Ruger American Rimfire™ Review
Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Summary
September 2, 2013
Back in June of 2012, I
performed a review on the
Ruger American Rifle®
and was extremely pleased with the value from this new rifle
platform from Ruger. The rifle I reviewed proved it's quality,
reliability and accuracy, at a great price. Since
Ruger's original release of the Ruger American Rifle®, they have added two
additional calibers to the Standard version which brings it to a
total of 6 calibers, plus they added a Compact version that comes in
three different calibers. This is proof that Ruger knows how
to build on success. Their SR line of pistols is also proof
that Ruger knows how to leverage their manufacturing process and
commonality of parts to expand their offerings within a firearms
platform. Building on success and leveraging commonality is exactly what they have done with their
of the Ruger American Rimfire™ bolt-action rifle.
The new Ruger American Rimfire™ bolt-action
rifle blends some of the best features of multiple proven platforms
to produce a superb rimfire bolt action rifle. Ruger has taken
significant features such as the ergonomic lightweight stock with
Power Bedding® Integral Bedding Block System and Ruger Marksman
Adjustable™ Trigger from their American Rifle platform and blended
them with features from their Ruger 10/22 platform such as the
reliable 10-shot rotary magazine, magazine latch system and fold
down rear sight. They then combined these features with a
hammer forged barrel, down-scaled American Rifle receiver and new
rimfire bolt to create their American Rimfire™ bolt-action rifle. With the
initial release of this new rifle platform, Ruger also gives you a
choice of two popular rimfire calibers such as the .22LR and
.22WMRF. Based on studying the parts list in the Instruction
Manual, I see that at some point in the future, Ruger plans to
expand this line with a model chambered in .17HMR. Since one
size doesn't fit all when it comes to people's preferences and
length of pull, Ruger is also offering the American Rimfire™ in
a Standard and Compact model
which have removable recoil pads that allow you to adjust the comb
height for use with or without a scope. The table below lists
the American Rimfire™ rifles currently available from Ruger and
shows a suggested retail price of $329 which will probably translate
into a range of $270 to $300 for a retail price.
In this review, I take a close look at the .22LR
caliber Standard model rifle, but this review should still give you a
good idea on what to expect if you choose one of the other calibers
or models. For those of you who may have short attention
spans, you can use this page as an overall summary of the review
because it lists the key features and specifications, along with my
pros, cons, comments and bottom line thoughts on the American
Rimfire™. To sum the review up in a few words, "I like the
American Rimfire™ and think you will
During my reviews I like to compare my results
to the manufacturer's claims where possible so the following text in
colored italics was taken directly from the
Ruger Spec Sheet on 8/27/13 and gives the Key Features and Specifications
for the Ruger American Rimfire™ bolt-action rifle. The
are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this
review with either photos, commentary or both.
Each Ruger American Rimfire™ rifle 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
Models chambered in .22 LR feature 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.
Models chambered in .22 Magnum use the detachable, flush-mounted
JMX-1 9-round rotary magazine.
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
Ruger Marksman Adjustable™ trigger offers a crisp release with a
pull weight that is user adjustable between 3 and 5 pounds.
Ergonomic, lightweight black composite stock (designed for
quick, easy handling) blends a classic look with modern forend
contouring and grip serrations.
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.
Catalog Number: AMER-RF
Model Number: 8301
Stock: Black Composite
Finish: Satin Blued
Sight: Williams™ Fiber Optic
Rear Sight: Adjustable
5.89 pounds with an empty 10-shot magazine and low height comb
Material: Alloy Steel
4140 Alloy Steel
Length of Pull:
Twist: 1:16" RH
10 +1 using standard Ruger 10/22® 10-Shot rotary magazine
This review is broken down into multiple
parts with this page providing links to each part along with an
overall summary of the specifications, pros and cons, and my final "bottom
comments. Make sure you take time to checkout the other parts
of the review because they contain many photos and
lots of commentary. Also, there is an extreme amount of detail in those
parts which may not be covered on this page.
