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New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle #16095635 05/18/21
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Picked up my new Ranch Rifle with the Magpul 10 shot AR magazine today. The magazine is loose in the magazine well. I have to keep upward pressure on it to get it to feed and it still won't feed reliably. If it does feed the bolt won't close on the round whether it's reloads or factory ammo. Has anyone heard of similar problems with these rifles? From what I've read the AR type magazine was supposed to take care of the trouble some owners were having with the original magazines. Never heard of the chambering problem before.

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Re: New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle [Re: 43Shooter] #16095691 05/18/21
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I have one in 350 Legend. I use a modified PMAG instead of the factory supplied metal one. Feed and function is great.

The bottom of your bolt body probably is milled out in a crude notch pattern vs. round the whole length. That is for the guns that use AR or AICS type mags.


I have a stainless American with the round bolt and rotary mags. Never had a feeding issue with that one.
Never had a chambering issue with just reloads. Never shot factory ammo.

Sounds like your gun might be heading back. They usually are efficient. Make sure they pay all shipping and insurance for both ways.

Re: New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle [Re: 43Shooter] #16095974 05/18/21
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Thanks for the info. I've owned a lot of Ruger bolt actions over the years. This was a surprise, can't recall a problem with any of the others. The reloads I was using were a little under book coal of 2.260 as anything longer wouldn't fit in the magazine and the brass was new Lapua. If anything was going to function seems that should have. I expect they'll take care of it.

Re: New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle [Re: 43Shooter] #16096185 05/19/21
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At that price point you have to expect the occasional issue. Probably cheaper for them to fix the whoopsies than to do the QC on all of them.

First one I ever saw years ago rattled when I picked it up (standard magazine).


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Welcome to Ruger Quality Control where our motto is "We suck the first go round, but usually get it right the second time."

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Re: New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle [Re: 43Shooter] #16096570 05/19/21
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Called Ruger, got through immediately to someone that took care of returning rifle to them at no cost to me in about five minutes. Good service.

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I picked up one of the Ruger American Ranch rifles in 5.56 back in December. Mine is the flush magazine or standard magazine I guess you could say. I haven’t had one issue with it so far.
I mounted a 4-12 Leupold on it and screwed an A2 flash suppressor on the end of the barrel. It’s a nifty little utility rifle.
I’ve really enjoyed working up a load for it.
I hope they get you fixed up.

Re: New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle [Re: JTrapper73] #16099698 05/20/21
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Thanks, me too. It's going back today.

Re: New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle [Re: 43Shooter] #16159500 06/10/21
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Got the Ruger American Ranch Rifle back a couple of hours ago. Work sheet said:

"Replaced the extractor, extractor spring & extractor ball bearing." Not sure why they did that, extraction wasn't a problem as I couldn't get a round to fully chamber.

"Honed and cleaned the chamber."

"After repair Fieearm was function fired 20 rounds of Hornady without malfunction." Got my doubts about that. See below.
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I tried to chamber both factory & handloads with 55 gr Hornady V-Max & Sierra reloads and Wolf factory. Never had a problem with any other 223 I've owned chambering anything up to the book max of 2.260. This rifle wouldn't chamber anything I didn't push down to a c o a l of 1.61 including the Wolf factory that started at 2,250.

Googled this short chamber problem with the 223 Ruger American rifle & found some others have had it too.

Be calling Ruger tomorrow. Seems they could ream out the chamber and problem solved. We'll see.

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Looking like about 3 weeks for the trip & fix, right?

I sent off an American yesterday. Mines a 6CM, short chamber as well.

I started a whine thread about it in the top section.

Re: New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle [Re: 43Shooter] #16161511 06/11/21
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Yep, about three weeks. Spoke with Ruger customer service in Mayodan this morning. The lady I spoke with is going to talk with their tech people and call me back. Mistake in my above 6-10 post, the max coal I got with the rifle should have read 2.161 not 1.61.

Saw a post on another forum where a guy with an American Predator had the same situation with the short chamber.

Re: New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle [Re: 43Shooter] #16267638 07/20/21
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Rifle came back yesterday with a new barrel which is what they should have done the first time. Seems to chamber ok now. PIA but I've been buying Ruger rifles & handguns since the sixties and never got a defective one before. They took care of it at no cost to me so can't complain too much.

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All’s well that ends well. You’ll like it. I have shot the living chit out of mine.

Re: New 5.56/223 Ruger American Ranch Rifle [Re: PaulBarnard] #16268810 07/20/21
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Originally Posted by PaulBarnard
Welcome to Ruger Quality Control where our motto is "We suck the first go round, but usually get it right the second time."


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