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.
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 motivation for the man who designed it? Being charged by three elephants simultaneously.
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.