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Afield with the Ruger American

by J. Scott Rupp   |  February 21st, 2012 16

I recently traveled to Texas to take part in an extensive field shoot with the new Ruger American at FTW Ranch, which holds hunter training classes. It was an excellent introduction to the American, which performed far above everyone’s expectations for a $400 rifle.

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Ruger American rifle fired prone

The purpose of the trip was to wring out the Ruger American on a field course that would really put the guns through their paces. All were chambered in .30-06 with Zeiss Conquest scopes—some with Rapid Z reticles, some with duplex reticles. It will be interesting to see what the standard benchrest tests show, but the field results impressed a cadre of crusty old gun writers, which is no small feat.

  • saturn2462002

    Pic # 9. Please explain better. How long does it take to get 2 "sets" of sticks set up? Can you even do this by yourself?

    • Scott

      It did take some doing to get set up, and while you could conceivably do this solo, it would work best with a partner. FTW's training usually assumes you'll have someone with you; a lot of people who take the classes are tuning up for a "hunt of a lifetime," and that very often means a guide. Or at the very least a hunting partner. FTW stressed the importance of practicing this method with your guide, PH or partner. A couple of reps in the evenings would probably be all that's required to get pretty fast at it. And it is really stable—almost benchrest-like—and would be an excellent technique for Africa.

    • Dog5326

      Keep in mind the technique you are looking at is time dependent. Also keep in mind that the front support may be a natural support i.e. rock, tree limb ect. If you only have one set of sticks you can still apply this technique and you can set it up on your own through practice.. There is times in hunting where your quarry is not aware of your presence and you have the time to set up, if not, don't shoot. After all it is hunting.
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    • saturn2462002

      Thanks Scott and Dog5326; I appreciate the input.

  • saturn2462002

    Great article and pictures. Thanks.

  • T'Jay

    More firearms=less crime is a no brainer! I've owned a firearm since I was old enough to shoot, some 55 years ago and nobody can tell me that guns, by theirselves, are dangerous-JUST PEOPLE! I would like to see more people getting involved in all the shooting sports yet everyone should become a member of our great N.R.A! I don't think many people realise what a role the NRA had in teaching our servicemen the proper way to shoot? I know I sound like an NRA advertisement but it hurts this disabled veteran to see them demonized by the "mainstream media" the way they always are!

  • 762x51n8o

    Excellent rifle. I did a youtube review of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDMsdpaYgW0

  • Patriot

    It was beyond incomprehensible to me when I learned that in the First World War our soldiers were given a rifle the day they shipped out to their over seas assignment. However thanks to the NRA that was changed. Even back then everybody did not know how to use a rifle, but the NRA set up a training program which helped save a lot of Americans lives.

  • jerry, pa

    Sure wish someone would pay me with chewing gum and guns.

  • Mike C.

    I am a 68 year old fart and in reading some of the commets on this blog and others, I feel sorry for some of the negative thinking going on in our United States(like taking our guns mainly) and so many other ways of life that are glorified by the media and politicians. As a young kid, we used to go rabbitt hunting, fishing in the near by creek and so many other clean and decent activities. We had no frear of drugs, sex manics, gettting killed for no reason. I lived in the city, but we enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing ball in the street, catching lighting bugs at night and also sleeping in one of the guys yard. I feel sorry for those adults of today who missed out
    on a simple and happy childhood of yesterday. It was not perfect, but it was good hanging from a tree by wrapping your legs around a branch.

  • jim

    I'm sure having owned Ruger's in the pass and still own two, that they are well built and have excellent fit and finish. And no doubt a good value for money spent… But it sure does look a lot like the Savage Axis… placed side by side and 10 foot a part you'd be guessing which is which. But I'm glad its Ruger built and priced for almost anybody to afford. Vy good Ka-Pow for the buck.

  • Dave W

    If you are going to shoot a elephaint with a 30-06 and you don't kill it. I will lock on with my 416 Ruger.LOL

  • desert shellback

    Rather disappointed in that the title leads one to believe this was to be an article about the new Ruger rifle.
    In fact,it's a commercial for someone's shooting school.
    Might as well have been titled "Afield with a Ruger ballcap".

  • Hank

    How about some actual reporting on the rifle instead of showing us the fun little field trip… What a waste of time!

  • Scott

    Report on the rifle will be forthcoming. Have to get a sample from Ruger first, then take it to the range for accuracy testing. Takes time.

  • Bob

    Worst article, content-wise, on the "Ruger American" that I have ever read. Nice pics of the Texas back country and Ruger strap-on stock cheek pads though. The Youtube video was awesome.

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