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    Ruger American 7.62x39 ranch rifle

    I have a slight addiction to this round, especially in bolt action rifles, and when i heard about the Ruger American coming out i had to have one. I mounted a VX2 2-7x in a set of Warne low rings and it makes for a nice little package. I replaced the factory threaded protector with a Simple Threaded Device flash hider and i was ready to shoot. First three shot group (only 75yards) was just over .5"! and that was with old Russian ammo i pulled the FMJ's and seated Nosler B-Tips in their place. Tried some 8M3 ammo and it grouped about 1.5" and the brass cased round nose soft point ammo from PPU was grouping just over 1/2". Just breaking the barrel in and hope to try cast boolits this afternoon, probably start with RanchDogs 150gr and some 314440's. Over all very impressed so far and really the only thing i am not wild about is the mag release is a bit big but would be great when wearing gloves. Be the perfect rifle for me when hunting the islands around my area, hate to drag something too nice around boats and saltwater as they always seem to take a beating when doing so.
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    I bought one also. I'm hand loading Hornady 123 gr SP's over Hodgdon CFE-BLK. I hope to get it sighted in this week. I have a mini-30, so it was a good choice.

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    Any trouble with the rounds feeding from the mag?
    I have been debating getting one of these or the CZ 527.

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    no trouble feeding yet but only fired less than twenty rounds so far, the flatnosed cast bullets will be the real test of its feeding ability.

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    What do these things weigh? I mean scoped and ready to go, not what do they list at.
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    just weighed mine, right at 6.9lbs with nylon sling and magazine in place. The Warne rings and the flash hider are quite hefty, could easily shave a few more ounces with light weight rings and the factory thread protector.

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    had a chance to run some bolts through the new Ruger Ranch Rifle, first load i tried was the 150r RanchDog boolit sized to .314, lubed with Lee lox, with 26grs of Reloader 15. This load has worked well in a few other rifles and it excelled in this one as well. Had i not pulled the 3rd shot i would have had 4 shoots in under .5" at 100yards, this would have been a personal best for me. I also tried the same bullet with 29grs of Data 68 and it was right at 2.5" for 4 shots.Click image for larger version. 

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    I have a Ruger Hawkeye compact in 7.62 x 39. I would never sell it.
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    That's the best Tula group I've ever seen. Good shooting cast load too. That's a neat gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickok View Post
    I have a Ruger Hawkeye compact in 7.62 x 62. I would never sell it.
    i have one as well, both my daughters shot a couple deer apiece with it and i have gotten several with using cast boolits. Just as you said, "I would never sell it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    That's the best Tula group I've ever seen. Good shooting cast load too. That's a neat gun.

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    Check out how the Tula 154r stuff shot, that was also impressive. The back stop where i was shooting was wet sand and i was really impressed how the 154r Tula opened up, perfect mushrooms and intact with jacket. The 125 soft points expanded but separated the jacket overtime and the 123gr Noslers really came apart and i never saw a trace of the 150r Ranch Dogs.

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    Did you recover any Privi rn bullets?

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    I did not find any of the Privi, i am trying to get enough magazines and newspaper gathered up to soak in water and do some real bullet testing, i am curious how the Privi bullet and the new Nosler plastic tipped bullets will perform along with both cup pointed and hollow pointed version of the 150r ranch dog boolit. I did a bunch of bullet testing years ago in this round with various bullets and several versions of a 165gr LBT mold i had made; had hollow pointed, two alloy boolits with pure lead noses and split nose boolits with tin foil in the nose along with different alloys. I posted a lot of that here when i was doing it and it should be easy to find searching for my old posts, had some good pictures or recovered bolts.

    I have not shot any deer myself with the Privi round nose bullets but loaned one of my Zastava mini mausers to a friend for him and his daughter to hunt with and they both got deer with that load. I helped him skin his deer and the damage looked about like a 30-30 through the boiler room, maybe a bit less damage, definitely opened up and complete penetration. His daughters deer went a pretty good distance and while i wasn't there when he skun it out i think her shot placement left a bit to be desired.

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    Did you recover any Privi rn bullets?

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    What does the bore of this rifle measure?
    Is it a 308 or 314?

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    .308" bore on the Rugers I believe.

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    both the 7.62x39 ruger american ranch rifle and the ruger hawkeye compact are .310 bore.

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    Okay, thank you. I think the moulds I have will do a good job then.
    Just need another sizing die, and I am set.

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    Ruger did this one right
    Right bore, .310
    Right magazine, current Mini-thirty

    Its on my short list.
    I'm just waiting for the hype to die down a bit and pick one up when the price drops a bit.

    These rifles are showing that all the cheap steel ammo is not that bad accuracy wise: the AK is the problem, not the ammo.

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    I barrelled a mauser in 7.62x39. It is a accurate round with quality ammo.
    I got some white box russian ammo that is won't group.
    I got some black box WPA ammo that shoots nicely.
    PPU shot well also.

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