Ruger SR762 Review

For today’s video, I’m reviewing Ruger’s new .308 AR-style rifle. Spoiler Alert: It’s awesome.

Losing Isn’t All Bad

I don’t win things very often. Not surprising, since I’m not especially competitive by nature, and therefore I don’t often compete in anything in which there is something to win. And when I do, I am usually content with not being last place. Most recently, the thing I did not win was Ruger’s 10/22 design contest. Ruger asked for design submissions and then they picked 10 of the designs for fans to vote on in an online poll. The winning rifle will be produced by Ruger and offered for sale to the public, and the winner was to receive $5000 in Ruger product and a special tour of the Ruger factory.

My design was one of the lucky 10 finalists, and I was actually in the lead for a large chunk of the time the poll was open. You can see my submission in the above link as “Chris from Tennessee”. Ultimately, however, I lost to Gary from Michigan, who came up with an excellent idea for a 10/22 with aperture sights, an integrated scope rail, and the adjustable stock from the new Ruger American rifle series. Gary’s an instructor for Project Appleseed, and his design will be ideal for anyone interested in attending one of their rifle training clinics. Or just anyone who wants a good .22 LR semi-auto… I like his concept enough that I just might be able to overcome the bitterness of defeat and buy one when they come out. You can read more about Gary’s explanation of the rifle concept on his guest post at The Firearm Blog.

Fortunately for me, all nine of the runners up (or is it runner ups?) in the Ruger contest were given the opportunity to pick any single firearm from the Ruger catalog for free (at least before the IRS takes their share). Sometimes being a loser has its benefits. Ruger had just come out with the SR762 the week before the contest started in October, and while there are plenty of other Ruger firearms I would be happy to own, I knew right away the SR762 would be my choice.

An Easy Decision

I’ve had my eye on an AR-style .308 for a long time. I’ve just never been able to think of any reason that’s compelling enough to actually shell out the cash for one. I’ve owned other .308 semi-autos, but they never seem to perform well enough to do justice to the cartridge they were designed for, and I wasn’t willing to pay the extra cost for the rifles that would. It’s really tough to find a rifle in this category that’s under $2000, runs reliably, is easy to mount optics on, and is capable of accuracy better than 3 or 4 MOA.

But recently, we’ve seen some .308 ARs enter the market that offer an attractive combination of quality, features, and price. There have been “affordable” big caliber rifles available on the AR platform for some time, but the attractive prices come with some sacrifices, most notably in the areas of reliability and quality control. But now Ruger, Sig, and S&W are offering what appear to be very solid options in the $1500-2000 range that don’t come with the same strings attached as the budget rifles.

But What’s It For?

Even with these mid-range AR options available, there was still something holding me back from wanting to make a purchase: what would I do with this rifle? If I want a home-defense carbine for doing rapid fire drills and suitable for running around with at a class or a 3-gun match, I have a standard AR-15 in 5.56×45. And if I want to shoot at longer ranges or hunt medium-size game with a .308, there are plenty of affordable bolt guns on the market with sub-MOA accuracy. Maybe a .308 semi-auto carbine would make sense for the guy who needs to have just one rifle to do it all. But I’m fortunate enough to not be in that position, and I can own multiple firearms, each suited to a specific role. So what role would be filled by a .308 AR?

Well, when you’re faced with the option of owning one for free, I’ve discovered the better question is “who cares?” When Ruger sent the paperwork for me to claim my prize, I didn’t even have to think before scribbling “SR762” on the form. I try not to spend money on guns “just because”, but that doesn’t mean I can’t own one for reasons that basically amount to “it looks cool and seems awesome and cool and I want one so I can be cool.” And now that I have had a chance to shoot it for a while, I can think of plenty of even better reasons to keep it around, most of which are outlined in the video above.

But one thing that wasn’t explicitly mentioned in the video is just how fun this rifle is to shoot. The recoil is enough of a push for you to really feel the power behind the round, but not so much that it leaves you with a sore shoulder. That’s a huge bonus the SR762 has over shooting from the bench with a stiffer-kicking bolt action. And the fact that it’s pretty dang accurate doesn’t hurt either. After seeing some other reviewers achieve consistent sub-MOA groups with handloads in the SR762, I’ve recently dusted off my Lee press to see if I can duplicate their results. Even if I can’t turn it into the tack driver that others have, it’ll still make a great rifle for shooting the Heavy Metal division in 3-Gun. I might not win, but sometimes being a loser is pretty sweet.


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  • Jon Thommarson

    So you’re going to send it to me for a while right?

