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Old March 26th, 2017, 08:31 PM   #1
 
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Just ordered a ranch in 5.556/223. Any issues or things I need to look for besides noisy bolt and slight trimming of stock to free float barrel. First rifle so Im a nubee as far as rifles go.Will only be shooting at 25-100 yard range till get use to shooting a rifle other than my 10/22.Im a old fart so be kind and use small words lol. LOOOOOng time Ruger fan.



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Old March 26th, 2017, 08:35 PM   #2
 
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Hey try the rifle as is before you make modifications to it. From what I have heard the Ruger American Rifle are generally very accurate right out of the box!!!
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Just ordered a ranch in 5.556/223. Any issues or things I need to look for besides noisy bolt and slight trimming of stock to free float barrel. First rifle so Im a nubee as far as rifles go.Will only be shooting at 25-100 yard range till get use to shooting a rifle other than my 10/22.Im a old fart so be kind and use small words lol. LOOOOOng time Ruger fan.
I own the very same rifle and I love it! After my first time out with it I purchased an inexpensive muzzle break to help tame the little monster. Other than that, I really haven't done any modifications. One thing that EVERYONE has an issue with is the occasional jam up with the magazine. I ended up carrying a knife with my and I "adjusted" the plastic mag until rounds started to feeding in smoothly. It really didn't take much.

You are going to love shooting it!
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I shoot mine out to 200+ yards. I never heard of those issues you speak of.
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Find a copy of Jeff Cooper's The Art of the Rifle and give it a quick read. I have the same rifle and, as far as I can tell, there us no noticeable recoil. I did shave my stock a very small amount (can't even tell by looking at it) and now I can slide a dollar bill all the way to the action without any drag. Great guns, VERY accurate; I get an inch or less at 100 yards when I do my part.
I have had no magazine problems; load it by pushing the rounds straight down. Don't try to load it the way you would a 10/22. The only times I have had a failure to feed was when I short-stroked the bolt.

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I agree with the above, you may not need to do anything before you shoot it. I slicked up the bolt on mine, because the raceway where the bolt release rides was pretty rough, and looked like it was ground by a retarded monkey with a rock.

Other than that, it's been an accurate, fun little rifle to shoot.

Magazine capacity is listed as five rounds, but you can get six in there with no problem.

Happy shooting, and welcome to the forum.
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I also have the American Ranch in 5.56/.223.

Count me in the club that did nothing to mine other than add the $12 muzzle break from the RugerStore. I did pick up three extra magazines. My attitude is, if the magazine fails, you have a single shot. I like the redundancy of having extra mags. Just wish they weren't so expensive.

I have not experienced any problems with the magazines feeding or anything else. The bolt was a little gritty at first, but it has smoothed up as I have used the rifle. Shooting it and just working the bolt have done the job.

It is just a fun little rifle and I would buy it all over again.
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I love mine too. Although I've heard the brass can be a little iffy, Fiocchi 50 grain v max is a tack driver as well as th 60 grain vmax. I used the 50 grainers to break in the barrel and then I reload using the brass and have had no problems at all. I use the 55 grainers with Winchester 748. It can be a little picky with this powder but when you hit the sweet spot it's is very accurate. I had good luck with BLC2 also. I think you will totally enjoy that rifle and I hope it works out well for you!!

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Got the rifle havent got s chance to shoot it yet 😢. Been thinking of getting a muzzle break or flash hider but dont want the ones that make it louder or bother the petson in next stall at indoor range either. Also how does it do with steel case ammo Wolf, tulammo etc....Thanks

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I don't shoot steel cased ammo in any of my guns...period. Used to when I could bypuy an SKS for $80. That was long ago.
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I have the ranch in 5.56 and it is a great gun. You made a good choice. All I did to mine was adjust down the trigger and mount a nikon 3x9 scope. PMC 55g shoots very nice out of it. The furthest I can shoot at my range is 160 yards, the ranch handles that with ease. Mine seems to prefer 223 over 5.56 accuracy wise. Keep the bolt lubed up well when breaking it in and it will slick up very nice.
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Scope, ammo, sling, and go shoot! More ammo.
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