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.
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.