Ruger American Ranch Rifle Review on TFBTV

James Reeves
by James Reeves

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves discusses building the quietest budget bolt action rifle. It’s hard to beat a bolt action .300 Blackout when you look at versatility and suppressed performance, so James starts with a Ruger American Ranch rifle in .300 BLK (and performs a full review of the Ruger American Ranch .300 Blackout while we’re here). This rifle often hits prices below $500 so it’s a great budget option for those of you who want to get into ultra-quiet suppressed performance. Add glass and a suppressor and a sling and you’re good to go. James walks you through his build today.

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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • BeoBear BeoBear on Jun 28, 2022

    These are pretty interesting affordable rifles. I've always bought Savage 110 series rifles because the accuracy per dollar ratio was always phenomenal (I just wish there was a extended magazine option available). As more people realized this the price of these rifles has steadily increased. There's always a place for inexpensive but accurate rifles.

    Is there good reason to add one of these in 6.5 Grendel to my stable if I already have very accurate AR's in this caliber? Other than the advantage of being able to use a slightly longer OAL cartridge? I don't have any suppressors so overall sound mitigation isn't a concern. Perhaps the just the sheer enjoyment of working the bolt is reason enough. I've always compared the difference between the semi auto and bolt action to being like an automatic vs manual transmission in a muscle car. You get fast shifts without even touching the gear shifter with the automatic but there's also something primal and satisfying by shifting the manual. I think I'm talking myself into one but that itch needs scratching in 6.5 Creedmoor first.

  • David Buck David Buck on Jun 28, 2022

    I built something very similar on a Howa Mini action, and a Swampfox 1-10x24 LPVO.
    Later I dropped it in a chassis and it shoots beautifully. I am going to be using it to drop pests in my new pine forest. They can destroy young trees at an alarming rate!