Originally Posted by SidecarFlip
I looked at and almost bought one the other day but I don't like the stock or the way it shoulders. I can't see buying a lower end rifle and having to change the stock out right away.
A lot of people tend to evaluate a given rifle solely on the basis of one or two factors. Accuracy is usually one of those factors. If that is all that matters, some of the budget rifles now being produced are screaming bargains.
If other qualities such as handling, balance, and beauty are important to you, I would consider that to be a strong signal that you ought not be looking for a budget rifle. No way would I consider a budget rifle if my plan involved swapping parts. Where the Ruger American is concerned, the design of the stock is such that swapping it out would not be a good idea.
For what it is, the Ruger American is a good choice. If you want a more complete package, step up to the flagship action of your brand of choice. Such rifles are more expensive for a reason: You are getting more for your money.