Ruger American Ranch Rifle 300Blackout:Part2

| June 21, 2015 | 2 Comments

My initial range outing was cut short by mother nature but after a couple of weeks and 150 rounds down range with the new Ruger American Rifle Ranch I’ve decided to review and share my experience.

The RARR Blackout is equipped with a lot of features that make this a very nice rifle. At a price point well below $500 it is hard to imagine a rifle being equipped so well. You can easily find yourself with a nice rifle, scope and rings for less than $600. Having been a long time fan of Savage rifles for their features, cost and accuracy I immediately noticed some features on the Ruger which reminded me of Savage made rifles. First, the rifle has a hammer forged barrel sporting a 1/7 twist giving it the capability to handle the large 220gr bullets often found in subsonic ammunition. The 5/8-24 pitch threading, is protected with an included thread protector easy to remove and add a suppressor. The barrel is mated to a robust steel action in what looks like a Savage inspired barrel nut. Secondly, Ruger added a nice light weight stock free floating the barrel and resting the strong action in a V notch aluminum bed. The stock can be ordered in two models, compact (model # 6970) which sports a length of pull of 12.50 and model (# 6968) which sports a length of pull of 13.75. Model #6968 is the one being reviewed. Both stock models come with a firm but soft butt pad which makes the the already tamed 223 and 300Blackout models the American is chambered for easy to shoot. Third, and what I believe again is Savage inspired is the trigger, branded by Ruger as the Marksman trigger which allows the shooter with a supplied tool to adjust the pull weight down to about 3 pounds. This trigger heavily resembles the Savage accutrigger in looks and feel. Out of the box my trigger was crisp with no take up but came in at 4.5 pounds according the RCBS trigger gauge. All in the RARR 300Blackout weighs in at 5.95 pounds.

The features with no resemblance to Savage are a 70 degree action bolt made of steel and comprised of 3 locking lugs. Working the action the bolt was a little rough but easy to function, a little grease smoothed things right up. Unfortunately for me this is one of the features along with the magazine I did not care for in particular the bolt knob. It was small for my large hands, this bolt deserved a larger tactical bolt knob, not to mention it just looks better more to come on that later. The magazine fits flush with the stock maintaining the sleek lines but is made of plastic and doesn’t seem to be as rugged as the rest of the rifle. Only one of the rotary magazines are accompanied with the rifle. It is the same magazine as used in the 223 variant, additional magazines can be purchased from Shop Ruger. These magazines are not getting rave reviews and have many reports of issues. In 150 rounds I have yet to have an issue with the magazine or overall functioning of the rifle in general. I am unaware of any changes Ruger has made to the magazines yet mine remain 100% reliable and they will hold 6 rounds instead of the 5 as branded by Ruger. My main concern with the magazine is the plastic spring loaded latch which locks the magazine into the stock. It doesn’t feel like a long lasting durable design. My desire for a tactical/larger bolt handle lead me down a path of modifications to improve upon and already great rifle. The mods were simple and are great improvements. All together these mods can be accomplished by a novice with the right tools in under 30 minutes.

The mods were: A Trigger Job, Adding a 2″ Tactical Bolt from Glades Armory, and a Simple Threaded Muzzle Device.

With the trigger job I was able to reduce the pull weight down to 2 pounds. The safety continued to work and I tried many different ways to get the rifle to drop fire, working the bolt very aggressively and smacking the butt pad to simulate dropping the rifle. In the end all safety was maintained, the trigger was crisp and was still void of any slack/takeup making it now and outstanding trigger.

The Trigger Mod:

This mod is simple and safe but not my creation. As usual your results may vary. I did take the additional time to polish out some machine marks on the trigger assembly.

Step one, remove the pin (A) [lift the trigger assembly out after you’ve removed that pin]
Step two, remove the trigger adjustment screw (B)
Step three, remove the spring (C) that follows the blue line.
Step four, cut off ~1.75 coils
Step five, sand the cut end of the spring flat
Step six, remove any burrs
Step seven, reassemble [in reverse] with the cut side of the spring toward the adjustment screw


The Tactical Bolt Mod:

With the right tools this mod is very easy to do. Ruger’s bolt handle completely removes allowing for easy addition of after market bolt handles like the one’s from Glades Armory (Thank you Ruger). Glade makes a very nice product that I was very happy with. The extra mass and finish not only looks nice but makes operating the bolt very easy. Glade provides a decent tutorial video on how to install their product but could have been better with step by step instructions given during the video.

Step one – you will need a set of Snap Ring Pliers that can be picked up from any automotive store or very cheaply from Harbor Freight if this will be a one time usage tool for you.
Step two – Remove the bolt from the action.
Step three- Remove the black plastic end cap protecting the firing mechanism by twisting it to align with the smooth side of the bolt handle. Give the cap a little pull, it is snapped in and it will come right off.
Step four – Place your bolt handle in a vice.
Step five- Insert your snap pliers in the end of the bolt opening/releasing the spring tension while inserting the aluminum tool that came with your bolt.
Step six – twist the bolt and pull, be very careful on this step as your bolt handle will drop free when removed.
Step seven – Insert your new bolt and reinstall in reverse order.

I can’t say enough how pleased I am with the Glade Armory product, the fit and finish is impeccable.

Along with my step by step tutorial and this installation video hopefully you find this to be a 5 minute install.

The Simple Threaded Device Mod:

This was the easiest mod of all. Some are probably wondering why do this when Ruger already provides a really nice thread protector. Well the Simple Threaded Device is not just a thread protector. It is designed to reduce flash signature from line of sight. It also directs concussion and blast down range away from the shooter making for a better shooting experience. This device definitely works as advertised, me and my son tested with and without this device from behind and standing to the side of the shooter. There is a big difference in noise and concussion over the thread protector provided by Ruger and adding the Simple Thread Device. I of course cleaned it up and added some anti seize to the threads to make it easy for removal to add suppressor. ? Hand tight is all that’s needed to keep the device in place while shooting. I put 50 rounds down range and the device remained tight. With it’s light weight construction there was no change in point of impact or accuracy of the RARR 300Blackout. The fit and finish on this device was also impeccable.

So how was the accuracy you ask, well I hope to complete part 3 of the review soon so keep checking back. Before you get upset, you will not want to miss part 3. The RARR 300 Blackout would be tested at 50 yards with 18 different loads of ammunition, I would then take the most accurate of those loads and test at 100 and 200 yards. Chronograph data will also be included. I promise it will be worth your time if you are interested at all in this rifle or if you are an avid reloader of the 300 Blackout, you will want to see the many variations of data and targets.

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2 Comments on "Ruger American Ranch Rifle 300Blackout:Part2"

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  1. Ryan Anderson says:

    How was the free floating on the model you have? I just got mine last week and the stock makes pretty good contact with the barrel on the left side. I called Ruger and they said to shoot it and if it’s accurate don’t worry about it.

  2. Vlad says:

    I got the same problem the stock torches the barrel. Its not a problem the plastic flimsy so there is no way around it. It will shoot well do not worry.

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