Ruger American Revolution
Getting set up for big game hunting never has been easier (or more affordable) than right now. Gun companies have offered “package” deals that include rifle, scope and mounts for decades. The latest such combo from Sturm, Ruger & Co. is what can be called the American Revolution, because it combines Ruger’s American rifle with Redfield’s Revolution scope.
AMERICAN REVOLUTION RIG in action. Over the course of several days,
hundreds of rounds went downrange where targets were hit repeatedly and
Just how quick and easy it really is to go from factory box to effective shooting out to 400 yards became apparent on a recent trip to the Gunsite Academy near Paulden in northern Arizona where we shot Hornady’s 168-grain A-Max load in .308 Winchester through the rifles at distances ranging from close to 400 yards, with repeated and predictable hits the norm.
HUNT READY RIG included the Ruger American rifle, Redfield Revolution
scope, Hornady ammo, bipod and sling. (The masking tape on the side of
the stock is there to make it easier to remember which of the several
rigs I was using.)
That’s pretty good to be able to take a basic hunting rifle rig out of the box, sight it in and then proceed to make virtually any kind of hunting shot imaginable without further fiddling or tweaking. The trigger on that model is adjustable for weight of pull, but I didn’t need to tweak the one on the rifle I was shooting – it worked fine, right from the box.
The Ruger American rifle is that company’s most basic bolt-action rig with synthetic stock and removable box magazine. It is one of what I have come to call the MHR – Modern Hunting Rifle in that it is a bolt-action counterpart to the AR-type Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR).
Redfield’s Revolution telescopic sight also packs a lot of performance into a most affordable package. It is made here in the USA, and the scopes we used tracked well when adjusted and were easy to use from various angles, due to their most ample 3.5 inches of eye relief. Very nice.
Ammo, of course, worked great. Hornady Manufacturing has that whole thing worked out very well. Bottom line, rifle rigs delivered slightly sub MOA to even a bit better from field bipod rests – that’s really good.
The American package rigs are offered in .22-250 Rem., .223 Rem., .243 Win., .270 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., .30-06 Spr. And .308 Win. Barrel length is 22 inches and weight, depending on caliber, ranges from 7.0 to 7.25 pounds.
The Redfield Revolution scope, which comes mounted in Leupold Rifleman rings, is 3-9x40 (actual magnification 3.3-8.5) with 4-plex reticle. It features 1-inch tube and Accu-Trac ? MOA finger click adjustments.
Over several days, I fired several hundred rounds through the rig and had no trouble hitting targets from all normal hunting positions, including bipod rest, BOG-POD tripods, kneeling and standing offhand.
One thing is certain: this package rifle/scope combo is a serious rig, ready for hard hunting in any climate. That’s really nice. MSRP for the blue steel combo rigs is $679 (blue steel rifle alone is $449 and stainless is $529). MSRP for the 3-9x40 Revolution scope is $199.
In recent years I have been shooting and hunting frequently with the .308 Winchester cartridge. No particular effort to do so. Just worked out that way.
RUGER AMERICAN RIFLE with Redfield Revolution 3-9x40 scope is a really effective package deal.