Ruger American Rimfire

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  1. mkwerx

    mkwerx
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    I talked my wife out of getting me an xbox for Christmas this year (we never really try to surprise each other with gifts, as we're not "surprise" people, so I knew this was what she wanted to do) - I actually tried getting her to buy herself a new carry gun, but she insisted I get something "nice" for this Christmas because last year was leaner. So instead of the xBox I talked her into something gun related, it came down to either a 5.56mm upper for my .300 blk gun - or a complete gun altogether. I've been eyeing up the American guns in both center and rimfire versions, and after some thought I decided on the .22LR compact. Ammo availability aside - .22LR is still cheaper than .22 Magnum, and I couldn't find any .22 magnum (which is what I was originally thinking) on shelves today but Sportsman's has LR on the shelf. And the fact that the Long Rifle version takes 10-22 mags sealed the decision. I'm going to get the basic plain jane synthetic stock / blued barrel & action version. Bi Mart is running a sale for $247.00 - Sportman's Warehouse is $279 for the identical gun.

    I like the fact that these guns have decent, usable iron sights (front is actually a green fiber optic, rear is the same on some 10-22's) from the factory and you don't need a scope to use the rifle. I think this will be a decent rifle to start teaching my boy on in a couple years, since the stock is modular. Get a short LOP insert and the gun would be a fine youth rifle.

    Gotta find some LR ammo now. Might have to trade a kidney for a brick of Golden Bullets o_O
     
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    I'd consider .22wmr to be a hunting round and not really a target round for plinking so I think you picked well.

    I'd go with a Henry lever action or a bolt action if your going to just the gun for teaching a child.

    Simi-autos tend to burn thru ammo and they do not tend to take the same care with shot placement - but that's just been my experience.

    P.S. My lever action .22lr is not my nicest gun but it its hands down one of the funnest to take plinking.


    Edit: if you still can't find any ammo to feed it, I'd help you out with a brick or two - just pm me.
     
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    Bi Marts have some Federal 22lr , just have to keep checking. I got the American with the long barrel last year. Very nice action and a pretty good trigger. It has a fiber optic front sight from the factory . Put a Boyd stock on it and that did ad a lb or so to the weight but feels good and solid. These would be great for a kid to learn on, but I'm no kid and I REALLY like it.

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    I'm liking that Boyd's stock - I may have to put that on my wish list.
     
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    The Ruger American Rimfire are great rifles. I've owned both .22LR and .22WMR, both great choices, very accurate, easy to shoot and the included sights are really effective. You made a good choice.
     
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    I shot one, one time and was on paper.
    I have a 10/22.
    What took a bit was getting used to the bolt throw - something achieved with practice.

    They are a nice gun, and if you want to teach someone rifle marksmanship, it is an excellent choice.


    I can always find 22LR
    http://www.gunbot.net/
    Just be sure to include delivery when comparing prices.
    AND watch for too low prices, they do list primer only loads.
     
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    I've got the .22 mag carbine great gun I put a Burris timberland scope on it and tuned the trigger it shoots very well and I've been able to get .22 mag ammo.
     
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    Which scope is that? VX-1? That's a sexy rifle.
     
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    Picked up the rifle this morning - they even had some Federal 325 rnd boxes so I grabbed one of those too. Now to decide stuck with irons or scope it. Probably put a scope on eventually but who knows.

    I wound up with the 22" gun - thats all they had.
     
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    Thanks. Yep the vx1 3x9. Great inexpensive scope for just about anything.
     
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    I have the same one on my '06. Which rings did you use on yours? Been a long time since I had a scoped .22 - and it was a cheapo tasco w cheap tasco rings that left me underwhelmed. The remington uses a set of Warnes that I am happy with.
     
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    Not sure what brand these rings are. I usually use the Burris Z rings but I notice these have the windage adjust and I don't have the package any more. There steel like the z's but may be some other brand.
     
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    Anyone have this in a 17hmr?
     
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    I wish. So many guns to get:D
     
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    These are great little bolt action rifles! Very well made and accurate!!
    All steel, no plastic bits to break..

    And with decent ammo they are very accurate:)

    I've threaded the barrel of a few of them now and they make a great host for a suppressor!
     
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    Obligatory pix (finally took some) this AM

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    I'm late to this party, but I do have an American .22LR in the compact version. I'm really quite pleased with the accuracy. In fact, it will outshoot any 10/22 I've ever owned, including the two 10/22 Target models I've owned. I bought the extended stock-piece, but never installed it. I've found the shorter compact stock is quite handy, and never too-short.

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    I noticef yestetday that Sportsmans has the 10-22 collector edition on sale for $219 right now - its a 10-22 set into an American style stock. If I had the spare coin I would grab one (pic in ad showed foilage green stock w blued hardware - nice look) but my wife probably does not want a rifle for xmas.

    After christmas shopping is wrapped up I gotta snag a bx25 mag or two just for giggles.
     
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    Totally agree. They do make a great suppressor host. That's why I bought the threaded barrel version.
     
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    17 hmr, Boyds stock, 6 x 18 AO Bushnell Banner
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    22 mag compact, my paint job, 4 x 12 AO Bushnell Banner
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    Really like them both. Best value for the money of any 22 bolt rifle being made right now, JMHO.
    Hope you really enjoy yours. Merry Christmas
     
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