If rimfire rifles are crack, call Ruger Rick Ross. By my guess, Ruger and their line of rimfire rifles are responsible for more gun owners than nearly anybody else in the industry. Several years ago, they introduced an affordable line of rimfire bolt guns under the Ruger American line, and quickly found a winner. I reviewed one of their first models, and found it to be a great gun for the money. Not content to sit on their hind parts, Ruger has expanded the line to include a Target model that they had on hand for the 2017 SHOT Show Media Day.
Featuring a black laminate stock, bull barrel, “Picatinny” rail, and threaded barrel, the Target model begs to get a nice scope and a silencer – and a couple boxes of ammo. As you’d expect Ruger is releasing this in all the popular rimfire chamberings – .22 LR, .17 HMR, and .22 magnum.
Ruger was nice enough to let me shoot the .17 HMR equipped version with their rimfire can screwed to the end, and I had no problem making offhand shots at 100 yards with it thanks to the crispy trigger, and what appears to be a very accurate barrel. MSRP is $499 which means you’ll probably see real world pricing somewhere between there and $400. Load up the rotary mags, and start burning it down.