Ruger American Rimfire: .22 LR and .22 Magnum 10/22 Style A Bolt Action Rifle

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Ruger has just announced the Ruger American Rimfire, a bolt-action rimfire rifle that uses the Ruger 10/22 magazine. As much as I love the .22 cartridge, feeding it is a problem in many guns. I generally find a brand of ammunition that feeds well in a particular gun and stick to it. The Ruger 10/22 is the exception, its rotary magazine makes chambering the rimmed .22 LR round easy. Like with the Ruger 10/22, both the .22 Magnum and .22 LR magazines sit flush with the stock. The magazine release is an extended 10/22-style release.

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The 10/22 magazine is not the only notable feature of the Ruger American Rimfire. The gun comes standard with fiber optic front sight and foldable rear 10/22-style leaf sight. The blued barrel has a target crown.

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The rifle comes with a modular synthetic stock system that includes two interchanges pieces allowing you to adjust the comb height. If you are shooting with the iron sights you want a low comb, if using optics you want the high comb. The stock has an integral bedding block system called Power Bedding(tm) to improve accuracy.

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It also features an adjustable Savage-style trigger. A 3/8″ rimfire cope base is machined into the receiver and is drilled and tapped for Weaver #12 bases. The bolt has a 60-degree throw.

The MSRP is $329. The .22 LR and .22 Magnum are both available in a regular or compact model. A regular sized rifle can be converted to the compact, or visa versa, by purchasing a new stock comb for $19.95.

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Here are a couple of videos about the Ruger American Rimfire from GunBlast and NRA Publications …

The press release …

Sturm, Ruger Company, Inc (NYSE: RGR) announces the release of the Ruger American RimfireTM bolt- action rifle. The 100% American-made Ruger American RimfireTM builds on the enormous success of the centerfire Ruger American Rifle®. With many of the standard Ruger American Rifle® features, this new line also combines several design innovations from the popular 10/22® rimfire rifle. This combination, along with the rifle’s adaptability, will appeal to all bolt-action enthusiasts – young or old, novice or experienced. The new line consists of four models – full-sized (22” barrel/13.75” length of pull) and compact (18”/12.5” length of pull) models, both of which are available in either .22 LR or .22 Magnum.

“The new American Rimfire series really ups the ante for performance in rimfire rifles,” remarked Mike Fifer, President and CEO. “With proven technologies and features from the centerfire Ruger American Rifle®, the bolt-action rimfire models are sure to deliver accuracy, durability and value to consumers,” he concluded.

Each model in the line includes two interchangeable stock modules that provide comb height options for scope or iron sight use. Standard models come with long length of pull modules, while compact models come with short length of pull modules. By simply removing the rear sling swivel stud, stock modules can be changed in seconds. All four stock modules are completely interchangeable across all models and are available at ShopRuger.com.

Models chambered in .22 LR feature the detachable, flush-mounted 10/22® BX-1 10-round rotary magazine and accept all 10/22® magazines, including the BX-25® and BX-25®x2. Models chambered in .22 Magnum use the detachable, flush-mounted JMX-1 9-round rotary magazine. The easy-to-use 10/22®- style extended magazine release provides smooth, no-fuss magazine removal. The 60-degree bolt provides ample scope clearance, while an easy-to-use, receiver-mounted bolt release allows the bolt to be readily removed without requiring a pull of the trigger, a unique safety feature among rimfire, bolt-action rifles.

The Ruger American RimfireTM shares many of the features that made the centerfire Ruger American Rifle® popular among hunters and shooters alike. It features a Ruger Marksman AdjustableTM trigger and patent-pending Power Bedding® integral bedding block system that positively locates the receiver and free-floats the barrel, making these rifles true performers at the range and in the field.

Additional features include a satin blued, target-crowned, hammer-forged barrel that results in ultra- precise rifling for exceptional accuracy, longevity and easy cleaning and WilliamsTM fiber optic front sight and 10/22®-style adjustable, “V” slot, folding-leaf rear sight. A 3/8” rimfire scope base is machined into the receiver, and is drilled and tapped for Weaver® #12 bases (not included).

