Tested under harsh conditions on a hunt in West Texas, which included a daylong dust storm, the Ruger American Go Wild rifle functioned flawlessly. The author tagged this big-bodied 3X3 desert mule deer in West Texas with the Ruger American Go Wild rifle following a dramatic, thousand-yard stalk.

It’s been quite a while since I tested any rifle—much less one priced so affordably at just $629—that shot with such stunningly consistent accuracy. Sorry, Ruger, but this one’s not coming back to you.

See it at your firearms retailer, or for more information, contact Ruger Firearms; Tel.: 336-949-5200; Web: www.ruger.com

Ruger American Go Wild rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

Load Avg. Velocity (feet per second Avg. Group 100 yards Best Group 100 yards
Barnes Vor-TX 120 gr. TTSX BT 2,777 1.0 0.81
Black Hills Black Gold 143 gr. ELD-X 2,495 0.67 0.24
Federal Fusion 140 gr. SP 2,597 0.78 0.54
Federal Non Typical Whitetail 140 gr.  SP 2,634 0.77 0.39
Hornady Precision Hunter 143 gr. ELD-X 2,515 0.91 0.56


Note: Velocity was an average of 3 shots, measured with a Competitive Edge Dynamics M2 chronograph. Accuracy is taken from three 3-shot groups at 100 yards in wind varying 10-14 mph.

In addition to the new Bushnell Forge scope the author used for testing the rifle at the range, he used a pair of Forge 10X42 binoculars on the hunt, and came away impressed with both.


Ruger American Go Wild Rifle 6.5 Creedmoor

  • Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor as tested
  • Action: Push-feed bolt action
  • Magazine: AI style detachable
  • Capacity: 3+1
  • Barrel: 22 in.
  • Finish: Bronze Cerakote
  • Rate of twist: 1:8 RH
  • Stock: Synthetic Go Wild Camo
  • Trigger: Marksman adjustable
  • Weight: 6.6 lb.
  • Length: 42 in.
  • MSRP: $629