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Looking for your thoughts on a 7.62x39.

Twist, bore diameter, quality etc.

I have not spent much time with them but the ones I have seen seem kinda cheap...bolt makes a zipper sound and stock seems flimsy.

Am I wrong? Would it be a good all around truck gun type?

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I have an RAR Predator in .223. Paid $400 for it, it’s fairly light, shoots lights out, and takes AR magazines.
Would make a great truck gun.


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I'm not a fan of the Ruger American. They are cheaply made, flimsy, and low quality. I think your assessment is correct. Not sure what makes a gun a "truck gun", though. I'd avoid leaving guns in trucks as that is where most stolen guns come from.

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Originally Posted by NVhntr
I have an RAR Predator in .223. Paid $400 for it, it’s fairly light, shoots lights out, and takes AR magazines.
Would make a great truck gun.

DITTO here... that zipper will work out after a while. Mine is smooth as silk and quiet now. This is my go to rifle (with a silencer) as much as I hate to admit it... All my nice/expensive guns sit in the safe and get jealous. I'll bring the others out when I need to reach beyond 250 yards due to the light caliber...


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I've owned several. Stiil have my 22WMR. For what they are they shoot well.

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I have 2 one in 308 and one in 22 magnum. Both shoot realy good. The magnum is one of the best shooting 22 magnum I seen in rfles of that price range. I think these are good rfles for the price.

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I have a Ruger American in .270 Win the wife won about 9 years ago now. It’s accurate with the right loads. Not my first choice if I was buying a new rifle, but for the price I think they are good guns.

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Originally Posted by NVhntr
I have an RAR Predator in .223. Paid $400 for it, it’s fairly light, shoots lights out, and takes AR magazines.
Would make a great truck gun.

I have one of these also but have done an update or two, I bought an AICS mag well from Ruger so you have no limitations on ammo length like the AR magazines. I also installed a Timney trigger that made a world of difference.......very impressed with how well it shoots so I bought a second in 204Ruger

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A good accurate truck gun but feel cheap. I guess they are about a perfect truck gun actually if they were about $200 less than they run new.


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Yeah when they were $379 they were good. $529? Nah.

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The problem is I remember when a 700 bdl was $579...

I know that's irrelevant now but...damn.

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I just got an American Predator in 6.5 creedmoor. Out of the box it would leave a fired case laying just past the chamber. Ruger sent me a new extractor, ball and spring which fixed the issue.


I topped mine with an SWFA 12, did a trigger job and installed an VG6 Precision 6.5 brake. I’ve tried not to like it. I put 3 into 2.5” and 6 into 6.25” at 600yds the other day.


It’s getting easier to like it


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Took me a quite a few years to accept them for what they are. I always have a 30-06 or 308 winchester as a loaner rifle for guests.

In 2011-12 was when I first remember seeing one of these cheap budget wonders.

I was appalled.

My opinion back then, was to look for a cheap sporterized Mauser instead. Twice, I went that route and both had problems:

Off center scope base screws.

Another one would gouge the heck out of brass and the bolt handle wouldn't open unless you used high scope rings.

Helped some youngsters plan their first Alaskan hunt. The 30-06 ruger american sealed the deal. It was filthy after the long haul, but worked well in Alaskan conditions. I began to take them a little more seriously and gave the American a closer look:




Nowadays, the loaner gun is a Ruger American 308 winchester I picked up for $100 with 2-7 redfield revolution scope. The dmn thing out-shoots any rifle I've ever owned and has been flawless, with no malfunctions.

Came with weaver bases, Good trigger, lightweight, strong extraction, superb barrel, slim profile, fast 1:10 rifling twist, excellent twin v-block bedding system, excellent recoil pad.

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Easy pass...from any/all angles. Hint............


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If I was on a budget, I can't think of a better small bolt action deer rifle for the price.

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Didn't care for my first one, which was a 223...mag issues etc..

have a Predator in 6.5 Grendel... this one has the problems ironed out....

its a good serviceable rifle and is accurate, and takes the rough treatment in stride.

I like this one... if one came along in a 7.62 x 39, and I thought I had to have one, I'd jump on it.

have thought about getting a Predator in 223 also.


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Shefire can almost punctuate for herself...the "lucky" kchunt. Hint. Congratulations?!?

ALMOST.

Hint.

Fhuqking LAUGHING!...............


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Stumpy,

you currently out of jail? Congrats for your inbetween times out on the street...

Hutch sent me an email, and let me know you were out...he's a wonderful lab...

Missed ya.. but then I wasn't throwing anything at ya anyway....

Hint.

you're always laughing.. because you're always drunk....


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Pardon wares that exist...you "lucky" kchunt. Hint. Congratulations?!?

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Hint.

Fhuqking LAUGHING!.............


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Originally Posted by NVhntr
I have an RAR Predator in .223. Paid $400 for it, it’s fairly light, shoots lights out, and takes AR magazines.
Would make a great truck gun.


I have one also, shoots 62 grain Bear Claws very well. They kill hell out of pigs.

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