I had heard a couple of negative comments about this particular rifle. I also was contemplating the Savage Axis model. So I wrote to Ruger about these negative comments I had heard, and when I received their reply, I was convinced to try the Ruger American. I am glad I did. I went to the range and shot Winchester .308 150 grain Super X and zeroed my 3-9 X 40mm Scope in 9 shots. I also shot a grouping of less than two inches at 100 yards. Not quite as good as the previous review, but then I am 70, wear Bi-Focals, and he was a younger guy. I like the way the bolt clears my scope, feels solid when injecting a shell, and I received a free Cheek Pad from Ruger when I registered my rifle. The cheek pad definitely adds to the gun, but not a necessity. I also have a Pacemaker embedded in my right shoulder and the recoil presents no problem for that, especially with the recoil pad that comes on the rifle. If you are looking for a good, well made rifle and are trying to stay in budget, I do recommend this rifle.
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