The Ruger American Rifle® Ranch model is now chambered in 7.62x39 and fed by the Mini Thirty® magazine. In response to customer feedback, Ruger has combined the power of the classic 7.62x39 cartridge with the compact, bolt-action platform of the Ranch model.
Thirty years after the introduction of the Mini Thirty, its cartridge and magazine have found a new home. The magazine well of the Ruger American Rifle Ranch model is designed to accept Mini Thirty metal box magazines, which are properly positioned for reliable feeding. The magazine release is located in front of the trigger guard for easy manipulation. The rifle ships with a compact, 5-round magazine suitable for hunting.
An extension of the Ruger American Rifle family, the Ranch model is compact, accurate and adaptable. The 16.10" medium-contour, cold hammer-forged barrel features a 5/8"-24 threaded muzzle, readying the rifle for any .30 caliber muzzle device. Like all Ruger American Rifles, this new Ranch model includes the Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger and Ruger's patented Power Bedding® system for consistent and accurate performance.
I hate the fact that Ruger does not provide an option for iron sights. In their typical Ruger arrogance they know what is best for their consumer and are not willing to compromise. Thing is, if you drop this rifle or your batteries die, it is useless. You have no way of using it with any degree of accuracy. If Ruger provided iron sights and a model that was able to use AK clips, instead of crappy Ruger clips that jam all the time this could have been a real all around winner. But I guess Ruger knows whats best...
I bought this about a year ago from Sportsman's Outdoor Superstore. Picked up a spare ten round mag aftermarket and simply love this short little rifle, ammo is cheap, typically 4 bucks a box and even with the cheap stuff, it's shooting 2 and under groups at 100 yards!
Bought this rifle to hunt hogs in Texas, and it has served me well. Use for shots under 200 yards, and it is accurate. Put a 1-6X scope on it, and great for climbing tree stands, or sitting in small box blinds , due to its short overall length. I also bought the Ruger short flash hider for it, and works great, shooting in the dark. Love this gun.
Several hundred rounds of Tula and Wolf rounds through it with no problems, other than the magazines being finicky at times with certain hollow points. 2 MOA with Russian surplus, would be 5 stars if the Mini 30 magazine it uses was designed better.