    I like that platform. And it’s just cooler to shoot .308.

    • LG Chris

      Maybe for your son. I’m not sure you’re man enough to handle it 😉

  • Doug Shartzer

    I love my .308. It’s a SIG 716. But I love it.

  • Anthony Murray

    Love my GAP 10

  • Craig Graber

    i love my s&w m&p 10, so far no misfires or malfunctions, very accurate

  • Thomas Puma

    I would like to try it out

  • Charles Patrick Adkins

    Yes, but can it be modded for automatic fire?

    • LG Chris

      Uh… no?

  • Gary McBain

    Gary from Michigan here. Thank you for the kind words about my 10/22 design. I too picked a SR 762 as a prize and yes it is pretty cool. Great review!

    • Lucky Gunner Ammo

      Congrats Gary and thanks for the kind words about Chris’ review!

    • LG Chris

      Thanks Gary! Hope you enjoy that factory tour :)

    • Gary McBain

      LG Chris Hey Chris, just so you know, I picked out two SR762s. I sold one to pay the taxes on the prizes. Winning free stuff isn’t free. :). I expect to see your design in production at some point as well.

    • LG Chris

      Gary McBain Hah, we’ll see about that, though I wouldn’t be surprised if they do release some form of a wood-stocked takedown 10/22. Getting hit with the taxes was no fun, especially since it’s based on the MSRP.

    • Tyler Husby

      Congrats you guys this is Tyler from Washington. I also chose the sr762. Chris and I had similar designs. They do have a production one available now as a distributer exclusive. Not to be rude but how do your designs shoot? Mine shoots great:) by the way great review.

    • LG Chris

      Tyler Husby good to hear from you! Other than a few details with the stock, our designs look pretty much the same to me. I’m not really sure why Ruger picked both (not that I’m complaining!) My design was purely theoretical, pieced together in Photoshop (as was Gary’s), but I hope it would shoot well :)

  • Fred Jones

    Great article and video….

  • James Gillett

    The Benelli R-1 is half the price and looks exotic to boot.

  • Charlie Walther

    Congrats on the big win ! I Agree, everyone should have a .308 in the safe just in case. And the cool factor is always fun too !

  • David Benavides

    I got one of these in December it would not feed a second round ,tried 4 different ammos sent it back to ruger they said they replaced upper and polished feed rampd but to no avail when I got it back it was exactly the same could not tell difference so it went back to ruger again here it is march 18th and im patiently waiting for my new one they are suppose to send me I hope they have the problem resolved and come through with a reliable functioning weapon . after this occured I read many reviews on the defective nature of this rifle wish I had researched it first

    • LG Chris

      Sorry to hear about the issues, David. Every mass produced firearm will have one or two bad ones come out of the factory, but I’m sure Ruger will eventually take care of it for you. Have you called recently to check the status of your rifle? Usually their CS is pretty quick.

      Most of the other issues I’ve read about with the SR762 have to do with compatibility problems with Magpul PMags that the rifle originally shipped with. At some point, Ruger started shipping them with DPMS mags instead, which is what mine came with. But I’ve also used 10 and 20 round Magpuls w/ no issues, so I’m not sure what to make of that.

    • Jim Ferree

      Dave, I had the same experiences until my dealer swapped out my problem rifle with a new one. The replacement Sr762 has worked great. I hope your frustrations are short lived.

  • John Holler

    It blow me away, at first when it said Ruger Sr 7.62 is for losers I about flipped. I am a Sr 7.62 and paid good hard earned money to buy my machine. I love it so much, it’s part of the family. So I took it personal untill I read the story. Very nice story there. Thanks for making my day, and great job.

  • David Benavides

    Thanks chris not sure if its a mag issue as ruger stated I believe its a machining issue with the upper receiver neither the gen 2 which it was shipped with or gen 3 pmags worked in this weapon if a dpms mag works flawlessly I dont want gun if it must use a proprietary mag or proprietary ammo it should work with almost anything you feed it as does both my ar 15s we’ll see

  • Steve Clark

    Good article. I love the 762. Want one bad!

  • Tyler Bock

    Andrew tuhoy says otherwise of the sr556. Not so sure this is for me.

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    I also had trouble with the mags that came with the gun….Sent it back and they put in a new receiver…When i got the gun back i thoroughly cleaned the gun….works like a dream now…love it ….and very accurate down range…

  • BluesRocker1

    I own stock in Sturm Ruger, it’s up 30% the past month…soooo. 😉
    I shall be buying one imminently. That means very soon for you Arkansas boys (just kidding)!!!