New Rimfire Rifles from Ruger
Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced a trio of new bolt-action rifles in a line called the American Rimfire Target. As the name suggests, these guns are designed for rimfire cartridges and are available in the three most popular calibers: .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR.
These guns are built from the ground up for accuracy at both the range and in the field. The 18” bull barrels are cold hammer forged and threaded (1/2”-28 pattern) for the addition of a sound suppressor. From the factory, the rifles ship with a thread protecting cap. The company’s Power Bedding system ensures the barrel is free floating for maximum accuracy.
Standard on the new American Rimfire Target rifle is the relatively new Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger. This trigger system allows you to adjust the pull weight for your preferred break. The pull weight is adjustable from 3 to 5 pounds.
On top, these rifles have a Picatinny rail for mounting a scope or other optic. You will need to install some kind of glass as these guns do not come with any sights.
Ruger elected to go with a black laminate stock that has sling swivels and an Alexander Henry forend. A rubber butt pad at the back of the stock absorbs what little recoil these rimfire rounds make. The barrel and receiver have a satin blued finish, which in my opinion, looks great with these stocks.
The .22 LR rifle uses standard 10/22 magazines and comes with a BX-1 10 round magazine standard. The .22 Magnum and .17 HMR rifles both ship with JMX-1 9 round magazines. All of the guns use the same style magazine release as what is found on the 10/22 rifle. Unloaded, the .22 caliber guns weigh 6.7 pounds while the .17 HMR is an additional tenth of a pound.
These rifles will carry a suggested retail price of $499 regardless of caliber. Ruger is already shipping these to dealers, so you should be able to find them in your local gun shop soon.
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