[4 of 5 Stars!]I purchased this rifle from Buds two years ago for my son and in that time have done some load development and watched my son take two deer with it. Starting with the obvious this is not a very pretty gun but it does have some utilitarian appeal. The barrel is fairly heavy but balances well and tracks. 20\" is perfect for this setup. Still scoped and with a sling this combo is heavier than an M1 garand. Nevertheless my then 12 now 13 year old son has never complained and he is not a big kid. The stock is what you would expect for the price but the recoil pad really does soak up recoil well. The barrel channel is cut generously and you could slide several sheets of paper between the barrel and stock. It flexes enough to touch the barrel so that is something to consider. It is also accurate, this rifle likes 165 grain Nosler Accubonds and will fire 5 into 0.7\" at 100 yards ahead of a load of 46 grains of varget. The rifle will shoot 168 gr. Hornady HPBT the same. The magazine allows for longer bullet seating as well and from a handloaders perspective that is appreciated. Of note as well, on a whim I tried some 180 grain Sierra Game Kings I had left over loaded with 45 grains Varget once again. I averaged 2663 fps and under an inch accuracy! The load was not as good as the Accubonds so I stuck with the Noslers as the do all bullet, but it would appear to me the rifles 20\" barrel gives nothing up for velocity. I cannot explain it but this was not hot ammo and there were no pressure signs. Do your own load development of course. The iron sights are a great addition that I appreciate. The rifle has seen over 100 silenced rounds through it utilizing a friends silencer and it does well as it does not seem to change the point of impact. No trouble with threads. Its just a solid, kind of unique 308 that will work well forever. It will never look great but that\'s not the intent. For the price and something just a little different this is really tough to beat.
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[4 of 5 Stars!]great rifle from right out of the box. Looks and feels great, though is a little front heavy, not enough to really complain about. The rifle feels great to shoot and using irons makes for quick shooting. The trigger feels great too. The weakest part of the rifle is the stock, the stock feels more solid than the Ruger American though.Show More Reviews...