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Ruger 7.62x39 American Ranch Rifle

The Ruger 7.62x39 American Ranch Rifle is an accurate, short-barreled rifle for an affordable price

The Ruger 7.62x39 American Ranch Rifle (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV) The Ruger 7.62x39 American Ranch Rifle (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)

By: Ed Head

“Only accurate rifles are interesting.” So said Townsend Whelen, a famous writer, hunter and cartridge inventor. While Whelen has passed on to the happy hunting grounds, I think he would have been amazed at the out-of-the-box accuracy exhibited by Ruger’s American Rifles, and more particularly, the Ranch Rifle short-barreled rifles in the lineup. Back in Whelen’s day, getting rifles to shoot accurately often involved lengthy modifications to the rifle and considerable experimentation with hand loading ammunition. Writing about these subjects kept publishers and writers in business, something they are hard pressed to do today due to the improvements in rifles and ammunition we’re fortunate to have available.

A case in point is the new Ruger American Ranch Rifle chambered in 7.62x39. Like others I have tested, this Ranch Rifle exhibits outstanding accuracy with good ammunition, accuracy so good in some cases I’m embarrassed to report it – as in one hole, three shot groups at 100 yards on occasion. With their integral Power Bedding system and free floated cold hammer forged barrels, these Ruger rifles produce consistently excellent accuracy. As well, I have given up on using harsh solvents made of methyl-ethyl-bad stuff and find I can clean these barrels with non-toxic Ballistol and minimal brushing.

Then there’s the price. These economy priced rifles have a suggested retail of around $599 but sell for a little over $400. That’s an amazing value for this level of accuracy.

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