Opinions on Ruger Rifle


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bang_bang
November 6, 2008, 12:23 AM
My friend just offered me one heck of a deal on a .308 Stainless Steel, Laminated Ruger rifle. This is the short barreled version (16.5 inches). Anyone ever had any experience with these rifles?

BTW- He priced it to me for $400.

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TCB in TN
November 6, 2008, 02:09 AM
I have 2 words for you. BUY IT!

I have had great success with Ruger Rifles over the years, including a couple of short action bolts (.243) and they shoot well. Were I to find that deal I would not wait, but would scarf it up quick!

SwampWolf
November 6, 2008, 11:50 AM
Offer him $375.00-or at least make him throw in a box of ammo. :evil: Seriously, sounds like a very good buy for a very nice rifle.

H&Hhunter
November 6, 2008, 11:54 AM
I think Ruger rifles are a fine value for the money. I couple of things that you need to be aware of with Rugers however. One, they M-77 has what must be the worst factory trigger in the history of rifles. This easily fixed with an after market trigger. Two some Rugers shoot really good and some don't they tend to inconsistent in the accuracy department.

The new Ruger M-77 Hawkeye with the LC-6 trigger is much better.

Reid73
November 6, 2008, 11:58 AM
Before deciding, take it to the range and find out how it shoots.

I have very mixed feelings towards Ruger rifles. On the one hand, I like the traditional styling; the Mauser-style claw extractors; and the reasonable prices. On the other hand, the triggers are terrible (be sure to factor in the cost of a replacement from Brownell's); the metal-to-wood fit is hit or miss; and the accuracy ranges from terrible to very good depending upon the individual firearm. Seems like a strange combination of a good design team and crummy quality control processes.

rbernie
November 6, 2008, 11:58 AM
308 Stainless Steel, Laminated Ruger rifle. This is the short barreled version (16.5 inches). Anyone ever had any experience with these rifles?
I have a Frontier, which is this rifle (in carbon steel) with a scope mount rib screwed to the barrel.

I love it.

It's arguably the rifle that I derive the most joy from having and using. It balances well, is absolutely rock solid, and puts the bullets where I need 'em. It may not be a benchrest tack-driver or a Cooper-quality build, but it's one of the the best all-around packages I can find.

That price is a steal. I'll buy it from you at your cost if you don't like it. :)

Tarvis
November 6, 2008, 12:13 PM
$400 is a pretty good deal on any of the base model rugchestingtons. I say shoot the thing and decide for yourself. If it is accurate enough for your liking, its a good deal. If you like it's feel and like shooting it, it's a really good deal.

ds92
November 6, 2008, 08:33 PM
If i were you i would buy that in a second but thats just because i came very close to buying one a few months ago and i now very much regret it! Make sure it fits you well and, if you can, shoot it a couple times.

telomerase
November 6, 2008, 09:53 PM
This is the short barreled version (16.5 inches).

I hurt my ears reading that.

rbernie
November 6, 2008, 10:11 PM
It's really not that bad.

Really.

bang_bang
November 7, 2008, 12:30 PM
I'm still deciding...kinda short on cash. This is a good rifle, I've never shot it but have seen him take many critters with it. It's used, so normal wear, but it's in excellent shape. It's only seen about 100 rounds through it.

I know that brand new they go for towards $700.

I'm most interested in this rifle for my girlfriend to take hunting. It's lighter and easier to handle than my .270 Rem 700 she's currently using. Hard decision.....:banghead:

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