Range report: Ruger bolt-action 7.62x39


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HIPOWER
October 24, 2005, 08:48 PM
Hi folks. I thought I'd share my good experience with this rifle so far. The rifle in question is a Ruger model 77 "ultralite" chambered in the 7.62x39 Soviet round, synthetic stock with blued barrel.

I bought this rifle more as a novelty, liking the idea that I could use cheap ammo, and perhaps use it for 100 yard deer hunting in the thick Pennsylvania woods.

I mounted a 2x7 Nikon scope and took it to the range today. The gun is very light and handy...a nice change from my old 30-06.

It shot incredibly well at 100 yards using Federal "power shock" ammo with a 123gr. softpoint. I took my time and waited for the barrel to cool between shots. My last group of 3 shots were literally touching each other!

There is really no recoil at all with this rifle, and the report is actually mild compared to the other standard deer rifle calibers. This is a rifle that you could shoot all day long and have fun.

I could not be more pleased with this rifle and I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs this deer season. I know the 7.62x39 cartridge has its limitations, but in the area where I hunt the absolute longest shot I could take would probably be at about 100 yards. At this distance, this rifle shines.

Just thought I'd pass along this recommendation. This rifle is a winner.

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Rob1035
October 24, 2005, 09:50 PM
sounds like it would be a good companion for any of the many AK/SKS lovers on THR...

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