Ruger American Rifle Now Offered in 7.62x39mm, Mini Thirty Magazines

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. has just released a version of their Ruger American Rifle Ranch Model chambered in 7.62x39mm. The rifle is also designed to accept Ruger Mini Thirty magazines of varying capacities. Shipped with the rifle is a 5 round magazine, but aftermarket and higher capacity magazines are available both from Ruger and throughout the market. Ruger representatives expressed an interest and demand for the caliber throughout the U.S. market.

From the Press Release-

Thirty years after the introduction of the Mini Thirty, its cartridge and magazine have found a new home. The magazine well of the Ruger American Rifle Ranch model is designed to accept Mini Thirty metal box magazines, which are properly positioned for reliable feeding. The magazine release is located in front of the trigger guard for easy manipulation. The rifle ships with a compact, 5-round magazine suitable for hunting. Higher capacity 10- and 20-round magazines are also available at

“Rifles chambered in the popular 7.62×39 cartridge have been a frequent request from our customers and we are proud to bring this exciting new bolt-action configuration to market,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and CEO. “Pairing this cartridge with the Ruger American Rifle Ranch model and employing the Mini Thirty magazine expands the utility and capability of this compact rifle.”

An extension of the Ruger American Rifle family, the Ranch model is compact, accurate and adaptable. The 16.10” medium-contour, cold hammer-forged barrel features a 5/8”-24 threaded muzzle, readying the rifle for any .30 caliber muzzle device. Like all Ruger American Rifles, this new Ranch model includes the Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger and Ruger’s patented Power Bedding® system for consistent and accurate performance.

The choice of the rifle being shipped with a 5 round magazine is most likely a result of the company reaching out to markets in states that have magazine bans such as California, Colorado, or Massachusets. Instead of matching shipments to each state, the company just has a blanket magazine issue that allows the rifle to be legally sold throughout the United States without regard to magazine capacity limits (for the most part).

Ruger appears to be going the route of Mossberg when the company released rifles chambered in .223 Remington and took AR15 magazines. By having a bolt action rifle in a popular cartridge, these companies can reach out to shooters or hunters who are very comfortable with traditional bolt action rifles such as your Remington 700s, your Winchester 70s, but might want a more economical solution, or even are hesitant about jumping into the semi automatic AR15 or Kalashnikov world. Another excellent solution are the laws that some states are feeling, many of which don’t affect bolt action rifles to the extent that they do semi automatic rifles.


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  • James Wilson

    I like it. I have the CZ 527 Carbine, this might make a nice companion.

    • Kelly Jackson

      I’m not saying this a bad gun because it isn’t, but I wouldn’t put it in the same league as a CZ. Those micro mausers are slick little actions and the cold hammer forged barrels are second to none.

      I wish they’d offer 10 rounds though

      • BillyOblivion

        CZ, or Ruger?

        • Kelly Jackson


      • Andrew

        Exactly, the CZ is going to be worlds better, but the price is about the same! Crazy.

        • burningwar

          Ruger MSRP is a pipe dream, really. It is used to help retailers sell their wares at a persistent “discount,” when, in reality, the the prices were always lower than MSRP. I figure this rifle going for $450 at the most (like most other higher demand Ruger American centerfires), unless if demand outstrips supply. At that price, it is a fair cut below the CZ’s retail cost.

  • Kelly Jackson

    I like the concept, but it just makes the fact the .223 doesn’t accept Mini 14 magazines that much more annoying.


    Let me repeat that IRON SIGHTS, why can’t we get them on an American made gun in a caliber larger than .22?

    • somethingclever

      You can, but you have to be willing to pay for them. The purpose of the Ruger American is a budget rifle. To keep those numbers low (real life prices for centerfires start ~$300), they have to cut some stuff.

      • Kelly Jackson

        So how much should they cost? Because the .22 caliber version of this rifle has them.

    • Drewogatory

      Jesus, I wouldn’t wish Mini-14 mags on anyone, and I love the Mini. But the sooner they give in and convert to STANAG ,the better.

    • S. Plankenberg

      Another thing.

      In addition to Adding iron sights, what’s wrong with putting something on the rifle besides a stubby, chopped-off looking barrel. Something on the order of 20″ to 22″ will make it easier to shoot when no rest is a ailable, and make it hang on target better.

