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Marksman Trigger is the best that Ruger has ever put
into a rimfire rifle.
Modular stock allows for adjustment of comb height and
It has been almost two years since I first
saw Rugerís centerfire American
rifle. The American was an all-new rifle for Ruger,
differing greatly from the design of their 77 Hawkeye rifles,
but allowing Ruger to sell a one hundred percent American-made
rifle at a very competitive price. The American centerfire has
been a huge success for Ruger, and they have now followed suit
with a rimfire version of the American that is chambered for the
22 Long Rifle, 22 Magnum, and to come later, the 17 HMR
Rimfire American is built in either a full-sized or a compact
version, and it has some unique features that make it a very
versatile and accurate bolt-action rifle.
The American Rimfire uses a tubular receiver,
as does the centerfire version. The Rimfire also uses the
excellent Power Bedding integral bedding block system that
assures a solid attachment of the stock to the barreled action,
and free-floats the hammer-forged barrel in the synthetic stock.
The full-sized rifle wears a twenty-two inch barrel, while the
compact version has an eighteen inch barrel. Both versions have
a folding adjustable rear sight, along with a fiber-optic front
sight. Another great feature is that the 22 LR rifles use the
time-tested Ruger 10/22 magazines. The ten-shot magazine fits
flush with the bottom of the stock for easy carrying. The magnum
rifles use the nine-shot rotary magazine from the Ruger 77/22M
and the discontinued Ruger 10/22 Magnum. The Ruger American
Rimfire rifles also have the excellent Marksman Adjustable
Trigger, which is easily adjusted within a range of from
approximately three to five pounds resistance, and it has a very
crisp release. The black synthetic stock wears a set of sling
studs, as should any hunting rifle, and the rear sling stud is
utilized to attach the two included stock modules. The steel
receiver and barrel wear a nice blue/black finish that is a
semi-gloss or satin finish; not brightly-polished, but not a
dull matte finish either.
Ruger has four different stock modules. With
the full-sized rifle, the two longer ones are supplied, and the
compact version gets the two shorter modules. The modular stock
allows the shooter to use the low comb for comfortable shooting
with open sights. The module can be switched out quickly to
install the higher comb for use with a scope or other optical
sight. The high comb is a welcome feature for those who use
scopes, as it places the shooterís eye in line with the scope,
while still allowing for a good cheek weld on the stock. The
modules for the compact rifle are like those of the full-sized,
but have a shorter 12.5 inch length-of-pull. The length-of-pull
on the full-sized is 13.75 inches. Any of the stock modules will
work on either the full-sized or the compact stock. Extra
modules will be available at www.shopruger.com.
I first got to handle one of these American
Rimfire rifles in November of 2012, but did not get to shoot one
until a couple of weeks ago while at the Hunter
Prep course at Gunsite in Arizona. There, I did not get to
put it on paper, but did get to fire successfully at steel
targets out to two hundred yards, and the rifle performed
wonderfully. As this is being written, I have only had the
American Rimfire shown here for a few days, but it has performed
very well, feeding smoothly from the supplied ten-shot magazine,
as well as from a twenty-five shot Ruger
BX-25 magazine. I like this full-sized American Rimfire. It
feels like a real, full-sized rifle in the hands, yet still
weighs just under six pounds on my scale. The rifle has a
grooved receiver to accept tip-off rings, but is also drilled
for Weaver # 12 bases, which I attached. I prefer a standard
scope base to the grooved type, and am glad that the American
offers both options. For most of my shooting, I mounted a Leupold
Compact VX-II 2 to 7 power scope in Leupold
Rifleman lightweight rings. This is a dandy scope, weighs
very little, and looks great on this Ruger American Rimfire
rifle. The high-comb module places my eye right in line with the
scope, which is very conducive to accurate shooting. The power
range is just right for a 22 rifle, allowing easy viewing for
close-in shots, and plenty of power for the longer ranges,
within the capabilities of the cartridge.
tested the Ruger American Rimfire rifle with several brands of
22 Long Rifle ammunition for velocity and function. The results
with each brand and type of ammunition are listed in the chart
below. HP is a lead hollowpoint bullet. Solid is a lead
roundnose bullet. Velocity readings were taken at an elevation
of 541 feet above sea level, with an air temperature of
eighty-five degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity in the fifty-two
percent range. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second (FPS),
and were recorded ten feet from the muzzle of the rifle. Bullet
weights are listed in grains. Accuracy was tested shooting
five-shot groups at fifty yards, with the rifle rested in a Target
Shooting, Inc. Model 1000 rifle rest. A Leupold
8.5 to 25 power Mark 4 scope was used for accuracy testing.
Yellow Jacket HP
The American Rimfire proved to be a very
accurate rifle, with several types of ammunition averaging less
than one inch for five shots at fifty yards. The superb trigger
contributes greatly to the rifleís practical accuracy. Even
the cheap Federal bulk ammo from Wal-Mart turned in a stellar
performance from the Ruger rifle. Every type of ammunition fed,
fired, and ejected perfectly, with the exception of Remington
Yellow Jacket. It occasionally hung up on feeding, due to its
unusual truncated cone bullet shape. Everything else ran
perfectly. The rifle is very easy to use. The bolt lift is a low
seventy degrees, leaving plenty of room between the bolt handle
and the scopeís ocular bell. The tang safety is perfectly
placed, and pushes forward to fire. The bolt can be cycled with
the safety in either position. The magazine release works very
well, easily dropping the mag into the hand for a quick reload.
The Ruger American Rimfire rifles chambered
for the 22 LR and 22 Magnum are shipping, and are at
distributorís warehouses and on dealerís shelves right now.
The suggested retail price on the Ruger American Rimfire, in
either the full-sized or compact, Long Rifle or Magnum versions,
as this is written is only $329 US.
Check out the extensive line of Ruger
firearms online at www.ruger.com.
For Ruger magazines and accessories, go to www.shopruger.com.
For the location of a Ruger dealer near you,
click on the DEALER FINDER at www.lipseys.com.
order the Ruger American Rimfire rifle online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.
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American Rimfire uses Ruger rotary magazines.
Ruger Power Bedding System.
Excellent set of adjustable folding rear sight with
fiber-optic front sight.
Receiver is grooved for tip-off scope rings, and also
drilled for Weaver #12 bases.
Leupold VX-II 2 to 7 power Compact scope.
Five-shot 50-yard groups represent the most accurate