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Back from the range this morning. Ruger American Ranch 5.56 with Trijicon RMR. Wanted to see how well the rifle shoots before spending on an optic.

Early morning, 8 - 9 am, 24 degrees. Rifle was in the cold for an hour before shooting. Ammo was in the cold for an hour before shooting. Shooter was cold. Winchester Green Tip 5.56 was used.

During the latter shots at 50 yards and at 100 yards the sun was directly behind me. Significant glare on the target and the Trijicon RMR was washed out. Still with nearly 60 year old eyes this was the result, no magnification.

100 Yards...the only shots taken at that distance. String measures a hair over 2 inches.
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50 Yards...glare was at the worst.
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The sight was significantly off paper to the left. About 20 - 24 inches. Took some time to figure it out at 25 yards. Once I did these were the strings and groups...
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So again, no magnification.

After this decided to try and find a Trijicon ACOG perhaps with a green triangle. Like the sight picture and with a little magnification those 50 and 100 yard groups will shrink down.
 

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...about the rifle...

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Great rifle, more capable than I am. One failure to chamber on a first round in mag. Sure the fault was mine, failure to fully seat. Everything else was perfect.

Recoil is more than the AR which is to be expected. The Linear Compensator didn't help with noise but the recoil impulse is straight back, no muzzle rise at all.
 

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ctr M855 is typical not that accurate as yardage increases , might be the basic 55gr M193 groups better , at least reduces the fliers at longer range . Darn good shooting still .
Conditions could be worse like with a low sun directly down range . What target !!

You might find a LPVO with ether a first or second focal plan reticle if you have a preference over an ACOG .
 

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Ordered a Trijicon TA44 at deep discount. The TR24 is tempting but for the weight. The rifle is light and handy right now. Don't want to weigh it down too much.

The other alternative is just leave the Trijicon RMR Dual sight on the rifle. Light weight, rugged and durable. Like it so much might put one on the Ruger American Rimfire. Might finally retire the peep sights.

Shots are mostly 25 - 75 yards where I live. A few at 100 and likely 150 yards max. Lots of woods and fields with rolling hills and small clearings on heavily wooded mountains.

Will see if I can get the needed eye relieve with the TA44.
 

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Good luck .
When I was old enough I bought a 308 bolt rifle when I turned 18 . IT still has the same old bushnell 2.5-10x40mm scope on it and this was back in back in ''73 . Hunting was mainly in a heavily wood swamp know as the Fakahatchee Strand and I get got tried of watch deer on the old logging trams walk away or across the tramp at 150 yards or longer even though many might be killed at 25 feet ! I found I could easy up on the tram sit and take a well controlled long shot on a deer and watch it thru branches in the swamp while I looked for signs of age and sex . A shot might be between branches at 50 yards at times . Thats why I still run a 2.5-10 x42 nikon on my AR .

Buy your self a Boonie Packers Safari Sling . A little extra weight your concerned about will go away when you can carry your rifle at the ready across your chest or in thick cover with one hand/ arm controlling it along your side amd just lift to shoulder and fire . NO over the shoulder carry and no need to hold on to the weight of rifles all the time .

Good luck with that acog
 
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