      But seriously, the lack of iron sights for a gun designed for somewhat hard use that could knock a scope out of zero, or actually break the scope, is a deal-breaker for me and a lot of others I’m sure.

      • Twilight sparkle

        You get practically no velocity increase with a longer barrel in 7.62×39 and by keeping it shorter it would work well as a brush gun with a low magnification scope where you’d want something that you can get on target fast

        • Gary Kirk

          I’ll lengthen mine with the suppressor..

      • JF

        Howa offers 20″ heavy, 20″ light & 22″ barrels, plus a combo package w/ scope in 7.62 x 39 in their “Mini- action” – but still – no irons. CZ has a really nice one w/ irons, though

    • gusto

      ruger and savages scout rifles?

      why didn’t they just offer the scout rifle in 762×39?

    • captain obvious

      This is a budget hunting rifle so doesn’t need IRON SIGHTS. Most hunters use scopes so I repeat it doesn’t need IRON SIGHTS. Even is it had IRON SIGHTS most people would put a scope on it anyway. As soon as the new caliber novelty wear off the prices will fall and you can get your budget hunting rifle without IRON SIGHTS for $300-400. If you want IRON SIGHTS buy something else.

  • Andrew

    I don’t see the point of this when the CZ 527 exists, and has iron sights. If you already have a Mini Thirty, maybe?

    • burningwar

      Better magazines. Sure, they aren’t AK magazines, but almost anything is better than the single stack magazines most bolt action manufactures have a love affair with.

      • Andrew

        You sure about that? The magazine is like the weakest part of the Mini-30 or Mini-14. I don’t see what’s wrong with a single stack mag, that’s basically the most reliable mag type there is. The only downside is capacity, but I’m not sure why you’d need more than 5 rounds in a bolt action rifle anyway.

        • iksnilol

          I dunno, a CZ 527 would be perfect if it had a 10 round mag.

          I like to load and forget.

          • Andrew

            I just don’t see capacity as a high priority for a bolt gun. Definitely not at the expense of something else. The CZ is going to be more accurate, better made, has iron sights, and a really nice walnut stock. I wouldn’t trade any of those things for a few more rounds.

          • iksnilol

            Well,a higher cap mag is gonna last longer if loaded with fewer rounds (less wear). And if you made it stripper clip compatible would be hella handy.

            And they could have easily made it with a doublestack mag from the outset since then the 5 rounder would fit flush and look much better.

          • Andrew

            I don’t know where you’re getting that idea. The number of rounds loaded will not affect wear whatsoever. Also, being stripper clip compatible also has nothing to do with being double or single stack. ALSO also, looking better because it’s flush fit is entirely subjective.

          • iksnilol

            You’re gonna wear the spring less if you load 5 in a 10 rounder.

            I know that being stripper clip compatible has nothing to do with double or single stack, I never linked those two. I should be chiding you instead, how would you sacrifice a nice stock, irons and build quality for a few rounds extra? Those things have literally nothing to do with the magazine.

            Most people would say a flush fitting mag looks better. Why else would people pay a bunch of money for shortened CZ 527 mags if that was not the case (a 3 round flush fitting mag for that carbine is helluva more expensive than a factory 5 rounder).

            Next time, comrade Andrei, a little less vodka.

          • Andrew

            I’m a mechanical engineer, and I can tell you that putting 5 rounds in a 10 round magazine will have no effect on spring life.

          • iksnilol

            And I’m a space shuttle door gunner. I think I know this better.

            Convenient to latch onto that one point to ignore the rest of my post.

    • Tassiebush

      At this price in a synthetic stock I reckon is the reason but iron sights could be good.

  • Codewarrior

    The most important info on this rifle was left out of the press release.

    Is the Ruger designed to fire imported ammo that’s 0.311, like the CZ and Howa Mini, or 0.308 rounds, like most US rifles? Also, can the Ruger handle extracting steelcase without wearing out excessively? I understand it’s not semi-auto, but still…

    308 x39 exists but it’s much more expensive than imported steelcase 311 milsurp. Makes no sense to buy a new rifle for it, 300 Blk is actually cheaper.

