Much more rifle than I expected for the price!
First, let me say I'm not a gun snob. But I do tend to purchase as close to top of the line models as I can, taking into account great deals.
I initially bought this little rifle to be left to my grandson, who just turned 1. In 17 years, he might appreciate this old timey rifle.
Out of the box I was fairly impressed...an AR platform with the Ruger name, USA made for under $470. After closer inspection, this rifle started impressing me more and more. The fit and quality was way above a sub $470 firearm. So I decided to run a few rounds thru it. After slapping on a Nikon 3x9 and a quick bore sighing, I was easily shooting .75 MOA groups of 3 rounds at 100 yards. It does string slightly high and left as the barrel heats up. So I let it cool down and slowly ran some Hornady .223 Superformance Match 75g BTHP rounds thru it. 3 of the 5 shot group were touching. A true MOA rifle. Impressive! Tomorrow I'm going to put a better scope on it and using the same ammo, I'm gonna leg it out to 300 - 500 yards. We'll see how well it does since the weather conditions should be perfect.
All in all, for a budget Ruger AR this thing is amazing. If you're looking to get into the AR platform, or just wanting another one for whatever reason you can never have enough firearms, this rifle is a steal at $469.99 and free shipping.