I had one of my students bring out the Ruger American in 208 to the ranch the other day. He bought it and thought it would be a fun little gun to play with . First round was hard to close and after firing would not open. I had to use a cleaning rod to bump open from the inside. Rounds 2 and 3 were the same way. We removed the bolt and found it had broken after the 3rd shot. The bolt is very rough and there is a small black metal piece that somehow came off exposing a spring. HE took it back and traded the broken rifle for a Remington 700. The bolt design on the Ruger was very disappointing compared to the Remington.
I have seen other that said they really like the gun to just leave in the truck and not worry about it getting torn up.
Thanks - Capt. Craig