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Ruger American in .308. Customer said his last shot of last deer season locked it up. No known reason. I poured penetrating oil down the Barrel and let it sit for a week before attempting to extract the fired case. A few taps on the Bolt Handle from a dead blow hammer and it popped out. Face of the Bolt was dirty, but no damage to Extractor or Ejector. The exterior of the brass was rough and pitted. No noticeable damage to the Primer or case mouth. Bore was dirty, so it all went into the sonic cleaner for a quick scrub. Then looked at the Bore & Chamber with the Borescope (any excuse to use my new Hawkeye Bore Scope). Chamber rusty & rough, bore looked good. Honed out the Chamber with a 400 grit FLEX-HONE, then finished it with an 800 grit. Back into the sonic cleaner, function check and test fired.

Vance Moore

Whynot Gunsmith Shop

Meridian, Mississippi

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I have that same gun in a .300 BLK and it had a rough cycle and bolt opening and closing until it had been shot 70-80 times. Now it is pretty smooth and works good. I dont think they spend any time on them at the factory trying to get the action smooth.
 

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I too have a Ruger American Rifle in .308 I purchased in April 2013, sorry to say I haven't been anywhere to shot it. I have seen really good reviews of this rifle. I have a Leatherwood scope and folding bipod installed on it too.


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Let's go shoot some, we dont want to wound anything.
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Look at the primer how it is dented in further than normal. Wonder if this was a reload. I have owned a 7mm-08 Ruger American for about 7-8 years. No problems. I wonder if owner had never cleaned the chamber area. A lot of problems can be attributed to lack of proper cleaning and cheap ammo. Occasionally you will get a machine burr in chamber from production.
 

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Let's go shoot some, we dont want to wound anything.
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Yes and they are more accurate out of the box than some more expensive rifles. But as you say there can be flaws with anything robot or man made.
 
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