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Ruger American Ranch 556 Upgrade and Plinking

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I picked up a Ruger American Ranch 556 from @LuckySG as my Christmas gift to myself.

Upgrades and additions over the past month+ comprise:

1) Boyd At-One stock in Pepper/Maroon
2) Vortex Diamondback 6-24X52 ($399 retail; used combination of Raise.com for gift cards and waited for bonus discount from ActiveJunky.com = $297 final price!)
3) Vortex 30mm rings ($60 retail; paid around $45 following above)
4) Harris bipod ($80 retail; paid around $60 following above)
5) Anarchy Outdoors bolt handle replacement

Here's the rifle with the scope mounted.

Tested the following ammo. 2 shooters of similar skill. Same ammo order.

1) Wolf Polyformance 223 55gr FMJ (12 o'clock)
2) Wolf Polyformance 223 62gr FMJ (3 o'clock)
3) Wolf Military 223 62gr HP (6 o'clock)
4) Federal 5.56 55gr FMJ (9 o'clock)
5) Hornady 5.56 55gr FMJ (center)

Photos of the Boyd stock install (bedding, lesson learned with forward lug, and post install performance improvement) in the next post.

I also plan to test all kinds of off-the-shelf ammo because I don't have time to hand-load, and want to see if non-match gives decent performance for plinking...because I'm cheap :p

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I picked up a Ruger American Ranch 556 from @LuckySG as my Christmas gift to myself.

Upgrades and additions over the past month+ comprise:

1) Boyd At-One stock in Pepper/Maroon
2) Vortex Diamondback 6-24X52 ($399 retail; used combination of Raise.com for gift cards and waited for bonus discount from ActiveJunky.com = $297 final price!)
3) Vortex 30mm rings ($60 retail; paid around $45 following above)
4) Harris bipod ($80 retail; paid around $60 following above)
5) Anarchy Outdoors bolt handle replacement

Here's the rifle with the scope mounted.

Tested the following ammo. 2 shooters of similar skill. Same ammo order.

1) Wolf Polyformance 223 55gr FMJ (12 o'clock)
2) Wolf Polyformance 223 62gr FMJ (3 o'clock)
3) Wolf Military 223 62gr HP (6 o'clock)
4) Federal 5.56 55gr FMJ (9 o'clock)
5) Hornady 5.56 55gr FMJ (center)

Photos of the Boyd stock install (bedding, lesson learned with forward lug, and post install performance improvement) in the next post.

I also plan to test all kinds of off-the-shelf ammo because I don't have time to hand-load, and want to see if non-match gives decent performance for plinking...because I'm cheap :p

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Looking forward to the next set of photos. Never met a Boyd’s stock that I didn’t like.
 

Reno

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I’ve got the same rifle and it is an absolute shooter. The Boyd’s stock is on my short list to add to it.

Hand loads I’ve shot this guy sub minute all day long. Factory load wise, Hornady superformance and federal match have done extremely well.

Easily my favorite rifle.
 
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Here is the Boyd stock install. The following modifications to the factory shipment were required.

1) Drill hole in the rear would not accommodate the safety lever. I had to channel the drill hole area. A Dremel would have made the job easier/cleaner.
2) I had to shave half to one millimeter on the left side so the safety lever spring would fit and move freely inside.
3) Boyd provided an epoxy mix to bed the front and rear lugs. I made sure to wipe off any excess. Fit the stock while still "wet". And then removed the stock to allow setting before installing 24 hours later.
4) The Ruger front lug screw is too short for the new stock. Great customer service communications at Boyds. They offered to ship a longer screw. I was able to find one at Ace Hardware after they provided thread information (1/4 x 28 fine; 1.25-inch long; buttonhead). The Ruger screws are 1-inch in the front and 1.5-inch in the rear.

I have a few extra lug screws if anyone needs one for their build.

Same ammo runs following the same order. Immediate improvement with tighter groups.

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I replaced the factory bolt handle and knob with one from Anarchy Outdoors and fitted the stainless steel handle with a titanium acorn knob. It's best to purchase the firing pin tool for $8. Makes the job super easy. Total cost, including the tool, was under $100, shipped.

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This video shows how easy it is to do.

 

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Ditto on same rifle. It likes .223 loaded about 2750fps and punches a ragged hole.
I was eyeballing that same stock in a pepper laminate.
 

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