ruger doesn't seem to have a fix, they just keep sending out magazines that do not work. Ive tried diffrent ammo and a couple of the online magazine hacks. The gun is fixing to get sent to Ruger to have them look at it, but from what i have read they put a new magazine in and say its fixed. Hopefully thats not the case and it gets fixed.
I have a .17 hmr & 6.5 creedmoor they are great, no issues.

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Old 12-19-2018, 05:42 PM   #9
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NO problems here...best value out there IMO!
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Old 12-19-2018, 07:26 PM   #10
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I didnt think the trigger was too bad. Especially after you clip a couple coils off.
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Old 12-19-2018, 08:36 PM   #11
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I have one or had one. Iím going to try to cut the stock doe. For my 5 year old son. The stocks suck but they are shooters
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Old 12-19-2018, 08:40 PM   #12
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Nothing from Ruger is BAD..
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:07 PM   #13
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The rifle is great, the stock sucks.

Iím happy with my CM, hoping to put together a Grendel next.

I replaced my trigger spring. Found a how-to video on YouTube. I went to the hardwystore, and bought a selection of springs, found the one that makes me happy, and itís pretty great.



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Old 12-20-2018, 05:42 PM   #14
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Love mine. 5.56& 300 BO. The stock is crappy, but not as crappy as the Savage Axis stock. I can deal with the stock American stock.
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:08 PM   #15
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Picked up one in 5.56, newer gen since it uses the ar mags. It’s a shooter, stock still sucks and had to open it up a little at the forend and file down where the mag release is, but for $329 on Black Friday sale it isn’t bad either. Makes for a good pig gun and cheap to shoot.
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:41 PM   #16
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First off...they shoot great. I still think they suck. I don’t like these cheaply made rifles that all companies are putting out these days. The Compass, Axis, American, etc. I guess I’m old school. Give me a 70’s production Remington 700.
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Old 12-20-2018, 08:03 PM   #17
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I didnt think the trigger was too bad. Especially after you clip a couple coils off.
Added a boydís stock and did this, great gun.
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Old 12-20-2018, 08:37 PM   #18
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I didnt think the trigger was too bad. Especially after you clip a couple coils off.
+1. And the lightweight stock really works for me.
Especially kryloned!

Hogs hate my Ruger.

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Old 12-20-2018, 08:40 PM   #19
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First off...they shoot great. I still think they suck. I donít like these cheaply made rifles that all companies are putting out these days. The Compass, Axis, American, etc. I guess Iím old school. Give me a 70ís production Remington 700.
Shoot great and it sucks. For $349!
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Old 12-21-2018, 11:20 AM   #20
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It shoots so good that I just had to add a Boyd's stock to it........I have more money in the gun than it's worth. Reminds me of my '68 Mustang in that respect................now I think it needs a new bolt handle and shroud.

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Old 12-21-2018, 12:21 PM   #21
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First off...they shoot great. I still think they suck. I donít like these cheaply made rifles that all companies are putting out these days. The Compass, Axis, American, etc. I guess Iím old school. Give me a 70ís production Remington 700.
In principle I agree with what you are saying. However you can spend less than 200 on a great stock and you have one hell of a shooter for the money.
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:23 PM   #22
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+1. And the lightweight stock really works for me.
Especially kryloned!

Hogs hate my Ruger.

BP
I am in the same boat as you. Is it BS that the stock is so flimsy? sure. I don't mind it because as you said it is really light. I did have to do a little bit of clearancing on the front of mine.
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:27 PM   #23
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Very accurate guns for the money. The trigger can be tweaked and is actually not bad. Bed the lugs in a Boyd's stock and you have a handy dandy rifle for under $500. My only complaint is the magazines are weak.
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Old 12-22-2018, 11:59 AM   #24
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Bought a 6.5 predator + Vortex combo from a local FFL in the back of a feed store.... 0.5” groups with Hornady “everything” off the shelf. Ultimate throw down ranch rifle; the only modification I’ve made so far is a heavier bolt handle and cut trigger spring. It’s killed more pigs than Hillshire Farms ��
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:03 AM   #25
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I have a 22-250 that will not feed reliably. I contacted Ruger and they sent me a new magazine and it does the same thing. Aftef doing some research on the interweb it seems it's a known issue with the 22-250. There are several things people have done that they claim fix's the issue. Ruger doesn't seem to have a fix, they just keep sending out magazines that do not work. Ive tried diffrent ammo and a couple of the online magazine hacks. The gun is fixing to get sent to Ruger to have them look at it, but from what i have read they put a new magazine in and say its fixed. Hopefully thats not the case and it gets fixed.
I have a .17 hmr & 6.5 creedmoor they are great, no issues.
does it look to be the case shoulder of the brass? My Savage Axis sort of does that but it seems to be more the long 'travel distance' or gap between the cartridges as they sit in the mag and the barrel chamber.
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Old 12-25-2018, 08:12 PM   #26
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Can't stand them. Plastic bolt shrouds, air soft toy plastic magazine, roll pin assembly for the firing pin. I've owned 2. They were very accurate guns but the 300 blk would misfire more than go boom. Give me a Savage 110 any day!
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:43 AM   #27
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I like mine as my preferred suppressed rifle.
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:10 AM   #28
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I have two. Not fond of either one but they shoot good for what they are. One is a 22 mag and the other a 300 bo. Really cheap feeling and issues shooting Barnes with the 300. Bolt has been sent back twice to ruger. Light primer strikes on the Barnes ammo.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:02 AM   #29
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Not sure how many I have and they are ALL shooters. I love this rifle because of the way that I hunt. I don't sit in a blind and rarely shoot from a high rack. I prefer to spot and stalk and walk to make a call and then back to the truck. I am hard on equipment and these guns are great for what I do.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:27 AM   #30
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gary....we think and hunt the same
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I have a 22-250 that will not feed reliably. I contacted Ruger and they sent me a new magazine and it does the same thing. Aftef doing some research on the interweb it seems it's a known issue with the 22-250. There are several things people have done that they claim fix's the issue. Ruger doesn't seem to have a fix, they just keep sending out magazines that do not work. Ive tried diffrent ammo and a couple of the online magazine hacks. The gun is fixing to get sent to Ruger to have them look at it, but from what i have read they put a new magazine in and say its fixed. Hopefully thats not the case and it gets fixed.
I have a .17 hmr & 6.5 creedmoor they are great, no issues.
Do yourself a favor and order a magazine for the 450 bushmaster for the 22-250. Itís single stack instead of rotary, way more rigid and functions flawlessly. Had the same issues with mine, after some research, I ordered one and now works great.
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Old 12-26-2018, 09:18 PM   #32
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I hated mine in .308 so I went and bought a second one in .223 in the ruger ranch lol. They shoot really well.


