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Old September 9th, 2016, 01:01 PM   #1
 
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Ruger cheap 308s

Not familiar with these rifles and was wondering how they stack up again'st rifles that cost twice as much or more. The truth is I am looking a CZ'S 557 pretty hard but have been seeing some real bargain's in the $300-350 range in Ruger/Remington and Browning with scopes.
Will I regret not spending 2/3 times as much or is there not a big diff, in quality ?
My wife is asking what kind of rifle I want for my b-day next month to my surprise
Another ? is barrel length it would be rare to have more than a hundred yard shot at deer but I do shoot some targets at 2/300 yards. It will be for hunting mostly so not looking for a bench gun as much as a field gun.
Have been using a 30-30 Winchester lever for years that has served me well but the wife asked and I would not want her to think that I don't appreciate her offer
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It really depends on what you want. The American series of bolt action rifles are fully functional, very accurate rifles. They also wear butt ugly stocks, IMHO. And the stocks are not very ridged at all either. The 77 series has a bit more pride of ownership, with nice walnut or laminated stocks, and even the "plastic" stocked ones are made better. Do they shoot any better? That depends too. I have had some 77s that shot like a house on fire, and some that was only so-so. And, there for a while, they where chugging out 77s with some crappy painted on finish instead of real bluing, and the stainless ones where kinda ugly too, not the nice smooth finish of the old ones. Bottom line, seems like everybody is making cheaper guns, because a quality gun (in both fit, finish, and performance) costs more than most people are willing to pay.
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I bought an American in 308 last year and its a functional rifle in all respects. For the money I don't think you will regret it. That said, I picked up a GSR in 308 this summer, which uses the 77 action, and its a whole different level of rifle. Much easier to shoot, reduced felt recoil with the better stock, etc. So it depends on what you want.

And Walmart cleared out their American 308s for $200 starting last week so you might want to check yours (if it sells rifles) and see if they have any left.
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If it's for your birthday and from your wife, I'd say get the CZ. The RAR is a great rifle for the price, but not everyone who has one is super happy with it. I can't imagine you being unhappy with the CZ. That's one fine rifle.
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This is a question I kicked around a couple years ago when I was looking for a hunting rifle in.308. I was set on an A bolt. And then I held my predator. It just made more sense to me. I use my rifles. I give them their proper attention for cleaning but they get used and somewhat abused. Sense the predator proved itself to me I have bought the ranch 300 BLK and the American 22 mag. All are shooters in my book. I have a recent post going about the 308's accuracy.

Get whatever you truly want. Cause in the end your the only one that has to be satisfied with the purchase.
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Ruger American rifles have a very strong track record of accuracy.
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There are a of of good, inexpensive rifles these days, I can't think of a bad one right off.
Some are kind of ugly, like the T/C bolt action, but I'm sure it shoots fine.
I haven't shot a Ruger American but it should do fine as a hunter, as most of the other brands would. A friend bought a Savage Axis in .243, cheap looking action, but we have been cranking out 1/2 MOA groups with it with handloads. Another good one would be a Remington SPS M700 with the lighter barrel.
I have a GSR, love it but the laminated stock makes it a bit hefty, I wish the new synthetic stock was being made available for the left handed actions.
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My wife must have found my bookmark , she has already ordered a Ruger American in 308 with a Vortex ll 3x9x40 scope for $472
Its probably a better choice for a field gun anyway .
Well that was not much time for research but my wife is decisive so I guess we will see how well it does.
Thanks for the input
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I'm pretty sure your gonna be happy. I've never done any type of a textbook barrel "break in," but all of my Americans have improved accuracy after more use. Congrats. Now just gotta wait for it to come in.
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I bought a Ruger 77/357 about five years ago. The fit and finish on that rifle is very, very nice. I just bought an American Predator 308 and on first handling it, was disappointed. It just felt cheap compared to the 77/357, although it was also almost half the cost. But when I took it to the range I fell for it. The bolt is very smooth and the trigger is excellent. It is very accurate, sub MOA, and performed perfectly. The American magazines are made primarily from plastic, feel chinsy, and seem like a magazine you'd find in the dollar store if dollar stores sold magazines. Even so, they work without fault. I'm very happy with the Predator.

If you want to go even cheaper, I recommend the Remington 783. You can find them online for less than $300 shipped and that's with a 3x9 scope. Remington also has a $40 rebate so you're looking at about $250 total, shipped, with glass. My buddy brought one to the range and it completely feels like a dollar-store rifle. The bolt is less than smooth, the stock feels cheap, and the sling mounts are plastic and incorporated into the stock. The rifle, however, shoots beautifully. It had no failures, was very accurate, and while the scope looked like junk, it had a clear picture and held its zero -- I'm not sure what else is needed from a scope. People talk about stashing Mosins for SHTF. At $250 each, scoped, a few Remington 783's scattered here and there would be a much better idea.
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my ruger american in 30-06 is accurate and relaible and ugly but it is a great loaner hunting rifle and the price is good what do you expect.
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my ruger american in 30-06 is accurate and relaible and ugly but it is a great loaner hunting rifle and the price is good what do you expect.
Hey, ugly rifles need love too.
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Am like a kid in the candy store can't wait , the gun is in but my wife is out of town she bought it so I have to wait
I have a choice of 25yds up to 240ft to sight it in, does the 25yd = 100yd apply in the 308 or similar calibers ? I just shoot a couple of rnds each year @ 50yds before deer season to make sure the lever 30-30 winchester is still on.
Have never broken in a barrell by repeated cleaning between shots find it hard to believe other than cleaning before 1st shot that its needed my rifles have always shot well.
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I sighted in the 308 yesterday @ 50 yards after 40 rounds and a hot barrel I
will have to say it was a good buy, shoots straight and mechanically sound no issues, so easy to work on. The Vortex Crossfire ll scope works good and easy to adjust.
When I was done 3 rounds in a penny sized bulls eye, good for deer.
Used Perfecta 147 grain that I had several boxes of .
My cousin said he just figured out a reload for a Rem. 700 and @ 100 he is making one ragged hole , so looking forward to tuning the rifle with diff loads.
This is going to make a fine hunting rifle and the wife can smack steel from afar one of her new joys in shooting.
Thanks for all the tips .
Now to trick it out
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