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.
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.
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.
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.
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.