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Crappy $350 Ruger
#1
The more I play with this Ruger American Ranch in 300blk, the more I am impressed. It's not pretty. No claro walnut. No deep, shiny bluing. Just a compact, lightweight, inexpensive rifle that overachieves at every opportunity. With various factory ammo in 110-150gr from Freedom Munitions ball ammo to Barnes Vor-Tx premium hunting ammo, it groups around 1.25". Pretty darn good for a bargain rifle.
I decided to try loading for it just to see what it can really do. After some mediocre showings from the first few loads, it found one it likes quite a bit. 
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The little group was first and it was very satisfying. I went on to try a few other loads then came back to this and fired the bigger group.
I'll have to load up some more of these and dial the scope in, but I think I'm done testing for it.
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#2
I am jonesing for one in 450 Bushmaster. A friend bought one to hunt deer in the shotgun zone. The dang thing shoots MOA at 200 yards and is hoot to shoot. Trigger was actually quite good. I don't hunt in the shotgun zone but I want one anyway just because. Demand is big in my state right now but as soon as it tapers off I should be able to get one . Heck, I want one in every caliber.
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#3
We got straight-walled rifles here a couple years ago so guns like that are at a premium here as well. I was surprised that Ruger discontinued the 77/357 and 77/44. I wouldn't be surprised if they reintroduced them in the less expensive American line.
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(03-30-2017, 12:02 AM)Ronin.45 Wrote: We got straight-walled rifles here a couple years ago so guns like that are at a premium here as well. I was surprised that Ruger discontinued the 77/357 and 77/44. I wouldn't be surprised if they reintroduced them in the less expensive American line.


I think you are right about them adding the 357 and 44 mag to the American line up. Kind of a no brainer.  Those cartridges in a  $600 bolt gun doesn't make sense, too expensive which is why no one bought them. Those calibers in a $300-400 bolt gun would sell well.   Heck, I'd buy a 44 mag American for no other reason than to play with handloads and have a companion to my Redhawk.
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#5
I'd love a 357 version of my Ranch. My Liberty Mystic would thread right on. Talk about a perfect Ohio deer rifle. Of course, if they would pull their heads out of their asses, I'd just use the 300blk.
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#6
You need a thumper...The 450 BM is now legal in Ohio, I heard they now going with OAL like we do in Michigan rather than specifically named cartridges. Lots of guys are using them with suppressors up here now.

http://www.realguns.com/articles/883.htm

My son hunts with a 300 blk in an AR pistol. Been thinking about just buying an AR barrel in that caliber since I have enough parts laying around to slap one together.

But yeah, a 357 and 44 would be fun to play with in an inexpensive bolt gun.
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#7
If I get anything new, I want it to work with the suppressors I already have. It's all just speculative at this point. I've never been much of a hunter anyway. If I was hunting bigger game the 450 would interest me more, but not for whitetail.
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