Ruger Adds Hardwood Stock to Options on American Rimfire Rifle

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Now this is a move I’ll admit I did not see coming, but am very much a fan of. Ruger has released a hardwood stock variant of their 10/22 and American Rifle hybrid American Rimfire. The new version comes complete with all the normal American Rifle goodies including adjustable trigger, free-floated barrel, etc.

Now, the checkering is not to my taste, but the small added cost (retail for $449) adds significant value in my mind, as I still like my hunting rifles to be a solid wood stock. This falls Aurelius into competition with my Henry rifle for squirrel hunting.

The new variant is available now (I checked with distribution, its already in-stock for your local gun shop to order).
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Full Specifications Below:

Stock: Wood Capacity: 10
Material: Alloy Steel Finish: Satin Blued
Barrel Length: 22″ Overall Length: 41″
Front Sight: Fiber Optic Rear Sight: Adjustable
Weight: 6.1 lbs. Length of Pull: 13.75″
Twist: 1:16″ RH Grooves: 6
Suggested Retail: $449.00

Features:

  • Attractive wood stock features front and rear sling swivel studs, checkering on the grip and forend, and a rubber buttpad to make for a comfortable length of pull.
  • Features the detachable, flush-mounted 10/22® BX-1 10-round rotary magazine. Accepts all 10/22® magazines, including the BX-25® and BX-25®x2.
  • Easy-to-use 10/22®-style extended magazine release provides smooth, no-fuss magazine removal.
  • Patent-pending Power Bedding® integral bedding block system positively locates the receiver and free-floats the barrel for outstanding accuracy.
  • Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger offers a crisp release with a pull weight that is user adjustable between 3 and 5 pounds.
  • Features a visible, accessible and easy-to-actuate tang safety.
  • Satin blued, target-crowned, hammer-forged barrel results in ultra-precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy, longevity and easy cleaning.
  • A 3/8″ rimfire scope base is machined into the receiver, which is also drilled and tapped for Weaver® #12 bases (not included).
  • A 60˚ 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.
  • Also Includes: Williams™ fiber optic front sight and 10/22®-style adjustable, “V” slot, folding-leaf rear sight; sling swivel studs.


Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • M.M.D.C.

    I’m sorry but I am a terrible snob when it comes to wood and wood finishes. If this is another birch stock stained to look vaguely like walnut then I’ll pass.

    I would rather have a more honest laminate stock or just save money and weight with polymer.

  • hikerguy

    No American Rimfire in southpaw configuration…..They do not want my money.

    • Not_a_Federal_Agent

      As somebody who is also left handed…

      Just get over it

      • Brian Fulmer

        Ehhh, I picked up a lefty American in 308 for my older boy this summer. He is a trooper and made a Remington 788 work for him last year, but seeing him banging gongs offhand with the Ruger confirmed to me that it’s better to have a “native” platform to do business on. I had his younger brother crank a few rounds through it so he wouldn’t be bent about his brother getting a new rifle – to his credit, he was shocked at how awkward it was. Kids are adaptable, but sometimes they shouldn’t have to be.

      • hikerguy

        I have always liked the idea of having a left handed bolt .22. They are rarely made, and probably not that big of a market to justify manufacture. I believe that Browning and maybe another European maker made one. Get over it? Naw. I can dream. In the meantime I’ll just shoot my automatics and catch the occasional burn powder to my nose. 🙂

      • ghost

        Sounds like he has gotten over it, he’ll take his money elsewhere. Get over it. (Sometimes out of the blue arrogance just pisses me off).

  • Don Ward

    It is a sad and pathetic state of today’s firearm hobby with consumers and writers that offering a wooden stock for a hunting rifle would be considered a surprise and not a standard option.

    • Bear The Grizzly

      That’s just silly. It’s all personal preference. If consumers didn’t prefer polymer to wood manufacturers wouldn’t be cranking them out at their current rate.

      • My thoughts exactly.

      • Southpaw89

        Not all consumers prefer polymer, there have to be enough who are willing to pay the extra cost for wood to for manufacturers to even offer them. I personally am one of those consumers, with the only thing trumping a wood stock on a firearm of equal quality is a left handed or ambi action. I’m glad to see Ruger offering a wood stock on this rifle, if I were in the market I would certainly consider one, especially if they offered a lefty version.

      • Don Ward

        Yeah. That’s not how the free market works.

    • Jack Burton

      The fact that the American line was designed from the ground up as a budget rifle is the only thing that makes this noteworthy…and somewhat puzzling. I’m a Ruger fan, but if I want an affordable bolt action rimfire with nice wood I’ll be looking to CZ.

  • William Johnson

    If they offer the stock only. I will upgrade my daughters rifle.

    • MR

      Check out Boyd’s. They’ll probably have one pretty soon, if they don’t already.

  • Blake

    If I was going to get a bolt-action rimfire (which I’m not, as I’m keen on leverguns), it would be a CZ 455:

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    Less pricey than the Ruger (& probably better made), more accurate, & walnut stock…

  • ghost

    A wood stock? What will they think of next? You do realize this “whiz-bang, look at the new thang” BS is getting old?

    • kipy

      September they can roll out the stainless version, then October can be stainless with wood, then November it comes with a neat sticker :p

  • A

    Although I can conceptually grasp that some people can’t shoot well with their hand positions reversed (i.e. handling the trigger and bolt with their weak hand and having their strong hand out on the forearm), I still kind of don’t get it.

    I’m not ambidextrous, but I (right hander) don’t really feel uncomfortable shooting from my left shoulder, or working the bolt with my left hand reaching over or under the gun. I think that for a lot of lefties, just shooting 10-50 rounds from a right handed bolt action rifle, operated as a right hander would, would make them realize that it would work just fine with a bit of getting used to and training. If most people can use both their hands to do fine motor skill stuff on a keyboard, vehicle, game console controller et.c, then operating a rifle using both hands shouldn’t be too hard.

    • MR

      In my opinion, eye dominance is the more pressing issue.

    • nadnerbus

      Watching Ian Mccollum work a bolt with his right hand (he’s a lefty), I’d argue that he’s actually faster than a righty on the same rifle.

  • lifetimearearesident

    Considering how many special run 10/22s exist I don’t think I’m taking much risk by predicting that we will see a walnut stocked version of the American 22 soon.

  • Duray

    A 22″ barrel? What an absurd feature. The only thing that gives you is increased sight radius, and the subjective feel/look of a centerfire. As far as the former is concerned, a 16″ barrel and aperture sight would have the same radius.

  • JLR84

    So when will they be adding wooden stocks to their centerfire American rifles?

  • Leigh Rich

    A Gun with a wood.