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Old January 8th, 2017, 11:36 AM   #1
 
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Ruger American 270

Purchased a Ruger American 270 based on positive reviews setting expectations for a reasonably good "economy" rifle. So far, favorably impressed with quality of manufacture. Reviews led me to expect a less than smooth bolt and just OK trigger. Wrong on both counts. Nothing wrong with the bolt smoothness of operation. See no reason to lap or otherwise fool with. Trigger is fine with no creep and crisp break. The adjustment does not provide the advertised range, but I have no problem with a 3 lb trigger for a hunting rifle. Accuracy has not been checked yet, but everything else better than expected. Good job Ruger.



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great gun for the price and more accurate than most more expensive when adjusted for inflation from 30 years ago.
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Just bought a .243 American and have sent it back to Ruger because of the bolt. It is so noisy and rough I would not put up with it and Ruger should not either. Have other Rugers, tang safety ones and have always thought highly of the guns But if you ask me I would believe the bolt was made across the pond. Have talked with Cabelas and Ruger and have got NO satisfaction. If I owned a gun store I would not sell them to any one.
Bad job, cheap job. If it comes back from Ruger the way I sent it in I will get rid of it even before putting a HSM 95 gr down the pipe. Very disappointed.
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Range report. Unfortunately, have not been able to check groups precisely on paper target yet. Working on establishing true COL and then will make some loads for accuracy test. However, test with 12 x 12 steel plate at 100 yds were no problem. Impact marks on the plate were easily within 3" circle using not so good bench rest setup.

Guess I was lucky to get a good example from Ruger. Overall external and internal finish good. Bolt smoothness acceptable from the get-go. As a tinkerer, removed some sharp edges that did improve locking lug engagement. For the money, extremely pleased. Sorry others have experienced problems.

On a bit of side note. Read some RAR owners experienced stringing problems likely due to barrel heating. Ruger Mini-14/30 has a bad reputation for the same. My Mini-30 a fun gun, but accuracy suffered as the barrel heated. Heard some stories of Cryo Treatment helping other barrels. What the heck, skeptically gave it a try. Very surprised with the improvement. Not a tack driver, but no more vertical stringing with about 2" groups at 100 yds.
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Glad to the 270 is working out well. Ringing the gong at 400 is always fun with my 270. It is a Browning not a Ruger and was HS graduation present. Very fun to shoot.
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Range report. Unfortunately, have not been able to check groups precisely on paper target yet. Working on establishing true COL and then will make some loads for accuracy test. However, test with 12 x 12 steel plate at 100 yds were no problem. Impact marks on the plate were easily within 3" circle using not so good bench rest setup.

Guess I was lucky to get a good example from Ruger. Overall external and internal finish good. Bolt smoothness acceptable from the get-go. As a tinkerer, removed some sharp edges that did improve locking lug engagement. For the money, extremely pleased. Sorry others have experienced problems.

On a bit of side note. Read some RAR owners experienced stringing problems likely due to barrel heating. Ruger Mini-14/30 has a bad reputation for the same. My Mini-30 a fun gun, but accuracy suffered as the barrel heated. Heard some stories of Cryo Treatment helping other barrels. What the heck, skeptically gave it a try. Very surprised with the improvement. Not a tack driver, but no more vertical stringing with about 2" groups at 100 yds.
Where did you get the cryo done? I'd be interested in doing it on my sons RAR.
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Planetcat. Cryo treatment was done a few years back by a small shop in Indianapolis, friend of a friend connection. The shop specialized in parts for heavy equipment, never had done a rifle barrel. They took the job with the idea of expanding the business to include rifle barrels. Moved away, don't know if they followed thru or not.

An Internet search will find companies that have done rifle barrels for years and are set up for 2 way shipping.
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Planetcat. Cryo treatment was done a few years back by a small shop in Indianapolis, friend of a friend connection. The shop specialized in parts for heavy equipment, never had done a rifle barrel. They took the job with the idea of expanding the business to include rifle barrels. Moved away, don't know if they followed thru or not.

An Internet search will find companies that have done rifle barrels for years and are set up for 2 way shipping.
Nice to know. Thanks Tex. I'll search around and see what I find.
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Glad you are enjoying your new rifle. Nothing better then hitting targets with a new gun. Also I have always enjoyed .270.
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