Ruger American RimfireTM rifles feature a durable composite stock with front and rear swivel studs. All models have a suggested retail price of $329.




Steve Johnson

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  • Rich Guy

    If only they made a .223 version… I still might pick up a .22 WMR version once I pay down my SR1911 comannder.

    • gunsandrockets

      Yeah, a compact model in .22 WMR is damned tempting.

      It’s too bad Ruger stopped making the .22 WMR lever action. I wish they would bring it back.

      • derfelcadarn

        I wish 22 mag ammo did not cost more then the rifle

      • spencer60

        I have one of the 22mag levers, and this rifle is great news for me because it means that finding mags won’t be so hard anymore.

        May have to pick up one as a companion rifle though.

  • James

    If only they would work on their DAMN BACKORDERS.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Very impressive, with several nice features not commonly found on other rifles in the same class. The price point is also telling, especially if one considers that actual pricing will probably be a fair bit lower than MSRP.

    Having said that, it still remains to be seen how well the Ruger stacks up to its established rivals, eg., the Marlin XT-22, Savage 93F and CZ452, among others, where it matters — in the basic areas of reliability, durability, out-of-the-box accuracy, balance, ergonomics and user-friendliness, and general fit and feel. In a class as closely-matched as this, advantages ( and disadvantages ) come and go by the slimmest of physical margins.

  • 306_AD

    Smart design on the stock.

  • Mystick

    I really like how it uses 10/22 magazines. I would still like to see a target pistol or even SBR based around the same tech(I’ve seen mods for that)…

    • Zius Patagus

      You mean like a Ruger Challenger pistol that some people convert to an SBR?

  • Alex C.

    Hopefully they release a model with a threaded barrel!

  • Cuban Pete

    Well cross out that CZ512 that I was saving $$ for. This baby just ran up and took a strong lead for the next purchase!!
    Plus I can use the same mags as my 10/22? W.I.N.N.E.R!!!

  • Zius Patagus

    Street price is already about $250 which is decent. I like that it takes 10/22 mags. I think the compact version should have a 16″ bbl not 18″ but that’s just me. I like the idea of the changeable butt plate/comb on the stock.

  • sdelcegno

    If they make a .920 profile barrel with threading i will buy on tomorrow

  • Suburban

    Really? I’ve used 5 round .22LR box magazines for Remington and Browning bolt action rifles, and never had a problem. With 10/22 magazines I have problems with the rotor jamming. If I need a short 10/22 magazine, I use a Butler Creek 10 round stick, because I’m tired of fussing with the rotary mags.

    • gunsandrockets

      True enough a bolt action doesn’t need a 10 round rotary magazine, or benefit from increased reliability as compared to a self-loading rifle.

      But how many bolt action rifles have plentiful and cheap ten round detachable magazines that fit flush with the stock? And does any .22 WMR bolt action rifle (other than Ruger) have a nine round detachable magazine that fits flush with the stock?

  • Angstfountain

    Chamber in .17 Mach 2 and I will buy one.

  • Buckshot

    No threaded barrel? Once again Ruger is asleep at the wheel.

    • elcheecho

      dollars to donuts that’s coming down the line.

      • WFDT

        It’s already done. The compact has a 1/2″x28 threaded barrel.

  • WPlank

    Put out a threaded barrel version, and I will be all over this. Even better if they do like the 22/45 Lite and use a steel liner with a aluminum outer barrel that’s 1″ in diameter to match many .22 suppressors.

  • Cymond

    This is definitely going on the list. I think the 10/22 is the least-terrible rimfire magazine to load. Others are much harder on the thumbs. My ideal model would have a 16.5″ threaded barrel with iron sights. I was actually planning to eventually have a custom 77/22 built, but the American will be much more affordable.

