First Look: Ruger Precision Rimfire .22

posted on January 7, 2018
Following on the heels of its wildly successful Precision Rifle, the Ruger Precision Rimfire makes it easy for rimfire rifle shooters to join the growing segment of precision rimfire competitions, thanks to this affordable, accurate platform.

Ruger's Precision Rimfire provides a similar look and feel to the company's centerfire precision-rifle platform, having been built on a single-piece chassis that's combined with a custom-adjustable stock and a modular fore-end. The rifle's chassis is constructed using durable glass-filled nylon, the same material used in many of the company's pistol frames. The aluminum receiver features a machined Picatinny top rail with 30 MOA of built-in elevation, enabling users to easily mount optics for shooting at extended ranges.

The stock on the Rimfire features an adjustable length of pull and comb-height customization, ensuring that owners can fine-tune the fit for a perfect match between the shooter and rifle. At the bottom of the adjustable stock, users will find a segment of Picatinny rail that allows for the attachment of a monopod. Alternatively, the heel of the stock allows shooters to use the stock heel as a bag rider when building a shooting position.

To enable the gun to be used easily between a variety of shooters, the stock features molded-in marks to provide easy reference points when returning to an original adjustment position. The stock also features a quick-detach pocket that allows for sling attachment.

Inside the receiver, consumers will find the company's rimfire bolt, complete with Ruger's Big-Gun throw adjustment. This enables the bolt throw to be custom-tuned between a 1.5-inch bolt travel to a 3-inch bolt travel more commonly found on centerfire rifles, ensuring that muscle memory remains the same on multiple platforms. The bolt also features the same oversized bolt handle found on the Precision Rifle. The rifle is also equipped with the company's Marksman Adjustable trigger, which can be custom-tuned between 2.25-5 pounds.

Attached to the receiver is an 18-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel made from 4140 steel. The barrel is connected using traditional AR-style equipment, meaning that the same tools used to replace AR-15 barrels can be used to perform maintenance work and barrel swaps on the Ruger Precision Rimfire. The muzzle is crowned with a 1/2x28 TPI threaded muzzle, enabling the use of sound suppressors and other muzzle devices.

Surrounding the barrel is the company's 15-inch free-float handguard, which is machined from aluminum and features built-in accessory-attachment slots compatible with the M-Lok attachment system. The handguard is finished with a hard-anodized coating.

The Ruger Precision Rimfire accepts all standard Ruger 10/22 magazines. The rifle ships with one 15-round magazine and retails at a suggested price of $529.


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