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Old 12-27-2018, 12:33 PM   #33
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What's wrong with the stocks?
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Old 12-27-2018, 12:36 PM   #34
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I am a dyed in the wool Remington man but B-I-L has an American. The freaking thing will shoot and shoots really good for $400. I hate the cheap zytel stocks and if the bolt gets bumped 1/16" the gun will fail to fire. It took a while to diagnose and was pretty annoying. I hate value guns but then again I have been told many times that I am a gun snob.

I guess to sum it up....it's a gun I hate to love. Probably the best starter rifle on the market when paired with 6.5 cm cartridge.

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Old 12-27-2018, 12:44 PM   #35
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Not sure how many I have and they are ALL shooters. I love this rifle because of the way that I hunt. I don't sit in a blind and rarely shoot from a high rack. I prefer to spot and stalk and walk to make a call and then back to the truck. I am hard on equipment and these guns are great for what I do.
Adios,
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Yeah Iím the same boat as you. I absolutely hate carrying my heavy AR around.
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Old 12-28-2018, 07:04 AM   #36
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What's wrong with the stocks?
They are not very sturdy. Also it is supposed to be free floating but on most guns the front end of the stock is touching the barrel. I took my Dremmel to the front to create clearance. I dont have an issue with it because it is a $400 gun and the gun is light.
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Old 12-28-2018, 05:32 PM   #37
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My two sons got the Magpul Hunter stocks for their 6.5’s. Extremely well designed and made. Night and day difference in how these rifles look and feel. I’m sure they’ll help them shoot even better.
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What aftermarket stock are y’all putting on these RAR’s?
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:43 PM   #39
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Love my 308. Killed a lot of deer with it. I love how light mine is with the synthetic stock.


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Found out today Ruger did a crappy job threading my barrel. Caused my MD to be slightly canted which caused 2 small strikes on the end cap of my suppressor. Gunsmith said the thread job was horrible.
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:10 AM   #41
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My 5.56 ranch shoots for crap if you put any load on the front of the stock. Sandbag it back by the magazine however, and it is a very good shooter. Need to identify the contact area an relieve the contact. Or replace the stock, then it may not fit the grandkids as well.
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just picked one up for my GF son Trigger is not great sure you can clip it but the over travel is not great , stock well pure junk in my opinion . Will see how it shoots its a 6.5 have great ammo .

Myself am not a ruger fan due to the M77 never shooting worth a crap based on the several I had .

But for him if he can shoot MOA good enough . Price was right if it does not shoot its get sold easy enough
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I am a dyed in the wool Remington man but B-I-L has an American. The freaking thing will shoot and shoots really good for $400. I hate the cheap zytel stocks and if the bolt gets bumped 1/16" the gun will fail to fire. It took a while to diagnose and was pretty annoying. I hate value guns but then again I have been told many times that I am a gun snob.

I guess to sum it up....it's a gun I hate to love. Probably the best starter rifle on the market when paired with 6.5 cm cartridge.
The Americans don't have the zytel stock.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:49 PM   #46
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I wanted a cheap gun to leave in my Ranger that if something happened to it, it would not matter.
I bought one in 300AAC and cut the barrel off right in front of the stock.

It is handy as a hip pocket, shoots well out to 100 yards and weights less than some handguns I own
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:52 PM   #47
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Does changing the stock on these mess with the accuracy? I read the factory bedded stock is great for accuracy but didnt know.
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:02 PM   #48
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Love mine in 25-06!
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:29 PM   #49
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Does changing the stock on these mess with the accuracy? I read the factory bedded stock is great for accuracy but didnt know.
A better, heavier or more rigid stock will improve your shooting. The gun will remain the same.

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Old 01-09-2019, 08:12 PM   #50
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Me. You can buy and older beater 700 that's built like a tank and out shoot them all day long. Only plastic guns I own are glocks. Took me years to accept them!
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