New Ruger American Rifle Now in Rimfire

  1. chriseger
    Ruger a couple years ago introduced their American rifle series of composite stocked hunting rifles to offer an affordable alternative to their M77 series bolt-action guns. Well it seems that they have now upped the ante and brought out a version of this very gun out in both .22LR and Magnum.

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    The basic concept

    This gun seems to be a dead center line between the rimfire versions of the M77, which are accurate tack drivers that are also at home when hunting for small game, and the semi-automatic 10/22 fun gun. In fact, it borrows the rear sights and the magazine of the 10/22, and feels very M77-ish in its handling. However, this is something altogether different.

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    (The new Ruger bolt-action 22 takes the proven mags of the 10/22 series, including the BX-25)



    Adjustable triggers, stocks, and optics choices as standard

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    One departure from the 10/22 design with the American Rifle rimfire is the fact that the gun comes with a fully adjustable trigger. Dubbed the \'Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger\' it allows the end-user to dial its pull weight anywhere from crisp 3-pounds to a slightly heavier 5-pound mark. This is surely an answer to the \'trigger-within-a trigger\' concept that Remington has brought out on its new Model 783 rifles and Marlin\'s (owned by Remington) XT-22 trigger, both of which have a similar end-result although with a different way to get there.

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    What the American rimfire rifle brings to the table that the XT22 does not is its modular stock concept. Kind of like how polymer framed pistol makers like S&W, Glock, and XD have interchangeable grips on their handguns to increase or decrease palm swell, Ruger has a set of interchangeable stock modules that provide comb height options for scope or iron sight use. Another set can change length of pull longer or shorter.

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    Then to top it off, (pun intended), the new Ruger comes with a nice Williams fiber-optic front sight with flip up rear leaf and 3/8-inch \'tipoff\' grooves for rimfire scope rings. If you want to go bigger, the gun is also drilled and tapped for larger bases.

    Compact version

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    Besides its standard version offered in both .22LR and .22WMR, sporting a 22-inch barrel, 41-inch overall length and 6-pound weight, there are also compact versions.


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    These chopped down variants are very svelte indeed and use 18-inch barrels to bring about a total length of just 35.75-inches-- just shy of a yardstick. With a weight of just 5.38-pounds, these could make good brush guns for squirrel hunters, boat guns, truck guns, or youth guns.

    MSRP on these models are posted at $329 which means you should be able to get one shopping around for probably $275-ish NIB. This price point, it should be noted, is also right between a M77 rimfire and a 10/22. Compared to Marlin\'s XT22 it is still about $75 more, but the Marlin gun does not have all of the adjustable stock options.

    Overall, not a bad offering.

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