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Ruger American Ranch stock options

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  1. high country

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    I am looking to add a .223/5.56 bolt action to the safe, and am leaning pretty hard towards the Ruger American Ranch. I handled one the other day, and although I felt like the stock fit pretty well and was comfortable, it felt a bit on the chintzy side. Definitely functional, I am not bagging on it, but it is what you would expect at that price point, while the rest of the rifle seemed to be nicer than I would expect at that price point.

    I am wondering about options to swap out the stock if I were to go with the American Ranch, if I decided it needed it. One of the main things I like about the Ranch is the ability to accept AR magazines. Is there bottom metal available to put a boyds laminate stock on there, or are there other companies that make a hardwood, laminate, or nicer synthetic stock that works with the newer version that takes the AR magazines?

    Thanks in advance of any info anyone has on that.
     
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    maybe best just get the hawkeye
     
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    It's a $400 rifle that shoots great. Adding a $150-$200 aftermarket stock, even if one were available, would turn it into a $600 rifle. At $400 it is a bargain. If you're going to spend $600 there are better options anyway. I'd just buy a Tikka or Bergara at $600.

    There are some stock options from Boyds that take the rotary magazines. Bell & Carlson is now making a nicer synthetic for long actions and I have no doubt a short action version will be available soon. Making one to take AR magazines would be more complex and I wouldn't think it will happen. If you are determined to replace the stock buy the Compact with an 18" barrel that takes rotary magazines and then look for a stock.
     
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    This is sort of what I was afraid of. Doesn't necessarily take the American Ranch out of the running, but it is definitely a consideration.

    One of the main things that pulled me towards the Ruger was the ability to use 10 round magazines. I find it really nice to have that extra capacity shooting prairie dogs. Again, not a deal breaker necessarily but a consideration.

    A Tikka T3 lite compact seems like it would be a good option, and it looks like there is bottom metal to make it accept AI magazines for that additional capacity. But, once you do that, it is about twice the cost of the Ruger, and still has a (albeit much nicer) synthetic stock.

    The CZ 527 looks like just about the ticket, but as far as I can tell, 5 round magazines are the only option, and you are tied to the proprietary scope mounts.

    Any other light weight 20" or less barrel option 223 bolt guns that I should be looking at that have a wood or laminate stock option and accept (or can be made to accept) a magazine with 10 rounds?

    Thanks for the advice!
     
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    Mossberg MVP takes AR mags. Though, I wouldn't call it lightweight. Sturdy, I think that's how I would describe it. But I prefer the bolt on the Americans, even with the zipper sound and feel
     
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    Brownells was selling Howa 1500 complete barrel actions pretty cheap in a number of cartridges believe that five round mags are included. Boyds makes stocks for these in a variety of configurations and Howa does have 10 round (albeit plastic/polymer) for these.
     
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    The Howa is interesting, I need to see if I can find one to take a look at around here.

    I looked at a Mossberg MVP, and was not impressed by it. The bolt felt loose and floppy during the stroke, and like you said, the build seemed overly beefy for a compact .223.

    Thanks for the suggestions!
     
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    I have the American in 7.62x39. I like the stock that comes on it. If I wanted to have more money in a rifle I would get the CZ 527 - they are similar sizes.
     
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    The Savage Hog Hunter comes to mind. It's a thicker than normal barrel (but not a "heavy barrel") which I think would lend itself to sustained fire on a Pdog hunt.

    The factory stock is a internal fixed mag on a flimsy stock, but can be converted to whichever configuration you want.

    The base price isn't bad, and you can find all kinds of inexpensive take-off factory or lightly used aftermarket parts if you're price conscious. Or you can go all-out, it's a Savage short action.
     
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