RUGER American Rifles need a BOLT LOCK!

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Litehiker, Jul 31, 2018.


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  1. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    I have a Ruger American Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor. It is an amazingly accurate rifle giving me 1/2 MOA with Hornady's 143 gr. ELD-X ammo. I'm just amazed at the accuracy and that's why I went to the trouble of adding a Timmy trigger and Boyd's Classic laminated stock.
    I topped it with a SWFA 5- 15 x 42 FFP, mil/mil scope B/C of its excellent glass and, like the RAP, very reasonable price.

    Howsomever... Ruger gave the rifle NO bolt lock! As a result if you carry it with a round chambered the bolt can easily open and you can inadvertently lose that chambered round. Don't ask how I know.

    This is a serious flaw in an otherwise very well designed rifle and Ruger needs to correct it. PERIOD.

    Eric B.
     
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  2. huntsman22

    huntsman22 Well-Known Member

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    So carry it empty with the firing pin down. Harder to open.......
     
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  3. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    Yep, that's my only safe option, so that's what I do.

    Eric B.
     
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    Mike 338 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, more than a few times I looked down and saw my bolt open and chamber empty on an old Remington I carried. I decided that was lame. I'm a big fan of 3 position safeties. Not much you can do about it other than rig something to keep it closed.
     
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  5. Canhunter35

    Canhunter35 Well-Known Member

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    This feels like déjà vu. Didn’t we go through this on a thread already? IMO carry the ---- thing empty till ur ready to shoot. The bolt lock is why I won’t buy an xbolt.
    Besides the rar is the budget rifle of budget rifles, they’re not gonna be tricked out with every feature, but they certainly show how accurate a modern cnc machined action with a decent barrel can be!
     
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    ShtrRdy Well-Known Member

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    This has been a common complaint. They did an extra good job making the bolt lift easier.
     
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  7. Medicine Show Kid

    Medicine Show Kid New Member

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    Same here Eric, I bought me a budget 223 for the truck, mines the Ruger American compact 18"bbl. and it gets out the truck window quick on a coyote fleeing the ranch! However, carry the rifle on a sling and it won't be long till you notice that with the slightest rub or bump to the little bolt and up she has moved. Haven't had a round drop out, but I'm constantly checking she's in the right place, had a wife like that once! But unlike the x-wife I'm gonna keep the little coyote killer! Thinking of trying some Velcro maybe. It's a rifle I don't mind getn scuffed when the path gets bumpy. She wears a nice Leupold vx-3 and accuracy is ok. I don't think the problem Ruger can fix from my research.
     
  8. Litehiker

    Litehiker Well-Known Member

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    All,
    Solved my problem and sold my very accurate 6.5 CM RAP to one guy and the nice Boyd's stock to another.

    THEN I bought a Browning X-Bolt Pro at 4x the cost of the RAP. Yeah, I know, sounds crazy but I was thinking of building a custom mountain rifle anyway. However after looking at all the goodies on the X-Bolt Pro I realized it gave me everything I wanted and then some at a significantly lower price than beginning with a NUCLEUS action, top end trigger and a Bartlein barrel as I had planned, not to mention a carbon fiber stock.

    X-Bolt Pro features
    1. stainless barreled action
    2. fluted barrel W/ thread protector cap and/or radial ported brake
    3. factory lapped barrel (!)
    4. carbon fiber stock
    5. fluted bolt and bolt handle (WITH bolt locking feature)
    6. excellent Feather Trigger (a bit better than the one on the SAKO Carbonlite)
    7. burnt bronze Cerakote on all metal and the CF stock (eliminates CF finish glare)

    And best of all it is just as accurate as the RAP (1/2 MOA with Hornady ELD- X and ELD-M cartridges).

    I really liked my RAP especially once I added a Timmy trigger and the beautiful Boyd's laminated stock. Together it made the rifle look, feel and shoot like a much higher quality rifle.

    It's a ---- shame Ruger could not see its way to what would be an inexpensive bolt lock (when on SAFE). But, hey, we might see it if enough of us tell them. I've called them about it long ago.

    Eric B.