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Ruger American Rimfire Review

by G&A Staff   |  February 5th, 2014 13

The 10/22, one of William B. Ruger’s most successful firearms designs, is 50 years old in 2014. Coincidentally, Ruger is launching another soon-to-be-classic on this occassion. Meet the Ruger American Rimfire, a .22-caliber line extension from the overwhelmingly successful Ruger American centerfire rifle.

Like its centerfire counterpart, it’s a synthetic-stocked bolt-action stainless rifle with an MSRP of $329. Early indications are that street price could be in the $280 to $290 range. That’s an entry-level price for many .22s on the market, but this is much more than your typical economy-grade gun. And the good news keeps coming: It is also available in .22 Magnum.

Features include a Marksman trigger adjustable from three to five pounds; a hammer-forged, free-floated stainless steel barrel; a Power-Bedding integral bedding block system; and a synthetic stock with two interchangeable insert modules to provide a low- or high-comb height option for using iron sights or a scope. It also sports scope-ring dovetail grooves machined into the drilled-and-tapped receiver.

The interchangeable insert modular stock-system options can be changed out in seconds by simply removing the rear sling swivel stud. Comb height and long length-of-pull (13¾ inches) options are available for the 22-inch Standard model, and a short length of pull for the Compact version is 12½ inches. All four stock modules are available for $20 at

The Marksman trigger, which was adjusted down to 3½ pounds before checking accuracy with the .22LR model, locks and blocks the sear, compared with other designs that block the trigger bar. This system apparently contributes to the crisp, clean-finishing trigger pull. And a conveniently placed tang safety offers familiarity with other sporting rifles.

The push-lever bolt release located on the left side of the receiver allows one to remove the bolt without pulling the trigger, which is a smart safety feature.

Its Power Bedding integral bedding system has only one bedding block, unlike the centerfire Ruger American, which has two. Two are unnecessary with a rimfire-chambered rifle.

The bore of the free-floating barrel is crowned to protect accuracy, and for those who mount a scope to extract the most from its potential, the receiver is drilled and tapped. Weaver No. 12 rings will work and are available separately. With a scope mounted, users may appreciate that this rimfire has a short, 60-degree bolt throw to help with bolt-scope clearance.

The one-piece molded polymer stock has palmswells, and the forend has a molded, no-slip grip for complete control when transitioning between multiple targets.

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