Ruger's line of precision rifles has undergone some evolution in the past few years, first by introducing and expanding affordable precision rifles chambered in today's top long-range calibers. The company then expanded the line to include a Precision Rimfire model, which provided the same bolt feel as the company's centerfire models while costing a fraction of the price to fire. Now, in 2019, Ruger expanded its Precision Rimfire rifle lineup with new magnum models chambered in .17 HMR and .22 WMR.
Built on the same single-piece, glass-filled Nylon chassis as the company's original .22 LR model, the new Ruger Precision Rimfire Magnum rifles are outfitted with many of the features made popular by the original. Each rifle is built with an 18-inch, cold hammer-forged barrel complete with a 1/2-28 TPI threaded muzzle compatible with most of today's muzzle brakes and sound suppressors. The barrel is surrounded by a 15-inch, free-float handguard slotted with M-Lok attachment points around its circumference.
Like the company's original .22-LR Precision Rimfire, the magnum series rifles are equipped with the company's Big-Gun bolt-throw feature, which allows shooters to simulate the longer bolt throw found in centerfire models of the Ruger Precision Rifle. This enhances the capabilities of the Precision Rimfire Magnum rifle as a training platform for precision shooters, and the enhanced ballistic capabilities of the .17 HMR and .22 WMR rounds mean shooters can push their targets out farther than before while compensating less for bullet drop and windage.
In addition to the launch of the new Magnum series of guns, Ruger also announced the introduction of its new BX-15 Magnum magazine. Like the company's .22 LR BX-15 mags, the new Magnum option is built with stainless-steel feed lips and a spring designed to provide constant, consistent upward force on loaded rounds in order to enhance reliability. A polyacetal follower self-lubricates to ensure smooth feeding, and the glass-filled Nylon body enables the magazine to weather the drops and dings experienced during range use.
Each Ruger Precision Rimfire Magnum rifle ships with a 0-MOA Picatinny rail scope base and is also equipped with the company's Marksman Adjustable trigger, which can be tuned between 2.25 and 5 pounds with an adjustment wrench stored in the adjustable stock. The gun ships with either a 15-round BX-15 Magnum magazine or a 9-round JMX-1 rotary magazine. The suggested retail price on the new magnum series rifles is $529.