Review: Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle
Whether competing or hunting small game, the Ruger Precision Rimfire Rifle is an affordable, quality product
The rifle has a suggested retail price of $529 making it a bargain for its level of quality and accuracy. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)
My friend Michael Bane describes it as Ruger disrupting the market. What he’s referring to is Ruger’s introduction of new products that fill a need, create a new shooting category and launch new ancillary products, ammunition and shooting sports as a result. It shakes up and energizes the market; Ruger creates a huge demand and everybody profits. Recent disruptions have included the LCP .380 pocket pistol, the American Rifle line, the Scout Rifle and the Ruger Precision Rifle.
Let’s examine the Precision Rifle as a case in point. Prior to its introduction the competitive Precision Rifle Series was growing slowly with the price of admission being the biggest obstacle for many. Buying or building a precision rifle for competition can easily cost $5000 or more but when Ruger introduced the Precision Rifle shooters could have a very accurate, competitive rifle for around a thousand bucks. Yes, scopes are expensive too, often costing more than the rifle, but you get my point; the cost of admission came down considerably and people flocked to the sport of long-range precision rifle shooting and competition.
As precision rifle competition became more popular another need arose, that being training rifles and rimfires. Ruger produced the Precision Rifle in .223 for a while to address the training rifle need then disrupted the market again with an affordable .22 Long Rifle version of the Precision Rifle. You might ask, what’s the point? Well, have you ever heard of NRL 22, a division of the National Rifle League for .22 rimfire rifles? You see, in many places where folks want to shoot there isn’t enough space to get out to 1,000 yards or more but you can run a .22 match anywhere you have 100 yards available. Wait a minute, shooting .22s at 100 yards? Oh yes, as a matter of fact I saw a course of fire from a recent competition where the longest-range target was 246 yards. Imagine that! The closest targets are set at 25 yards and are one-quarter inch in size. How’s that for a challenge?
Ruger calls it bringing the big-gun experience to the rimfire world. Based upon Ruger’s American Rimfire action, the rifle has an 18-inch cold hammer forged barrel, threaded for the addition of accessories, i.e., silencers. The barrel is free-floated in a M-LOK handguard and the Picatinny rail scope base includes 30 Minutes of Angle (MOA) of elevation that increases the long-range capabilities of the rifle. The bolt throw can be adjusted from a very short, quick throw to one the same as the big brother Precision Rifle should you wish to use the Rimfire as a trainer. Unlike the bigger rifle, the stock doesn’t fold, nor does it need to for bolt removal, but the comb height and length of pull adjust in the same way. The bolt handle, trigger, thumb safety and pistol grip are just like the ones on the bigger rifle. And about that trigger … it’s fantastic right out of the box but can be adjusted from about 2.25 to 5.0 pounds. On my sample there is a tiny, almost imperceptible, bit of creep then the trigger releases with the classic “breaking a glass rod” snap at about 2.5 pounds. Also like the Precision Rifle, the barrel can be replaced using AR tools and many of the parts such as the pistol grip can be swapped out with off the shelf AR parts.
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