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    Ruger American Gen 2

    I have been wanting to get back into bolt action rifle shooting for a while now. I sold my last bolt action rifle a year ago, a Winchester 70 in 7MM Rem Mag. Since I donít hunt anymore, and I donít really want the kick from the bench.

    I was thinking about a bunch of different calibers, but decided to start with a .223 due to cost, availability, and accuracy out to 300 yards. Also, this will be the rifle my grandson will jump to from a 22 long rifle. Iíd been planning on a Ruger American for a while, and when the generation twos came out that sealed the deal. I ordered mine from Palmetto State Armory, and received it in less than a week to my, FFL. I picked it up today, and I have to say based on early impressions, it is much nicer than the earlier versions simply based on initial feel. I like the stock and the texture a lot. I like the heft and the balance. I know an optic may change that some, once I find the one I want. Itíll probably a $500 Vortex, just to get started. Mine is the standard version, with a 20 inch barrel. Barrel is threaded and has a compensator on the end. I like the bolt that has an adjustable knob that can be removed easily. Iím not sure if the Picatinny rails such a great idea, but itís an easy button for a quick optic. Ceracoat seems decent. Really like the idea that it uses magpul AR magazines, and it came with a single 10 round magazine.

    This is the rifle I bought. $679 delivered.

    https://ruger.com/products/americanR...ets/46909.html

    I probably wonít shoot it for a few weeks as Iím prepping for a trip next week, but Iíll respond when I get some rounds through it.


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    This video helped push me over the edge and order it:

    https://youtu.be/1s-LoJOZ6JY?si=PdqPW2Z0ZvKIECkF

    It isnít perfect. I could have gone with a Tikka, Savage, Mossberg, etc. But I do like Rugerís and Iíve been happy with most every Ruger product Iíve bought.

    Again, this is my foray back into bolt action shootingÖand reloading bottle neck cartridges. This seems like a way to see if this is something I want to pursue without breaking the bank.


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    I have a couple of Gen 1 Americans. They're good, serviceable, rifles. I got to handle a Gen 2 the other day, and it definitely felt like an improvement. The stock is a lot nicer, the action was smoother and didn't make that weird "zipping" sound when cycled, and on the whole, the entire rifle just felt more "put together" and less budget-tier than the Gen 1's.

    I think you'll like it.

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    Ruger American Gen 2

    Congrats. Let us know how it shoots.
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    I hope you and your grandson enjoy your Ruger American.

    I have a Predator in 308 18". I run it suppressed. I really like it as a knock around, inexpensive, yet very effective rifle. I also chose a Vortex 4-12x50 scope with BDC reticle. I swapped in the AI magazine conversion kit, but you'll be set up well using the Magpuls.

    I have plans to get some Anarchy upgrades to bolt, no real rush. But check them out and explore around the site for bolt upgrade options.

    https://www.anarchyoutdoors.com/ruge...andle-upgrade/

    and bolt fluting if you want to get really fancy

    https://adarmscustomrifles.com/produ...luting-package

    A friend of mine who has several Ruger Americans in different calibers says to do myself a favor and get a Timney Trigger. Also no real rush for me. I've measured my trigger setting at 4 lbs. 1 oz., it's pretty consistent and crisp to me. You do have to remember, it's not a $10,000 custom rifle.
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    Ruger American Gen 2

    Quote Originally Posted by matemike View Post
    I hope you and your grandson enjoy your Ruger American.

    I have a Predator in 308 18". I run it suppressed. I really like it as a knock around, inexpensive, yet very effective rifle. I also chose a Vortex 4-12x50 scope with BDC reticle. I swapped in the AI magazine conversion kit, but you'll be set up well using the Magpuls.

    I have plans to get some Anarchy upgrades to bolt, no real rush. But check them out and explore around the site for bolt upgrade options.

    https://www.anarchyoutdoors.com/ruge...andle-upgrade/

    and bolt fluting if you want to get really fancy

    https://adarmscustomrifles.com/produ...luting-package

    A friend of mine who has several Ruger Americans in different calibers says to do myself a favor and get a Timney Trigger. Also no real rush for me. I've measured my trigger setting at 4 lbs. 1 oz., it's pretty consistent and crisp to me. You do have to remember, it's not a $10,000 custom rifle.
    AgreeÖnot a custom $$$K gunÖIím a frugal person. If I can get an accurate, reliable bolt setup for under $1200 for rifle, optic, etc., I will be excited!


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    I have two of the earlier ones, a Ranch in .300bo and a Predator in 6.5 Grendel. Both AR mag versions.
    At $420 & $440 each they were good value, the Predator did require a bit of smoothing on the feed ramp but I'd blame that on the steep shoulder of the Grendel cartridge.
    But when prices shot up I thought Ruger had stepped in it. Those rough edges I accepted for yesterday's prices were harder to overlook at over $600 msrp.
    Now Ruger appears to have stepped up and added more value to the Ranch/Predator line.

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