Bruce Potts is impressed with Ruger's budget model
What grabs your attention instantly is the synthetic stock. It is a pretty standard moulded design, great for real-world stalking or foxing. The fore-end, though of hollow construction, has been strengthened by criss-cross plastic braces laterally that stop flex, which would otherwise destroy accuracy. For a better grip there are moulded-in raised finger grooves with stippled additions.
I like the overall texture and colour; it is not your normal black or green but a matt-finished flat dark earth. There is also a moulded-in trigger-guard and, combined with a synthetic magazine, there is nothing to rust, except the metal sling swivel studs.
Ruger American Ranch rifle – need to know
Type Bolt action
Stock Synthetic, dark earth
Overall length 36.25in , with MAE sound moderator 41in
Sights One-piece Picatinny rail, fitted
Trigger Single-stage Marksman
Safety Tang mounted single action plus cocking indicator
Calibre .300 AAC Blackout
UK Supplier Viking Arms Ltd
Sound moderator MAE, JMS Arms
Scope Leupold, Viking Arms
Ammunition Hornady factory, Edgar Brothers
Reload supplies Norman Clark Gunsmith