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Ruger American No. 6904 243 Winchester, $449

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Ruger American No. 6904 243 Winchester, $449

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The smooth-working full-diameter three-lug bolt felt sturdy, helped by an oversized handle. Dual cocking cams were accessible for lubrication beneath the cover.
The Ruger Marksman trigger was adjustable by turning an Allen screw located at the front of the trigger housing. Adjustment was foolproof. Even if the screw falls out, the 3-pound-minimum pull weight can not be overridden. Note the tang thumb safety. This allows the operator to maintain a shooting grip whether he is left handed or right handed.
Power Bedding is an integral bedding-block system that positively locates the receiver and free-floats the barrel. Resetting the action inside the stock felt solid, giving us confidence in our ability to maintain this rifle.
The muzzle on both the Mossberg 4X4 and the Ruger American rifles featured recessed crowns. The Mossberg crown, right, was deeper and was slightly wider than the Ruger.

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