A trend of recent times in the world of firearms and rifles is to reduce product cost substantially in order to make them more accessible to a wider public. Old school hunters may grow hesitant to invest in such products: The saying you get what you paid has repeatedly proven to be accurate after all. But does this claim hold up to scrutiny when it comes to the Ruger American 22-250 model?
This article will thoroughly explore Ruger’s rifle, presenting you with an unbiased holistic review of the products pros and cons, its strengths and weaker points. You will find out if this is a great opportunity for you to invest in a buying a new, budget rifle or a cheap sales pitch by Ruger to attract customers to buy a less than ideal and ultimately compromised product. Whether you are a gun expert, or a total novice lost in the chaos of the booming firearm market, if you are interested in the Ruger American 22-250, this is the definitive article for you.
- Stock: Black Synthetic
- Sights: None-Bases Supplied
- Barrel Length: 22”
- Material: Alloy Steel
- Twist: 1:10” RH
- Capacity: 4
- Finish: Matte Black
- Weight: 6.3 lb.
- Overall Length: 42”
- Length of Pull: 13.75”
- Grooves: 6
- Suggested Retail Cost: $$$
Now, the product is obviously inexpensive compared other rifles on the market. What matters is most is how much, if at all, the cost reduction compromises the product’s quality. When it comes to maintenance, it is plain to see that Ruger went a long way to make the rifle easy to use and maintain for amateur shooters. Its cold hammer-forged barrel allows for high levels of accuracy along with easy cleaning. You can simple run down a bore brush through it and wipe it down with solvent and oil.
The rifle features a visible and easily accessible tang safety just behind the bolt shroud that is both comfortable and convenient. It allows the shooter to keep the safety on seconds before the shot. Moreover, the safety does not lock the action, so you can easily cycle the bolt and empty the chamber while the gun is on safe mode.
The American Ruger weighs a tiny bit more than just 6 lbs. This puts the rifle well within the lightweight class. Thus, it is naturally relatively easy to handle compared to its heavier weight alternatives, feeling okay to hold in your hands. The downside is how the lighter a rifle is, the more recoil you are going to experience when shooting it. To combat this, the product’s manufactured added a soft rubber buttpad in order to reduce recoil. It does fair enough of a job, but you should definitely expect a reasonable amount of recoil.
We are certain many of you worry how you are going to look next to your friends, if you get the comparably inexpensive and very affordable Ruger rifle. Aesthetics are a big deal and none of us would like to look as if we were holding toy guns on our hunting and adventuring trips. Thankfully, this model, despite its reduced cost, does walk the walk when it comes to visual appeal. We would not go as far as calling it a beauty queen or anything, but you are surely not going to feel embarrassed about it or anything.
When it comes to putting the gun to practice, you will be pleased to find that the gun, unlike many other guns we have tried, does not rattle annoyingly and is quite accurate, even when using inexpensive, budget ammo.
The Final Verdict
All in all, Ruger’s American 22-250 is a solid rifle which positively surprised us. It is very easy to use and maintain, it is comfortable, it is accurate enough and looks the way a proper rifle ought to look. Is it perfect? Hardly, but which rifle ever is? What is important to understand is that Ruger is not trying to rip you off, by giving you a low quality, problematic product you wish you never bought under the bait of a lower than usual cost.
On the contrary, Ruger’s product will do the job adequately. In fact, it will probably do a little bit more than just that. As long as you do not have magical expectations from this product, considering how budgetly costed it is, we are quite certain you will be very pleased by your purchase.