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Old October 4th, 2013, 03:19 AM   #1
 
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This is my new Ruger .22 rifle. The one I have is the compact model with an 18" barrel and the 12.5" length of pull. It came with both a low iron sight stock module and a scope sight module. I ordered the full-length scope module to give it a try. Switching them is easy - just unscrew the rear sling swivel and slide the module to the rear. The swivel screws into a nut in the module. They are a snug fit and there is no wobble or looseness.

The rifle uses Ruger's 10/22 magazine and that's a real plus. The 10-round magazine fits flush with the bottom of the stock, but they can also use the 25-round one. Feeding is smooth and positive. The magazine release is just like the 10/22 - just push forward on it and the mag drops into your hand.

The receiver is a tubular piece of steel and mounts to the stock with 2 allen screws. There are embedded aluminum pieces in the stock that fit into slots in the bottom of the receiver. This provides solid bedding and free floats the barrel for its full length. The safety is mounted on the tang - forward to fire and back for safe. If the action is cocked, the bolt can be worked with the safety on, a feature I like. There is a bolt release located on the left rear of the receiver. It is not necessary to pull the trigger to remove the bolt. The receiver is grooved for tip-off .22 mounts, but is also drilled and tapped for Weaver #12 scope bases.

The trigger is Ruger's version of the Savage Accutrigger and works pretty well. It's supposed to be adjustable from 3 - 5 lbs. I haven't adjusted this one yet. It's probably 4 lbs or so and has some creep, but breaks cleanly. I need to play with the adjustment screw and see if I can help it out. It's really a pretty decent trigger as is, but I think a little adjustment will make it even better.

The barrel has a medium sporter profile and it gives the gun a nice, balanced feel. It has a recessed target crown at the muzzle and is equipped with a green fibre optic front sight on a ramp and a Williams fold down rear sight, just like the 10/22.

The first time out I shot about 30 rounds of Federal bulk ammo using the open sights. I'm no great shakes at iron sights, so it was more of a function test than an accuracy test. I mounted a Bushnell Trophy XLT 3-9x40mm scope on rimfire scope rings for the next time out.

I bore sighted the rifle and took it out for a little bit this morning. The first shot was on the paper - an inch left and 2" low. It only took a few shots to get it zeroed. I shot a couple of 5 shot groups at 50 yards with Federal bulk ammo and the accuracy was pretty disappointing. I then tried a 5 shot group with CCI Mini mags and accuracy improved. The last group I fired was with CCI Standard Velocity and they grouped in a hair under 3/4" I couldn't get on the rifle range because of an SASS match, so I shot at the pistol range. Hopefully the next time out I can use a bench rest and a rear bag instead of a narrow shelf and a sandbag.

I'm impressed so far with this little rifle. The action is smooth, locks up tight and ejects fired rounds with authority. The stock feels nice and solid - not flimsy like some economy .22s. It's not pretty, but it's slick and functional. If you're in the market for an inexpensive bolt action .22, I think this one is pretty hard to beat.










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I agree, it is a nice rifle! I was out shooting mine yesterday. It's a fun and accurate rifle. I'm glad you're enjoying yours!
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Congrats on the new rifle! Nice write up and good photos. I bought the 22 Magnum with 22" bbl. I haven't found myself so excited about a purchase for some time, inexpensive rifle or not!
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What is everyone's opinion: scope or no scope? I have been enjoying this rifle without a scope. Should I scope it?
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Neon Horse - that's pretty much a personal preference, based on what you plan to do with it. If you're going to shoot tin cans, clay targets or rabbits on the run, iron sights should be the ticket. If you have aging eyesight like me, then a scope is a plus, or if you plan to do long distance shooting. Either way, they're great fun!
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Great looking gun. Good shooting too.
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Congrats! The compact's my choice too if I ever get a chance to buy one.
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Great review, it looks like Ruger got it right with this one. I was wondering why they didn't offer the American in .22LR. I guess they were taking time to gauge the popularity of the line before gearing up to build it.
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Congrats! The compact's my choice too if I ever get a chance to buy one.
The compact was my choice too, but my LGS only had the 22" barrel model, so I bought it. Guess I will just have to buy a compact too!
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The compact was my choice too, but my LGS only had the 22" barrel model, so I bought it. Guess I will just have to buy a compact too!
Now I like the way you think!
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Very nice gun maybe my grandsons need one when they get older now 2 years and 4 weeks.
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What is everyone's opinion: scope or no scope? I have been enjoying this rifle without a scope. Should I scope it?
Thirty years ago I would have said no scope - - - now I need a scope at 100 yards or more and it is nice at 50 yards.

If your eyesight is good enough iron sights seem to allow quicker target acquisition and are fun but old age has a way of making you humble!
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What is everyone's opinion: scope or no scope? I have been enjoying this rifle without a scope. Should I scope it?
I don't have a RAR, but these worked great on my Marlin XT-22:

Leupold Optics Rifleman .22 RF 3/8-inch Detachable See-Thru Rings - | Leupold Optics

It does put the scope slightly higher than is ideal, but it's not bad (the high comb on the RAR may make it perfect). And the irons are easy to see through the rings. Of course when using the irons you still have all that weight of a scope on there, so I wouldn't use that if I planned on shooting irons often.

Personally I think a 4x is the perfect compliment to a rimfire rifle. It helps with precision (usually you shoot small things with a .22) and it is a lot easier to see your hits on paper through a scope.

The compact RAR is really interesting to me. My XT-22 is way too long, it's over 40". It's not necessarily heavy, but with the length it really gets tiring to hold offhand when shooting a lot of .22. It's also tube-fed, which I like for the ability to shoot shorts, but which gets more and more annoying to reload. So the 18" RAR seems a compelling way to address those issues. I'd prefer a 16" though, I don't understand why rimfire rifles are so long. I can't imagine the .22 is gaining velocity out of a 22" barrel vs a 16".

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