View Full Version : Ruger American Ranch Rifle - Pictures and Info Thread

04-02-2015, 08:36 PM
With these rifles starting to trickle in from the states soon, they caught my eye . A MSRP of 499$ (could be more) and chambered for .556/.223.

With the heavyish 1/8 twist barrel profile, paired with the short length, AND threaded, it was a instant favorite for me! Along with a Free floating barrel, and Rugers V style bedding and accutrigger(3-5lbs), this is sure to be an accurate varmint rig. Comes with one 5 round Plastic Rotary Magazine that seems to be well made and can have rounds pushed right in from the top. The Rubber recoil pad feels nice and soft and mushy, its actually amazing, I wish I had it on my '06 and 12g.

I was on a pre order list at no charge, but saw one used for only 40 rounds, so I jumped.

It just feels well built. Nice thick receiver and barrel.

I decided to pair it with a Bushnell AR optics 4.5 - 18 x 40 with BDC reticle for 55-62gr bullets, in Leupold 1'' Med PRW rings from Reliable Gun, a Dlask A6 Brake from Dlask, an Allen Company Buttstock Shell Holder and Pouch , and a Caldwell 13-24'' bipod (Amazon). The Brake needed no washer and was almost a perfect index, it just needed a min with a file to take off the smallest bit and voila! Took it to the range with some factory loads just to sight in, ran out of time for anything special.

***** A small note. With this scope, Burris med rings were about 1/16 inch to short due to the extruding pin under the scope. The med. Leupolds gave the scope enough clearance, just barely. Perfect. No issues with bolt clearance.

I have H335 and 55g Nosler Ballistic Tip bullets in the mail.

********** Update Post 5, 9 **********

Here are some pics!


















I be sure to update with some loads and groups after I get my stuff in the mail. Would like to see other peoples same rifle, and info on it! Cheers!

04-02-2015, 09:20 PM
Looks good.

Rory McCanuck
04-02-2015, 09:37 PM
Very nice.
I haven't had a chance to see a Ranch, but I have seen an American Rifle.
While not real pretty, everything felt good and everything was in the right place.
I'm interested to hear how it shoots for you.

04-02-2015, 09:40 PM
Actually doesn't look half bad in the tan. They seem like good rifles, just a tad fugly IMO...

04-03-2015, 06:06 PM
i really like the tan. stock feels nice too.

04-05-2015, 11:03 PM
Nice rig. I just scored an American in .308 with wolf camo stock for a really good price. Still waiting on the scope tho...Interested in picking up an American predator model...likely in same calibre...

04-06-2015, 01:46 AM
I was looking a the predator model too. I believe its also threaded. both of them are nice.

Did a little testing today. Pretty sure its the ammo, groupings were not very good. Rifle functioned flawlessly though. Here's 2 pictures, shot from 100 yards, using S&B 55g FMJ .223 REM. Scope "Zeroed" at 100. 3rd picture is shooting at 200 yards holding on the blue X, 5 shots in 35 sec. These were the best groups out of a few I shot.

I hope to improve groupings when my reloading supplies get here. beautiful sunny day in Vancouver for Easter Sunday, No one at the range!! I expected to see a lot full of cars and a wait time, but empty!

Note the larger holes, that was from my 30-06, dont mind them.




04-06-2015, 08:37 PM
Yeah,i'll be in the market for a predato rin .308...maybe 6.5 creedmoor...the ranch in .300 blackout might be right up my alley as well....nice little rifles. though If I do go with a predator in .308, might fit out with iron sights...waiting on new vortex optics for American as of now...

04-13-2015, 11:46 PM
Updated with more pictures.got my Nosler ballistic tips in the mail today, still waiting on the classic loader. Haven't been back to the range, not gonna bother with that S&B ammo, just save it for sh*ts and giggles i guess. on a side note, Cabelas wanted to charge me 180$ to ship 1lb of h335 to me... LOL... i was speechless on the phone. I promptly contacted Henry and shipping was 9$... I wonder what Cabelas is smoking!


04-14-2015, 07:13 PM
Where you watching ST:TNG while taking those pics, or do you have a poster of Wesley Crusher on your wall ?

Nice gun ! Looks like the brake real kills the recoil (not that a 223 has much...)

04-19-2015, 07:56 AM
Where you watching ST:TNG while taking those pics, or do you have a poster of Wesley Crusher on your wall ?

Nice gun ! Looks like the brake real kills the recoil (not that a 223 has much...)

Lol I noticed that too

04-21-2015, 07:57 PM
No its a picture of Wesley Crusher... Hes my favorite character in all the Star Tre...... Just kidding. SHUTUP Wesley! Episode on my computer. :cool1:

04-22-2015, 11:04 AM
From the groupings it looks like the action needs to be bedded cause when you are "rapid" shooting it appears to be opening up your groups.

04-22-2015, 07:08 PM
From the groupings it looks like the action needs to be bedded cause when you are "rapid" shooting it appears to be opening up your groups.

I would agree, but that video was just a test shooting. The group from the video is the 5 shot 200 yard group. I let the gun cool all the time between groups, but yea, bedding is always better! Something to do in the future, ive never done it before. Don't wana screw it up! ;)

How you been man? Havent seen you posting for a while. Good to see you back. Cheers!

04-22-2015, 07:09 PM
Alright! Yea!

Went to the range today with my 1st reloads. made up some 23, 24, 24.5, 25, and 25.5 gn rounds.

Shooting at 100 yards I had excellent results with my 1st type of bullet and powder purchased! Not sure on where to measure from, but seems to be around 1/2 MOA! Yea!

Seems to like 25 grains of H335 over a 55g Nosler BT Boat tail bullet in remington brass, loaded to MAX COAL according to Nosler, with CCI SR Primers. I could not seat the bullet just off the lands because they would not fit into my magazine. Max COAL just barely fits, so I went with it.

I was using a bipod and a sand bag on the rear. Gun was clean to start. Let cool between groups. Cheers!




Rory McCanuck
04-23-2015, 12:20 AM
Verrrry nice!
Now to do 0.2 above and below both 24 and 25, to see how wide the nodes are.
Well, and to see if the results are repeatable, too ;)

Usually for measuring groups, go centre to centre, or outside to outside minus one calibre. Works out the same.
That way, good targets aren't penalised for using bigger bullets.
A 3/4" group from a 223 measures 1" ; a 3/4" group from a 45-70 will measure almost an inch and 1/4.