Ruger’s New American Rimfire Stainless Rifle

American Rimfire Stainless

Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced a new version of the American Rimfire rifle. Called the American Rimfire Stainless, the new bolt action gun features several changes including a satin stainless finish.

The new guns use 416 stainless steel for the barrel instead of an alloy steel used on the original American Rimfire rifles. The barrels are cold hammer forged and free floated. Barrels in the American Rimfire Stainless line are threaded for the addition of a muzzle device like a sound suppressor. Ruger uses 1/2″x28 threads for this. The original model 8301 did not have a threaded barrel, but other models did have this feature.

American Rimfire Stainless

Ruger opted for a one piece aluminum scope rail factory mounted to the receiver instead of including iron sights. While open sights are still popular, many people prefer to use some type of optic. When adding a can, iron sights can sometimes have clearance issues, so allowing the shooter to simply add the sight system he or she wants may be the better option on this gun.

As with other American Rimfire rifles, the Stainless version comes in three different chamberings: .22 LR, .22 WMR (aka 22 Magnum) and .17 HMR.

Ruger is shipping these guns now. So, if this one strikes your fancy, your local dealer should be able to order one for you. The suggested retail price is $429 for any of the three calibers. This is a premium of only $40 over the blued rifles with iron sights and threaded barrels.

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  • Kelly Jackson

    I’d buy a Ruger American rfile in a second if they’d put the iron sights on the centerfire guns like they do the rimfires.

    • MissileMech

      I didn’t like the safety lever as it’s awkward in the field. I sold mine and kept on with my lever action.

  • Person

    Did I beat the “I sure wish Ruger made these for us lefties” comments?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Theres something very satisfying about a well made .22 rifle.

    I have too many.

  • AndyHasky

    Not in 17 WSM, not interested

  • Jeff Smith

    This would be AMAZING with the peep sights from the 10/22 50th anniversary edition, which I wish Ruger would just add to their lineup since it looks so amazing.

    • Norm

      Why don’t they make these now?

      • Jeff Smith

        No clue. It has all the features shooters want, so I’m sure it would sell like crazy. It was part of a design competition for the 50th anniversary celebration, so it was a limited edition. I think it’s one of the best looking 10/22s ever made.

        • Brian Hert

          I’d rather just get a basic blued one and pop on a set of TechSights.

  • Brett baker

    Left-handed, please!

  • Raptor Fred
    • Tassiebush

      I read up on velocity and barrel length. Apparently a .22mag with an 18″ barrel delivers less than 100fps more than a14″ barrel does and that length would be a tiny bit longer than the can and barrel combination in that picture. I know that’s not quite the same thing but it’s also a very handy combo. I just need to get mine chopped.

  • USMC03Vet

    New new magpul stock compatible with the new version?

  • OverSite

    Loose the plastic stock please…use wood, metal, stone – anything but plastic.