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This little gun was special. I couldn’t find a reason it wasn’t as good as more expensive models. Models from companies like Tikka and Sako and Remington.

Customers laughed. One in ten would usually see the light.

My coworkers in the shooting industry smirked at the idea. But nobody could come up with reasons it wasn’t as good as the best. I mean, cheap hunting rifles are normal. What makes the American different. I knew it was special.

But I also knew it was cheap. I had no way of knowing if the action was sound. Even if I got one, it would be a sample size of… one.

People who buy cheap hunting rifles are not people who shoot lots and lots and lots of ammo. Online reports were slim.

Idea was tabled.

Then years later, something happened. The Ruger Precision Rifle happened.

Suddenly, high round count competitors began wearing barrels out. Wearing them out and reporting on the forums. Reporting good things.

This was the last piece of information needed. The action was as solid as the spec sheet. Time to buy.

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It gets delivered tomorrow. Can this $375 gun keep up with the big dogs in terms of precision, reliability and function? We shall see.

It’ll get worked into the daily routine. Maybe not as much as the Glock, but enough to be called regular.

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