The New Ruger American Rimfire Target

A few months ago, Ruger announced that they were discontinuing the 77/22, 77/357 and 77/44 line of bolt action rifles, leaving me a bit disheartened. My spirits have been buoyed a bit with the introduction of a present model upgrade. The Newport New Hampshire-based gunmaker just announced the newest version of the American Rimfire rifle – the Target.

Much of the standard American features remain, including my favorite – a threaded barrel for adding the the silencer of your choice. However, the Target adds a integral scope rail, a heavier bull barrel and a laminate stock. An MSRP of $499 means this rimfire rifle will be competing with the best of the economically-priced sub MOA shooters. Namely CZ-USA and Savage.

The American continues to fill some of the void left by the dearly departed 77/22. However, I’d still like to see a bolt action Ruger that uses the 10/22 barrel system. The aftermarket support for 10/22 options is just too vast to pass over.

Personally I am hoping that we will see pistol-caliber Americans debut in the not too distant future. Please Ruger?

Ruger American Rimfire:

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  • Models chambered in .22 LR feature the patented, detachable, flush-mounted 10/22® BX-1 10-round rotary magazine and accept all 10/22® magazines, including the BX-25®, BX-25®x2 and BX-15®.
  • Models chambered in .22 Magnum and .17 HMR use the detachable, flush-mounted JMX-1 9-round rotary magazine.
  • Easy-to-use 10/22®-style extended magazine release provides smooth, no-fuss removal of flush-mounted magazine.
  • 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, allowing shooters to make that perfect shot.
  • Features a visible, accessible and easy-to-actuate tang safety that provides instant security.
  • Cold hammer-forged 0.860″ target barrel for exceptional accuracy, longevity and easy cleaning. Factory-installed knurled thread protector protects the crown.
  • A 60° bolt provides ample scope clearance and the 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.
  • Factory-installed one-piece Picatinny aluminum scope rail.
  • Black laminate stock features an Alexander Henry forend in addition to sling swivels front and rear, to help you steady your aim whether shooting off of sticks, a bipod, or sling. Rubber buttpad anchors the rifle at the rear.

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  • Gusto

    The problem when you cant do a proper schnabel forend tip is that it Kinda looks like a male reproduktion organ

  • HenryV

    I would like to see the American in pistol calibres.

    • Paul White

      I mean, that’s a real niche product, but with the American they’d be affordable. The 77 retailed for what, 700ish? If you can get an American that’s not as nice but is functional and it’s more like 350, that might do better.

      • HenryV

        I am in the UK. There are 77’s here but they are rare-ish and a bit expensive. We have lots of lever actions available on the market but they aren’t really my thing. I would like a nice rifle in .38spl or .44mag that didn’t cost the earth to use at my club’s outdoor 50m range.

        • Paul Strickland

          Due to issues with my hand my .44mag revolver kinda lost the “fun factor”….so I traded it off. But I still have thousands of rounds of ammo, brass, bullets and primers for the .44. After a little searching around I found a sweet Ruger 77/44 with the blue metal / black stock for a good price. I’ve added a 2-7×38 Redfield scope and a nice sling but haven’t had the chance to shoot it yet. I’m really looking forward to loading ammo for this longer barrel. This looks to be great range fun and maybe a nice short range deer rifle.

          • HenryV

            Lovely! 🙂

  • Nicholas C

    I too want a 9mm bolt gun. Because quiet pew pew.

    • Badwolf

      And takes glock mags… there, just had to say it

      • Paul Strickland

        And a 16.5 inch threaded bull barrel….

  • AndyHasky

    When I saw the title I started thinking “please god have .17 wsm, please god have a .17 WSM…”

    Disappointed to say the least. Still only a matter of time though most likely.

    I wouldn’t hold your breath for 10/22 barrel bolt-action, a pistol variat would be sweet though as would a takedown model.

  • Dougscamo

    The cutouts for shooting sticks on the forestock is nothing short of brilliant considering their growing use….

  • chappy

    17 mach 2 dammit!!!

  • Tim

    I love my 77/357, still I would be interested in an American .357.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Same here.

  • Chris Schmidt

    As someone who was about to purchase a Savage Mark II FV-SR for mainly suppressed use, should I hold off for this? The Savage seems to have the advantage in price and comes with a great trigger, but the Ruger has a longer barrel and uses 10/22 mags, which I have plenty of. I’d actually like to hear some opinions of more experienced rimfire shooters than myself.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Probably can’t go wrong either way.

    • AndyHasky

      I got the Ruger for magazine compatibility. I also hate that cheap stick mag sticking out the bottom of the Savage appearance wise. the flush 10 round mags on the Ruger look a billion times better IMO. Very pleased with my decision and I’d tell you it really comes down to personal preference.

      • Toxie

        I have the Savage and it’s a great gun. Makes a handy woods gun too, the factory stock is a bit chintzy – but it’s very light.

    • iksnilol

      Well, by plenty of mags do you have plenty of 10 rounders or 25 rounders? I feel the latter would be awkward in a bolt action.

  • nova3930

    was gonna restock my 22wmr but may just trade

  • I am hoping that Magpul makes their excellent Hunter stock for this gun.

  • uisconfruzed

    “the Target adds a integral scope rail”, “Factory-installed one-piece Picatinny aluminum scope rail.”
    Which one is it? Integral inferred it’s machined into the receiver.