Skip to comments.Ruger SR-762 Autoloading Rifle Debute (Piston-driven AR platform for 7.62NATO/.308 Win)
Posted on 10/18/2013 8:15:51 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce the new Ruger SR-762, bringing the .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge to the popular SR-556 family of rifles.
The SR-762 offers the downrange authority of the .308 cartridge in a two-stage, piston-driven rifle that runs cooler and cleaner than traditional gas-driven AR-style rifles.
The SR-762 is an ideal rifle for those who appreciate the familiar and ergonomic AR-style platform. The .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge is perfect for hunting medium and most large-sized game and enhances the capability of the AR-style platform in defensive or tactical roles.
The SR-762 retains the features of the original SR-556 that make it a solid performer among AR-style rifles. The patent-pending, two-stage piston delivers a smooth power stroke to the one-piece bolt carrier, which reduces felt recoil and improves the rifles durability. The four-position gas regulator 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, yet provides outstanding accuracy. With the Ruger Lightweight Adaptable handguard in place, the SR-762 weighs 8.6 pounds and balances comfortably.
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Lovely! I’d love to try it back-to-back with the M&P AR-10...
I’ve got the AR-556 and love it. It’s a machine...a tad heavier than a Colt but all the dirt stays up front with the piston and the bolt carrier group stays purdy as a picture.
Nice. Got an email from Ruger this morning featuring this piece. If it came with 30 rd magazines I’d probably get one but since it only comes with 20’s I guess I’ll have to pass. LOL!
>> The .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge is perfect for hunting medium and most large-sized game
Ha ha! That’s the ticket! It’s an *elk hunting* rifle!
They must’ve thrown that line in there as a trap for the gun grabbers.
Wife just picked up an SR 556 last month. I’m impressed with it.
What good is it if you can’t buy it in Connecticut.
Self-ping for later.
Someone should tell AmmoLand there is only one “e” in debut.
Extra large for your viewing pleasure. Nice milled rail mounts are available to replace the standard dust cover.
Have you shot the wife’s SR-556 yet? What did you think?
The .308 is ~25% bigger diameter case. They cannot fit the same amount of rounds in the same space.
It looks nice.
I hope they come out with a longer barrel in the future. I don’t care at all if it has a piston or direct impingement system. I might even prefer the latter since they tend to be more accurate.
Has the price been set yet?
I’ve seen Mexicans holding FN FALs at the border, Matamoros and San Ysdro.
1. It’s almost as tall as they are; and,
2. They’re serious about their border, even if we—the Dems and Dem-lites—aren’t.
I think 20 rnd mags are pretty standard because of the weight and size of the 7.62 cartridge.
Nice looking stuff.
I would prefer the pistol grip to be canted with the lower end further forward than the top end.
I would prefer a bullpup, for easier use getting in and out of vehicles, or around the house
I would prefer a delayed blowback: no gas tube to blow, no piston to kink. No sudden impacts from things slapping around.
I would prefer a quick change barrel, and would like to be able to change calibers by change of barrel and magazine.
I would prefer to have two magazines, and have the ejection path straight down between them, with a switch that when one magazine emptied would switch feed to the full magazine. That way I could feed from a full magazine while having time to change the empty one.
I have a question for my more gun savvy FR brothers. I started shooting again about 6 months ago when I purchased a Sig Saur 9mm pistol on the advice of several here on FR. (I love it). I practice regularly at the range with a friend who also brings along his Rugar Mini 14 rifle. I really love shooting the Mini 14 and I am considering getting one but I know the AR style is all the rage. What are the advantages of the AR style and is there any compelling reason to choose that over a Mini 14 (I’m not concerned about price differences, I can afford either).
An adjustable gas system means there is a design problem. Why have a gas system that needs to be adjusted. Better to make it strong enough to work, and buffer it as needed when all the power is not necessary.
Check the specs, but I think the Mini-14 (a fine rifle BTW) can only shoot the .223 cartridge and not both the .223 and 5.56 NATO.
Ruger’s AR platform prices are silly, even on their 5.56 versions. For the money they ask, there are better options, and for a few dollars more, much better alternatives. Not saying they don’t make decent firearms, they do, but some of their prices just seem out of whack.
Only the target model is shown as only the .223. Other models list both.
Mini-14 Ranch Rifle
The Sig piston system is also adjustable and I don’t think there is a problem. My Ruger SR 556 adjustable piston helps me shoot a wider range of power re: ammo and still achieve optimum bolt carrier group operation.
$2,195 says the link.
I purchased and mounted three different piston kits on AR 15 rifles: Adams Arms, Osprey Defense, and CMMG. All three performed as advertised, but of the three the Osprey was far and away the most maintenance free in a few thousand rounds. The Adams Arms is the kit I prefer, since I use that rifle to run a CMMG stainless .22 conversion kit and the piston rod comes out easily and the gas can be turned off completely when shooting dirty .22lr ammo, so no debris gets up into the gas cycle. The Osprey is darn near self cleaning, with the simplest and most efficient system of the three, if all you intend to shoot is 556 or 223. I would like to mount a 5.45 x 39 with the Adams Arms and see how it runs, but not writing a review of that so can't afford the equipment.
Thx for that update.
Beautiful piece of machinery.
I suppose you would prefer to have someone carry that fifteen pound beast you’re imagining, too?
Thanks, that price does seem a little out of line. Like someone else, I would much prefer an FAL for that kind of money.
I have not, but she loves it. I’m more of a 7.62X51 guy.
No, my buddy’s Mini 15 shoots both 5.56 and .223 and we always shoot the 5.56 at the range.
The AR pattern rifles enjoy a much larger market of parts and accessories. I like the Mini too, but earlier versions were known for accuracy problems - particularly as the rifle heated up. I think the current version has had most of those problems dealt with, but the AR is so much easier to work on, like a snap-together model. Magazines for the Mini-14 tend to be more expensive (for good ones that work) and in shorter supply. They do not interchange with the AR-15 mags.
If you're only going to buy one, I'd recommend the AR. Have a look at Windham Weaponry; they're the same people who started Bushmaster.
“I think 20 rnd mags are pretty standard because of the weight and size of the 7.62 cartridge.”
Yep, standard on the M-14. Wonder if those mags would fit?
Mini 15 = Mini 14 (typo)
Yep. That’s what I was just told.
Ruger continues to be a great company with excellent products and research. The chart, linked below, is a YTD comparison to GLD, the gold etf:
I wonder how well the 16” barrel stabilizes the 7.62 round. I bought a Springfield SOCOM 16 a few years ago and it sucks. It sucks like it is the worst shooting rifle I own, even compared to a battle beaten, brought back from Vietnam SKS.
.308 won't feed through the AR-15 magazine well - the cartridge is too long. Must've been some other custom chambering.
Thanks for the photo.
How much recoil does this rifle have?
Second question, do you really need the shoulder mount for scatter/shooting at close ranges?
The late Bill Ruger would not have wanted anybody to be able to purchase this rifle made by his own company. He was against “assault weapons” for the average citizen, except for his beloved mini-14. Even tho he is dead, boycott Ruger products.
I had an AR-10 rifle that was built from Portuguese parts on a U.S. semi-auto receiver. For some reason I still do not know, that rifle really beat up the shooter when fired. I eventually sold it to an ANG officer who wanted an AR-10 for his collection.