Ruger American Rifle Review

Welcome to the Ruger American Rifle Review.  Recently I was looking to purchase a bolt action varmint rifle.  Initially, I was looking for a nicer, wood stock rifle that would act both as collection component as well as a a coyote and general varmint rifle, specifically in a 22-250.  As time went on, I ended up doing an about face on this.

After months of searching, it dawned on me one evening that I already own .223 dies, enough brass to keep me loading for years, and I am looking for a rifle that might take a bit of a beating in the field.  We ended up in Bi-Mart the next morning, and on a whim I asked if they had a Ruger American Rifle in .223, he came popping out from the back with one, and that deal was done.

Upon getting the rifle home, I gave it a thorough cleaning and inspected the overall quality of the rifle.  Initial impressions are that it is not all that nice, and by that I mean it is cold and industrial, much like an AR-15.  There is little to no personality to the rifle, it is simply a purpose driven tool.  This does not mean it seems cheap or inferior, quite the opposite.  You can tell that careful consideration was given to the rifle to make it an effective piece of equipment.

The adjustable trigger, the included scope ring bases, the weight and the overall fit and finish all meet the grade, so the only question left to answer was if it would shoot.  I decided on a Vortex Crossfire II 6-18x44MM AO riflescope.  Upon getting some Warne medium height rings, I bore-sighted the rifle, and put it on paper at 25 yards.  It placed the first 5 shots within a quarter, a few minor adjustments, and 5 more on the left side of the bull.  After a quick cleaning, I stretched it out to 150 yards and was equally pleased with the results.  Ignore the fliers, we had multiple shooters and varying wind conditions.

My initial impressions upon shooting were those of satisfaction.  The trigger is crisp, the bolt is tight but smooth, and the scope is clear.  I am happy with my purchase, and wouldn’t change much of anything.  So, overall my Ruger American Rifle Review is positive, with it priced effectively, and shooting tight groups.


I have since taken this rifle to Northern California for the 25th Annual squirrel roundup, and taken it shooting locally on some ground squirrels, and it sure is a sweet shooter.  We loaded up some Hornady 50 grain VMAX’s into once fired brass, and boy did they shoot sweet.  I have not perfected the zero, but manage to hit these tiny squirrels from 200-300 yards pretty regularly on every occasion.  The winner of the trip was the factory loads in the BDL .223, but for reloads in my Lee Loadmaster Progressive Press and the cost of this outfit, I will take it every time.

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Ruger American 223 Vortex CrossfireII AO

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Ruger American 223 Trigger Assembly

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Ruger American 223 Vortex Crossfire II Zero Workup at 150 Yards

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Ruger American 223 Vortex CrossfireII AO With Shade