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The Ruger SR-762: A Piston-Driven .308 AR-Style Rifle

The new Ruger SR-762.
The new Ruger SR-762.

The Ruger SR-762: A Quick Look at the Features:

Gun Digest has learned that Ruger has just released the details on its new Ruger SR-762, bringing the .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge to its SR-556 family of rifles. The SR-762 offers the downrange authority of the .308 cartridge in a two-stage, piston-driven rifle. Ruger says it runs cooler and cleaner than traditional gas-driven AR-style guns, a trend other AR makers have brought to the market as of late.

The SR-762 features the familiar and ergonomic AR-style platform. The .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge is well-known to our readers as an ideal hunting cartridge for medium- and large-sized game — as well as enhancing the capability of the AR-style platform in defensive or tactical roles.

Shooters will find lots to like about this rifle. For instance, it retains the features of Ruger's very popular SR-556 (5.56mm, .223) that will make it a solid performer among AR-style rifles. The SR-762's two-stage piston reportedly delivers a smooth power stroke to the one-piece bolt carrier, a feature known to reduce felt recoil and improve the rifle’s durability, according to Ruger.

Also interesting is its four-position gas regulator: It allows the shooter to tune the rifle to function reliably with a broad variety of ammunition and in varying environmental conditions.

A heavy contour, 16.12” chrome-lined, cold hammer forged barrel with a 1:10” twist features exterior fluting to minimize weight while promoting accuracy. Ruger supplies the rifle with its Lightweight Adaptable Handguard, bringing the SR-762 weight to just around 8.6 pounds.

Three 20-round Magpul PMAG magazines are provided with the gun. Folding backup iron sights, a Hogue Monogrip, Picatinny rail sections and rail covers add considerable value to the package for shooters wanting a ready-to-rock gun right our of the box. The six-position stock, sight adjustment tool, and a soft-sided carry case are icing on the cake.

The Ruger SR-762 has a suggested retail price of $2,195.

Ruger SR-762 Specs

Stock: Black Synthetic, Collapsible
Finish: Manganese Phosphate/Hardcoat Anodized
Sights: Folding Iron Sights Height: 8.00″
Barrel Length: 16.12″ Overall Length: 34.75″ – 38.00″
Width: 2.50″ Weight: 8.60 lbs.
Twist: 1:10″ RH Grooves: 6
Length of Pull: 11.50″ – 14.75″ Capacity: 20
Suggested Retail: $2195.00

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