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Old February 13th, 2017, 01:20 PM   #1
 
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opinions on American Ranch rifle

Hey everyone, new guy here! I'd like to get some opinions from anyone who has had experience with the American Ranch rifles in any caliber. I hunt deer mostly with my bow, but have wanted to take part in the firearms season here for a while now. I don't need a big gun, and the ranch rifle with a shorter barrel would be perfect. My property is mostly wooded, with almost no opportunity for a shot longer than 100 yards. I'd love to get the 77/357, but the American would be better on the wallet. I am wondering about the caliber though, since I won't be taking long shots I figure either the 300 or 5.56 would be fine, but now Ruger is hanging the .450 bushmaster version in front of me (haha). Has anyone taken deer with any of these? I know 5.56 is a little light, 300 would be a nice compromise, and 450 might be a little much. I'd also use the gun for target shooting. Let me know! thanks!



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Rumors persist that Ruger may come out with Ranch in 357 and 44 Mag. I had a Ranch in 556 and it was a handy little shooter. Also had a Predator in 308 and it's not much bigger and a little more versatile although 308 costs a good bit more than 223.
If you handload the 300 Blackout might be the best compromise. Good luck
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I have an American rifle in 308 that I bought when they first came out.....best bang for the buck in bolt guns I know of....mine when I do my part shoots 5 shots under an inch....seen a lot of higher priced rifles that won't....you will be happy with whichever one you buy...you will probably end up with several of them....
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I have 300 acres in St Gen Co. same situation as you, my shots are limited too. Most of the deer I've taken could have be harvested with a bow.

Last summer I bought a T/C Encore in 7-08 with a 15" barrel, shot a doe at 64yds and she was DRT.

The 7mm bullet has an excellent B/C and less recoil than its .308 parent.

Just something else to consider.



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Welcome to the forum. 5.556/223 is so much cheaper 308. 5.556 in not legal to hunt deer with in Utah. But can be used on Jackrabbits, coyotes, and tin cans. Good luck and good hunting.
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Rumors persist that Ruger may come out with Ranch in 357 and 44 Mag. I had a Ranch in 556 and it was a handy little shooter. Also had a Predator in 308 and it's not much bigger and a little more versatile although 308 costs a good bit more than 223.
If you handload the 300 Blackout might be the best compromise. Good luck
That would be perfect if they did. Maybe I'll hold out a little longer and see if it happens
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I have 300 acres in St Gen Co. same situation as you, my shots are limited too. Most of the deer I've taken could have be harvested with a bow.

Last summer I bought a T/C Encore in 7-08 with a 15" barrel, shot a doe at 64yds and she was DRT.

The 7mm bullet has an excellent B/C and less recoil than its .308 parent.

Just something else to consider.



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Mark204, I'm in Ste Gen County too, down past Winebarger Farm if you know where that is. I have looked at the 7-08 compact and like the idea. It might be a little more versatile if I ever make it out to Colorado to hunt mule deer. Thanks for the input
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Mark204, I'm in Ste Gen County too, down past Winebarger Farm if you know where that is. I have looked at the 7-08 compact and like the idea. It might be a little more versatile if I ever make it out to Colorado to hunt mule deer. Thanks for the input
No, I 'm not sure where that is, I'm off of 32 close to Horton Farm CA.

I took a nice 12 point with kickers on it at 14yds the week before gun season. I only had him on cam once at 2 in the morning. I really didn't think I'd see him in daylight. I harvested him at 4:15. He came to my dripper bottles that I had set up an hour earlier......Gotta love Wildlife Research's Active Scrape.

I agree, with the right bullet weight and good shot placement you could head west with it.


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Welcome from Neew Jersey. The american in 30-06 is on my short list.
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I have the 223/556 and love it. It's legal for deer in Kansas but I use my 45-70. I bought and soon traded the same rifle in 300BLK. I like the caliber, but not in this rifle. It's accurate, it doesn't have much recoil, but there was just something lacking in this rifle that I could never quite put my finger on. Perhaps it's that I really like big bores best. I would go with the 450 Bushmaster...but that's me. Most people I know certainly don't do what I do lol!!!
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Welcome to the forum. 5.556/223 is so much cheaper 308. 5.556 in not legal to hunt deer with in Utah. But can be used on Jackrabbits, coyotes, and tin cans. Good luck and good hunting.
Unless recently Utah changed the rules it is still legal in Utah to use a .223 to hunt deer with. Because I have done so a few years ago!
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If I didn't already have the RAR in 5.56 I think I'd be lusting after the one that just came out recently in .450 Bushmaster.

Ok, maybe I am lusting after it a bit regardless of the guns currently in the safe...
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I'm afraid I might like the Bushmaster better then my GBL 45-70...and that one is my most favorite in the safe. For a couple of years I hunted everything with it, coyotes, deer, etc. Once I even shot a jackrabbit with it. Oh man. The Ruger American Ranch 223/556 is my second favorite.
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I got to shoot one at the range once. A 5.56 and it had a suppressor on it. I recall it was a very nice shooter. Excellent trigger.
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The 5.56 version of the Ranch Rifle would be adequate for hitting targets at the ranges you've indicated. However, I have no idea if .556 or most like .223 is and adequate round for deer as my state of residence does not permit the use of center fired rifles for deer hunting.

What I can say is that you should probably research .223 caliber. A rifle chamber for 5.56 can shoot both cartridges. HOWEVER, it has been my observation that it is almost impossible to find hollow points chambered in 5.56 but hollow points are very readily available in .223.
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