More 7.62×39 Bolt Actions? Ruger American Ranch Rifle (Yes, Please!)

    While the 7.62×39 Russian round enjoys a reputation as a fantastic overall cartridge, it has sadly been largely relegated to generally inaccurate platforms. Now, before the fanboys get all over me, yes, the AK can be accurate – its just harder to get one than say an AR or bolt-action. Fortunately, that is changing. With the success of the Howa mini-action, it seems that Ruger cannot let the offshore-made rifle have its way with the bolt-action market.

    Seeing the opening in the market, Ruger has announced the Ruger American Ranch Model chambered in 7.62×39 Russian. This gives the round an excellent platform by which to prove its versatility and accuracy instead of the clunking AK platforms or even Ruger’s own Mini Thirty.

    For specs, the rifle has a 16” barrel, threaded suppressor-ready 5/8×24 with a 1/10” right-hand twist using 6 conventional grooves. The stock is Ruger’s well-liked synthetic American-style stock, featuring a length of pull at 13.75”. No sights are included, but the receiver includes a pre-mounted picatinny rail. Total weight is 5.9 lbs.

    As a bonus, the bolt-action rifle takes Ruger’s Mini Thirty magazines. The Mini Thirty includes factory options for 5, 10, and 20 rounds with aftermarket options up to 30 rounds. That’s a lot of firepower for a bolt-action gun.

    MSRP is set at $599, which in Ruger style will likely street for a bit less.

    In short, I want this. Thank you, Ruger.


    Specs from Ruger:

    • 5-round Mini Thirty® metal box magazine. 10 and 20-round magazines available at com.
    • Ergonomic, lightweight synthetic stock designed for quick, easy handling blends a classic look with modern forend contouring and grip serrations.
    • Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger offers a crisp release with a pull weight that is user adjustable between 3 and 5 pounds, allowing shooters to make that perfect shot.
    • The one-piece, three-lug bolt with 70° throw provides ample scope clearance and utilizes a full diameter bolt body and dual cocking cams for smooth, easy cycling from the shoulder.
    • Patent-pending Power Bedding®, integral bedding block system positively locates the receiver and free-floats the barrel for outstanding accuracy.
    • Compact threaded barrel (5/8″-24 thread pattern) is cold hammer-forged barrel results in ultra- precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy, longevity and easy cleaning.
    • Features a visible, accessible and easy-to-actuate tang safety that provides instant security.
    • Soft rubber buttpad is crafted for maximum recoil reduction.
    • Factory-installed one-piece aluminum scope rail.
    • Also includes – magazine; sling swivel studs.

    TFB’s FNG. Completely irreverent of all things marketing but a passionate lover of new ideas and old ones well executed. Enjoys musing on all things firearms, shooting 3-gun, and attempting to be both tacticool AND tactical.