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Ruger Frontier Model 17951 .338 Federal

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The Ruger Frontier cost $150 more than the Hawkeye, but we liked its handiness and accuracy. But we didn't like the excess weight, the loss of velocity, increased blast from the short barrel, and the poor recoil pad.

Ruger Frontier Model 17951 .338 Federal

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The action Shown, is entirely open for super-easy loading and unloading. The carrying hand wraps around the rifle at the balance point, which gives great comfort.
Workmanship was typical Ruger, i.e., excellent in all respects. But we wanted it a lot lighter. Ruger did provide proper rings for the mount, and you can also mount a normal scope onto the action if desired.
Pictured with the Ruger Frontier is a Steyr Scout rifle, Jeff Cooper version. While there are similarities, the Ruger has only the advantages of the forward-mounted scope, such as allowing the gun to be fired quickly with both eyes open and the scope never hitting your eyebrow. Missing are the integral bipod, three-point sling, iron sights, second magazine holder, various compartments, and several other Steyr features.

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