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    I have been longing for one of these little Rugers ever since they came out. However the misses and I have really tightened the budget of late and have agreed that if we want to buy something outside the of the set budget then we must find away to cover the expense. 20 inches of snow in the last 2 weeks and a lot of seat time on my Grizzly pushing snow have garnered more than enough for one of the little buggars. There has been one sitting on the shelf at the local gun shop for a while and now its mine.

    Just wondered what you guys thought of these rifles. Does the 16" barrel pose as a detriment to the performance? Mine is a 308 and will probably only see use on whitetail deer out to 200 yards at the most thus a 4X Redfield gets to ride on top. I will also be installing a thicker recoil pad to increase stock length more than anything.

    What are your thoughts on this rifle and approximately how many FPS will I loose with the short barrel? 150 grain fodder is probably what I will settle on for this gun.

    Thanks in advance EKC

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    Buy it.

    Lots of handguns in 308 with shorter barrels are used to 200 and beyond. Haven't chronoed one, but they're dandy rifles.

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    I bought one for my son about four years ago in 243 and he has killed deer every year with it and used it on varmints too. He absolutely loves it and now that he is almost sixteen and manly enough to have a bigger rifle he insists it is all he needs for deer.

    The rifle is very accurate with 58 grain to 100 grain bullets, and shoots MOA with many loads. It is not picky. The downside is considerable FPS loss (I am not where my range book is with chrony data or would give you some numbers) with the short barrel. It also throws quite a flame! It is quite noticeable through his Leupold 4x.

    The upside is that the loss of velocity has not hampered him from killing deer (his shots have been 200 yards and less), or varmints (300 yds and less). Contributing to his success is that it handles and points well for him and he uses that rifle so much it is second nature to him. That is no doubt why he is so accurate with it, which makes it a swift killer for sure.

    I think you will find it a joy to carry and use, and for your purpose of deer at 200 yards and under a perfect choice. Anxious to hear how you like it after you put some rounds through it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elmerkeithclone View Post
    Just wondered what you guys thought of these rifles. Does the 16" barrel pose as a detriment to the performance? Mine is a 308 and will probably only see use on whitetail deer out to 200 yards at the most thus a 4X Redfield gets to ride on top. I will also be installing a thicker recoil pad to increase stock length more than anything.

    What are your thoughts on this rifle and approximately how many FPS will I loose with the short barrel? 150 grain fodder is probably what I will settle on for this gun.

    Thanks in advance EKC
    I like the little rifles, though I don't own one. They are certainly handy and easy to carry. I would not worry about the velocity loss if you are going to limit your range to 200 yards. I think the increased muzzle blast will take more getting used to than the difference in velocity. So long as you hold it steady I suspect it will be deadly on deer.

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    I did buy it! I doubt that its had a box of shells through it and I got it for $350.00.

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    Glad you are getting back into guns again.Been lots of military rifles built and used with barrles less than 18" and bodies to prove they work

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    I have posted numerous times about this little rifle. They are just a great little package! I picked one up for my wife in 308 a couple years ago and she has killed one moose with it. The moose was unaware that it was killed by a rifle w/ a 16" tube. It is by far the easiest to shoot offhand of any rifle we own.

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    I'm looking at one of these for my son to use as his first centerfire rifle- probably in .243 or .260 next year. (He's getting the 10/22 CRR this year after moving up from a single shot .410). I played with one the other day at the store...convienent is a good description.

    I've shot a number of carbines with 16-18" barrels and I wouldnt worry about it a bit. You'll lose some velocity in a 16" tube but maybe not as much as you'd think. I had a 18" barrel on a Steyr that actually shot faster (only slightly but still faster) than my 22" Remington with equal loads. The .308 is an efficient round and doesn't suffer from short tubes like some do. I loved my short barreled Steyr- easy carrying and good pointing.

    I think the ease of use and packing offsets the slight loss of velocity.

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    Wow, $350 and like new, I'd say you got a great bargain too! You did good.

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    I've been lusting for one of these in stainless with the laminate stock for awhile now. I think I'm going to get one in .223 and .308! Great little rifle and built like a tank! Congrats!


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    OOOOWW,WOOO, and HUHNN???

    I couldn't stand the Muzzle Blast myself or subject my friends and loved ones with such.

    BUT, I have toyed with the idea of getting one in 260, and replacing the barrel with a 20 or 22 incher.

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    Smitty I have never understood that train of thought? I have shot numerous rifles with 14.5"-20" barrels in everything from .223/5.56mm-30-06 and never noticed an increase in noise, yes some have a little more muzzle flash depending on caliber and loads. The only time I could notice the difference in muzzle blast(noise) was when other people were shooting carbines in the same room I was in, in that case it got way too loud for my liking.

    When at the range I always wear hearing protection and insure my family members and friends do as well. Plus the occasional shooter next to me that failed to bring along any. I do need to start putting hearing protection in prior to shooting while hunting though.

    EKC I hope you enjoy that little rifle and keep us posted on how it all works out for you. Like you I have had my eye on them since they first came out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broncoformudv View Post
    Smitty I have never understood that train of thought? I have shot numerous rifles with 14.5"-20" barrels in everything from .223/5.56mm-30-06 and never noticed an increase in noise, yes some have a little more muzzle flash depending on caliber and loads. The only time I could notice the difference in muzzle blast(noise) was when other people were shooting carbines in the same room I was in, in that case it got way too loud for my liking.

    When at the range I always wear hearing protection and insure my family members and friends do as well. Plus the occasional shooter next to me that failed to bring along any. I do need to start putting hearing protection in prior to shooting while hunting though.

    EKC I hope you enjoy that little rifle and keep us posted on how it all works out for you. Like you I have had my eye on them since they first came out.

    No wonder why you are wearign hearing protection... We will do this take your 44 mag to the range and you will fire it with a jacketed bullets w.out hearing protection then you will fire it with hearing protection and you can see the difference LOL... But you can shoot a 44 mag with a cast bullet and 2400 w/out hearing protection but hey who does that we all grew up using hearing protection when we wer edumb and young we all had hearing protection right??? Anyhow to notice the effect of a short barrled rifle one needs to shoot it without hearing protection...

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    I just scoped a .243 with a Leupold 2-7. Nice little unit. Will work out very well for "on the fly" varmint/predator shots while rafting. I really liked the ability to take it up in the mountains with 100gr, then dial it down to 50gr for lighter animals.
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    Yes, do love those compact by Ruger and 308 is a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broncoformudv View Post
    Smitty I have never understood that train of thought?
    I'm sure it's only a matter of time, when you WILL understand.

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    Here ya go, 18" 308 to 1000 yds. You will be just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaRifleman View Post
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