    • Blake

      & is the firing pin spring powerful enough (& pin durable enough) to consistently fire tough Berdan primers in milsurp ammo?

      Re: bullet size, personally I’d guess that the barrel profile is similar to the current-gen Mini-30, which has a “compromise taper” so that it can shoot US & import ammo equally (im)precisely…

    • iksnilol

      Those 0.003 inches are really a non issue. Unless you use some ultra tight barrel with some hot loaded out to the lands loads.

      .308 bore is better for the cartridge.

  • Brett baker

    Make a lefty version please.

  • Neil Hamilton Hightower III

    Need in 300 black

    • chris lynch

      Pretty sure they already have a 300BO version… as of like a year or two ago.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Doesn’t take Mini mags.

      • Neil Hamilton Hightower III

        I thought it was rotary mag not stang or mini 14

  • chris lynch

    Came here to say WHERE ARE THE IRON SIGHTS, glad to see I’m not the only one.

    Also, not really seeing the point, because isn’t x39 not nearly as cheap as it used to be?

    • Matt

      I find the lack of iron sights annoying. I won’t be buying this rifle for that reason

    • BattleshipGrey

      I think going price for x39 is about 1000 rounds for $200~. Whereas 5.56 is about $300~ per 1000.

    • Tma

      Just hit it with aimpoint red dot and its better than iron sights ? Or whats so good about irons ?

      • Kelly Jackson

        They don’t ever need batteries, fog up, or break?

        If I only had money to buy a single all around rifle I’d want it to have iron sights.

        • RShanger

          When was the last time you heard of an aimpoint breaking

          • Porty1119

            The same time I heard of peep sights running out of batteries.

          • Kelly Jackson

            When it sat in the closet for 3 years and the battery leaked all over the inside.

            When was the last time you heard of a set of iron sights breaking?

        • Brett baker

          They can break, or go out of alignment. That said , I’d like 1 with a ghost ring sight

      • Ed Ward

        SHTF I don’t want to have to worry about tech failing me–simple as that, I want iron sights to fall back on which is only logical.

        • RShanger

          With today’s sights, iron sights have almost become irrelevant.

          • Ed Ward

            I prefaced my statement by stating that in the ‘absence of technology’ one needs standard iron sights to be sure. If you’re content to believe that society and tech will never fail than yes they’re dispensable.

          • RShanger

            You definitely didn’t preface anything. Nowhere in the comment thread actually. Where the you got society falling from my comment is beyond me.

          • Ed Ward

            Wow…Is your reading comprehension of a third-grade level?

            To reiterate, here’s my first sentence (this means preface) verbatim:

            “SHTF I don’t want to have to worry about tech failing me.”

            Technology can and will fail and why not have iron sights as a tangible, viable backup? EMP attack renders red dots and the like (electronics) null and void and a scopes can be lost, broken etc…How in the hell can you argue with this dude as my comment lacks any controversy? Look at the big picture instead of your current myopic view…

          • iksnilol

            I like irons, but they ain’t invulnerable. More bent irons than bent scopes in this world.

          • RShanger

            Somebody better tell that to the guys who run Leupold MK6 (and the European equivalent) scopes and the entire ARMY and MARINE CORP who issue Trijicon ACOGS that their scopes can get bent or lost. Time to start issuing fixed A2’s again.

          • iksnilol

            I spoke in favour of scopes and the like. I d’nae understand your comment, lad.

            Did you bend a scope? … did you mess up an ACOG? How’d you do that?

          • RShanger

            No, I haven’t bent a scope, or have heard of any body breaking one. I was being facetious, and poking fun at what Ed Ward said.

          • iksnilol

            Oh, my apologies good sir. I’ve been drinking.

          • RShanger

            Starting monday off right I see. Cheer to you sir. *Hat tips*.

          • iksnilol

            Vodka with lime… it goes well with a good salad and fish.

          • Ed Ward

            At what point did this become an either or endeavor? It’s “BACKUP” security in case of primary failure. I want a rifle with iron sights ‘in the event of a failure’ with primary optics and vice versa…Geez…

          • iksnilol

            I know, I agree fully… it’s just, maybe they ain’t as needed as we like to believe?