  • Roland Boshnack

    This confused me at first, since Ruger has had a rotary-magazine .22 bolt-action for decades (the excellent 77/22). I didn’t realize they’d come up with some cute name for their new line.

  • Chris

    Rugers are absolute crap. Drive to the range with your ruger & your new ford. Show the world you’re a high school grad.

    • jkc

      Did you wake up and find your Teddy Bear had wet your bed?

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      You may possibly be the only one on the planet with that opinion:-) Seriously they have always made quality guns.

      • davidnrobyn

        I agree. Ruger’s made great contributions to firearms since their founding.

  • Chris

    So true anyone that buys a ruger to save 150.00 is not putting enough hours in @ Burger King . Total fucken white trash ford thunderbird owners. Try to understand ruger makes shit even the chinese wouldn’t produce. I have an idea lets have a spelling contest. Go fuck your fat white trash girlfriend. Now you fit in with the ruger crowd. Even Bill Ruger was quoted as saying ” I designed this garbage to make money off of low IQ white trash.”

    • gunslinger

      Seriously tell us how you really feel.

    • T-money likes Ruger

      Hey Ruger and Ford haters Ruger is the best gun value out there. I shot rugers and collect Colts because my net worth I’m sure is 10 fold over yours. I just have a high school education but I know how to make money and as far as white, green, purple or black trash you fit in some where with comments like that. So, grow up and leave comments like yours in your local redneck bar where your waiting for happy hour so you can get your dollar beer.

    • http://www.thefirearmblog.com/ Phil W “Senior Writer TFB”

      Chris I have deleted your comment. It almost seems like you’re trolling. Make relevant comments and have some respect for fellow readers. Another comment like this and a ban is likely to be my decision.

  • Fixxer

    Since I like my vintage Savage single-shot bolt-action .22, and my son’s 10/22 this may be the best of both worlds. The stock is butt ugly though and I’d probably change it to something more traditional like maybe walnut with checkering? Would be awesome with a peep sight like Tech-Sights or Lyman. Appleseed anyone?

  • Cian

    Can the American Rimfire accept 10 22 stocks?

  • Joel Moss

    zephyr taste like chiken

  • Jorge Eduardo Jorge Eduardo Ba

    I am a foreigner, so, please excuse my ignorance, what some of you guys mean by a come up with a “Threaded Barrell”???!

    • Tickie

      The business end is threaded to accept a suppressor.

  • Jorge Eduardo Jorge Eduardo Ba

    Love Ruger 10/22, but don’t think is the most accurate rifle around!

  • gaosmer

    I have recently read that the magazine only looks like the 10/22 magazine so the body of the rifle could be slimmer. That makes this rifle a non-starter since at least ten 10/22 and 77/22 going back to the late 1960’s.

  • john

    Want size allen wrench does it take to remove screw plugs from receiver.Can’t seem to find one small enough.22 mag. american

  • JohnnyCuredents

    Is it even possible to envision this bolt action rifle with some kind of change that would make it possible to quickly make it capable of firing both the .22 LR and .22 mag?

  • Ty Mckenzie

    Can this gun chambered in 22mag shoot 22lr from it as well? Some guns can and others can’t

  • WFDT

    Thanks for the review. I had looked at the 10-22 to train my son on, but didn’t want a hot round under his finger at all times (semiauto). This is a perfect setup for him. Plus, I can mount my Sparrow suppressor on it.

  • Chuck

    It.is up for debate as to the 10/22 magazines. Ruger says it does and MANY of us that actually bought the American .22lr beg to differ. Many if not.most will NOT feed the last round properly. I have own a bunch of Rugers in my life and have recommended them.
    This magazine is not right. I have other magazines. The other 10/22 mags work. The one you buy with the rifle are poor at best. This is all over the internet. Contacting Ruger about this. No success so far! They have to know this!! You decide.for yourself.
    Check it out Google American .22lr magazine issues.