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Old 03-23-2014, 07:16 PM   #1
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Any opinions on the ruger SR556, it is a piston AR platform rifle that I looked at for the first time today and I was impressed. It felt good but I would like to know how it shoots and what kinds of modifications people can do
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:27 PM   #2
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I like ruger but there are some products they make you should skip. I own more than a few of their guns. The big skips in the ruger lineup are the sr556 sr308 red label and m77.

The sr556 in particular is waaaaaaaaay over priced for what it is. There are light years better guns for cheaper such as bcm, stag, colt, psa to name a few. I've owned a sr556 and sold it. A big deal breaker is its heavy use of roll pins to hold handguards and other things.
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Originally Posted by JonM View Post
The big skips in the ruger lineup are the... m77.
There are other opinions about the M77. I have two of M77's, a .270 and a 7mm Rem mag. and they are both great hunting rifles and have kept venison in my freezer for the past 20 years without a single malfunction or misfire.
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Every gun manufacturer makes a few really good guns. Ruger makes great revolvers and the 10/22. The rest of Ruger's line up is OK but someone else makes a similar gun that sells for a lot less that does the job better. When purchasing a gun it is best to stick with what a company does best.
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I had an M77 in 270 and it was a great rifle once I free floated the barrel. My 1A, #3 and Red Label were also great guns. My Red Hawk however was another story. The rear sight was incorrectly milled and it took some serious complaining to get it replaced. I dont know about the SR556 but anyone can have a bad gun slip through.
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maybe i have been fortunate or lucky or whatever the case may be, but of the many Rugers i have owned over the years, i have yet to own a bad one.

i enjoy the ones i have currently. and i agree, any company that mass produces any item can have a bad one slip through from time to time. the way it's handled would be more of a determining factor than a faulty item.
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I own three Rugers (not the SR556) but also think you can get better ARs in the price range of the SR556. Colt, BCM and Daniel Defense come to mind but there are many others.

Ruger found itself in a bind when designing an AR, they couldn't compete in the ultra hot under-$900 market since a Ruger AR priced low would cannibalize Mini-14 sales. So they went very high but couldn't compete with the elite ARs. So they economized the design and tried to shoehorn in the middle but again the competition offers more bang for the buck.

I'd keep looking...
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If you want an AR, get one. If you want an MSR made by Ruger, get a Mini-14...

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I had been thinking I needed another 308 rifle. About a month ago I found myself in Cabelas and started looking at AR's. A shooting platform I had never owned or shot. That is like going to the grocery store hungry. They had an SR 762 on the shelf and I fell in love with it and brought it home. I got to shoot it over the weekend and fell more in love with it.Time will tell whether it is a POS or not.
Theres some pretty smart cookies on this forum and they have posted here and hind site being 20/20 I believe they do know what they are talking about. Truth is there are guns that are as good and probably better for less money on the market.
I would never try to give anyone advise on an AR because I am probably the least experienced on this forum. I will say this. If you are able to shell out 1500-2000 dollars( what ever the SR556 cost) and it is what you want then buy it.
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I agree, better AR 15's and AR 10's for the money.
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