Ruger Releases American Rifle Ranch in 7.62x39mm

The popular AK-caliber joins four other models in this growing line of synthetic-stocked bolt guns.

The new rifle comes with a flat dark earth synthetic stock and a threaded barrel. It comes with 5-round magazine, but 10- and 20-round mags are available from Ruger.
The new rifle comes with a flat dark earth synthetic stock and a threaded barrel. It comes with 5-round magazine, but 10- and 20-round mags are available from Ruger.mfg photo

Sturm Ruger and Co. has added a new model in it's American Rifle Ranch line with a flat dark earth stock and a 7.62x39mm chamber, according to a release.

The line of bolt action rifles is known for its ergonomic, lightweight, synthetic stocks designed for quick shouldering and easy handling. Now, folks who are fans of AK-47 platform rifles now have a bolt gun option that lets them use the same rimless, bottlenecked ammo, designed by the Soviets during WWII.

The world’s most widespread military-pattern rifle was designed for this round: the AK-47, though it was largely replaced beginning in the 1970s with the 5.46x39mm cartridge, which is used by the current-issue AK-74M and its variants. The 5.46 is more similar to the 5.56 NATO cartridge in terms of ballistics.

Still, the 7.62x39mm is a common chambering in newly developed and produced firearms.

The bolt action on the new Ruger Ranch rifle is the same as the other rifles in the series, featuring a one-piece, three lug bolt with a 70 degree throw, which provides plenty of clearance for a variety of scopes and optics. The bolt uses a full diameter bolt body and dual locking cams to ensure smooth cycling.

The new rifle comes with a compact threaded barrel with a 5/8-24 inches thread pattern. On the other end, the Ranch rifle has a soft rubber buttpad to help soak up recoil and a once-piece aluminum optics rail. It comes standard with the Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger.

Included in the box is a 5-round Mini Thirty metal box magazine and sling swivel studs, but you can buy 10 and 20 round mags from Ruger, making this a pretty cool little bolt gun that can serve a variety of purposes with that kind of capacity.

The 7.62 rifle joins four other Ranch models in 5.56, 300 BLK, and 450 Bushmaster. MSRP: $599.