          • Ed Ward

            Yup–It’s all subjective to be sure and, as you say, one may never have the need for such. I just rest easier knowing I have something to fall back on.

          • iksnilol

            I’m just thinking, more likely for that son of a gun to be bent than the aimpoint gettin’ messed up.

          • RShanger

            Fine. Yep, my reading comprehension is on a third grade level. So my view is myopic because I see the threat of an EMP not as likely? Yep you right. I guess I will just stick to my leupold scopes, trijicon acogs & MROs, and Aimpoints. When the EMP strike hits, I will be out of luck with my MRO’s and Aimpoints. I will either loose or break my Leupold MK6 1-6 that is attached to my rifle. My ACOG will break and the tritium vials will have run out of juice at the most inopportune time. All becuase I didnt have iron sights on my guns that are in a mechanical safe, that is in the basement of a house that has concrete walls and concrete foundation. ALL BECAUSE I DIDN’T HAVE IRONS SIGHTS.

    • Ed Ward

      True but what is…? Heck, even .22r is still way overpriced relative to several years ago.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    20 rounds of 7.62 in a suppressed bolt gun. Tempting…..

  • Arnold Ziffel

    A 7.62 x 39 bolt action? OK. Why not?

    • The_Champ

      CZ has sold one for a long time.

  • Johnhancok

    Wish they’d fix the lousy magazine, bottom metal config on the blackout models. Be nice to use mini magazines in my 300blk. Great rifles, mine is crazy accurate.

  • iksnilol

    Gosh darnit all to heck, Ruger!

    Mini-30 magazines!? MINI-30!? Half the appeal of 7.62×39 is economy, and mini-30 mags are not cheap. Why not go for AK mags?

    • 360_AD

      Why not? Because Ruger has Mini-30 mags they want to sell you.

      • iksnilol

        Well, the mini-30 mags is the deal breaker for me to be honest.

        • mig1nc

          Do they have a bolt hold open? Not that it matters with a bolt gun. Just trying to see why they exist.

        • 360_AD

          Doesn’t mean the rest of the world will stop buying. And those who complained about cost of the mags? They’re like $20 bucks a piece. That’s not nearly as offensive as a $40+ FN SCAR mag.

        • 360_AD

          Oh, and capitalism. Love it or hate it. Can’t have it both ways at the same time.

    • gunsandrockets

      I hear you. While we’re at it, why doesn’t the .300 BLK version use AR-15 magazines?

      Don’t worry, no doubt Magpul will come up a new chassis for the Ruger American that would answer both questions. At the cost of $300!

      • Ritterbruder

        It would take a significant redesign of the bolt to make it feed from a staggered column magazine, which is why you rarely see bolt-action rifles feed from AR15/AR10 magazines. If they go with a non-proprietary magazine, they prefer using AICS magazines which are single-position feed.

      • iksnilol

        I doubt magpul would make a chassis. Metal ain’t their thingm

  • USMC03Vet

    That oxymoron though…

    • mig1nc

      Ruger Russian-American?

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  • Mike

    Yes, Yes YES.
    I have been asking for a small inexpensive rifle in 7.62×39 for years.
    I will buy one, Now for the decisions on the scope

    • Porty1119

      I vote for a Primary Arms ACSS optic with the 7.62×39 reticle.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Normally I’d bemoan the lack of AR15/STANAG magazines, but in this case I think it’s a smart move.

    7.62×39 AR15 magazines are finicky at best. Mini-30 magazines are well-designed for proper function.

    And while AK mags would be cooler and more abundant, why would Ruger go that route when they already manufacture a perfectly suitable reliable magazine?

    Now they just need versions in .223 and .300BLK that accept AR15 magazines.

    • Palmier

      CPD mags are flawless in my AR in x39

  • FOC Ewe

    6.5 Grendel host weapon

    • iksnilol

      But Howa makes their microaction in 6.5 grendel already.

      • FOC Ewe

        As does CZ but good luck finding a decent stock or chassis for either.

        • iksnilol

          Why? Thats dead weight.

  • 22winmag

    I’ll get one after they collect dust for a year or two and go on clearance.

  • CavScout

    7.62×39 will wear out a non-chromed barrel in a couple thousands rounds. Cheap ammo… but the barrels they eat up aren’t as cheap.