If you had a choice between a new Ruger American Predator .308 (blued/synthetic) or a used Ruger M77 Mark II (blued/ wood) .308, which would you choose and why?
Can get Ruger American Predator from factory that take AICS/AR mags.I'm biased towards wood and steel guns, so I'd say the M77. That being said, another thing the M77 has going for it is collector value/resale/trade. Rifles from the era it was built are often in demand by those seeking a more quality firearm over modern options. I've got nothing against the American series personally and in the times I've used them they have been good guns. So I will say if the goal is to be a hunting gun that will be seeing lots of use, the more modern American might just be the better gun. Plus, they usually have magazine conversions to things like AICS pattern magazines and sometimes even AR style mags.
I know you can get the AICS mags on the American Predator "Go Wild" camo models. AR mags I'm not 100% sure of others short of the Ranch models in things like .223/5.56, .300 Blackout, and .350 Legend. Though I'm sure other options exist as they did for my "Go Wild" .450 Bushmaster.Can get Ruger American Predator from factory that take AICS/AR mags.