As you read these Pros and Cons below,
keep in mind that it is hard to keep my particular preferences from creeping into the
equation. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to
look at the other parts of this review so you can decide yourself on
items which may be more of a personal preference.
The "as received" trigger
pull on this rifle measured 4.3 pounds. Using the
adjustable trigger feature, I was able
to adjust the trigger down to 3.3 pounds and the trigger was extremely crisp with no perceivable creep or
The rifle comes with both adjustable iron sights and two
different options for mounting optics.
I see the interchangeable recoil pads which change the comb height to
match that for iron sights or optics as a big plus.
My personal preference for this rifle will be utilizing a scope
and the high height comb gives a great cheek weld for this
The American Rimfire™ utilizes a standard 10/22 magazine on the .22LR version rifle.
For those of you who already own a 10/22 platform firearm, this
means that your spare magazines will already fit this new rifle.
The short 60 degree bolt throw and long bolt handle keeps your
hand away from scope when cycling the bolt.
Like most bolt action rifles, disassembly is quick and easy and there is no good reason why
you shouldn't be able to keep this rifle in excellent condition.
Overall, I feel the American Rimfire™ bolt-action rifle
has some real accuracy potential and taking the time to figure
out which type of ammunition (velocity & weight) will pay off at
the range and in the field. By taking a quick look at some
of my 50 yard minimum group sizes (0.54", 0.57", 0.37", 0.39",
0.82) for each type of ammunition used during the range test,
you can see that this rifle can be sub-MOA with the right
ammunition and the right shooter.
Pro/Con/Comment (you decide)?:
If you are planning to use the 3/8" dovetail mount, then be
warned that all 3/8" dovetails or mounts are not the same.
It seems there are flat 3/8" dovetails and curved 3/8"
dovetails. In addition, there are also slight differences in
width between these two style mounts. The combination of
these differences made it hard to locally find 3/8" tip-off
mounts that properly fit the American Rimfire™.
Ruger has plans to setup a web page to identify which ones work
on this rifle so that you don't have to go through multiple
rings before you find the right ones.
The rifle I received for review had a slightly different surface
texture around the front sight area than the rest of the barrel
(see Part 3,
Figure 12). When cleaning the outside surface of the
barrel, I was also able to feel that the barrel was not
completely blended into a perfectly smooth taper. I have made
Ruger aware of this and I know they will be looking out for this
condition in the future. My guess is that many people would
have never noticed these, but since this is a review, I tend to
nit-pick details. Overall the rifle looked in great
condition. One last comment on things like this; I have said it before
and I will say it again, always look at every detail possible on
any firearm before you take it out of the store. If it
doesn't measure up, ask the dealer to bring you another one for
your inspection before you make the purchase. If you
purchase online, then always give the manufacturer the
opportunity to make any issues right.
Although the receiver comes integrally machined with 3/8"
dovetail mounts, I feel a significant number of people will
choose to use the Weaver #12 mounts (not included) for scope
installations due to the large availability of rings for standard
Weaver or Picatinny style mounts. Based on my recent search at gun
stores in my local area, none had the Weaver #12 mounts available in their
stores. This is not a huge issue because they are
available online and I'm sure a store can order you a pair if
needed, but lack of quick availability may delay your first trip to the range with your
The Ruger American Rimfire™ bolt-action
rifle represents a great value considering its price versus features
and performance. I consider the replaceable recoil pad inserts
which have different comb heights a big plus, and I was able adjust
the crisp trigger to 3.3 pounds. After range testing, I'm
convinced it has sub-MOA capability with the right shooter and right
ammunition. This rifle would make a great platform to train
young or new shooters about firearms and would be a good off-season
trainer for the experienced shooters and hunters wanting to save
some money on ammunition. I'm sure there are more reasons for
wanting a good bolt-action rimfire rifle, and if you are in the
market for a new rifle, make sure you checkout the Ruger American
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