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 ShopRuger.com.
“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.