Ruger recently 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 with a bit more traditional stock.
The basic concept
The American Rimfire is 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
The thing is, there is just something appealing in a wooden stocked rifle.
Now you can have your cake and eat it too.
Enter the walnut American Rimfire
Debuted this week in response to customer requests, this new model brings an exciting variation to an already popular rifle line. The stock is made from a hardwood blank in Newport, New Hampshire and mated to the popular .22 LR bolt-action at their Mayodan, North Carolina plant, resulting in a rifle with classic good looks and modern performance.
Ruger engineers designed this wood stock to host the same patent-pending Power Bedding integral bedding block system and free floated barrel that have made the Ruger American Rimfire rifle family outstandingly accurate.
The stock is tricked out with your standard front and rear sling swivel studs, a metal trigger guard, checkering on the grip and forend, and a rubber buttpad to make for a comfortable 13.75" length of pull.
MSRP on these models is about $120 more than the standard composite stocked models and is posted at $449 which means you should be able to get one shopping around for probably $375-ish NIB. This price point, it should be noted, is also right between a M77 rimfire and a 10/22.
Overall, not a bad offering.