Review: Ruger Rimfire Precision Rifle

By Bob Campbell published on in Firearms, Reviews

Among the most exciting rifles to come down the pike this year is the Ruger Rimfire Precision Rifle. This is a bolt-action rimfire rifle chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. The rifle is based on the full-size Ruger Precision rifle. The rifle would make a great understudy for the .308 rifle, but it is also a fine choice for anyone interested in using an accurate rifle for recreational shooting or small game hunting.

Ruger Rimfire Precision rifle right profile

Although it is a rimfire rifle this Ruger shows big gun detail.

This scaled down rifle features the same ergonomics as the full-size version, and the same manual of arms and trigger action as the Ruger Precision rifle. The rifle may be the ideal trainer for those interested in learning the art of long-range shooting. As a stand-alone rifle—for any pursuit that the .22 Long Rifle cartridge is suitable for—the Ruger Rimfire Precision Rifle is a great choice.

The rifle is well made of good material with a business like appearance. The rifle features a molded stock that is actually a chassis not a stock in the true precision-rifle mold. This assembly is constructed from glass-filled nylon. This material offers rigidity and resistance to weather warpage or heat. The chassis does not shift and offers a stable firing platform.

The stock is also adjustable for drop and cheek weld. The stock proved one of the more popular features among those who participated in the initial shooting session I conducted. The shooters, ranging in size from small to well to well over six feet tall, found the Ruger Rimfire Precision rifle offered a good fit. The adjustment isn’t difficult at all. A bonus is that the chassis features witness marks to allow the stock to be moved back to a previous position. The chassis is more advanced than I expected from a .22 rimfire design. The development of the chassis for the centerfire rifle crossed over to the rimfire well.

Bob Campbell shooting the Ruger Rimfire Precision rifle from the bench

The overall experience with the rifle was excellent. Firing from the benchrest the Ruger was accurate and operated smoothly.

The rifle has several innovative features including an adjustable bolt throw. It took a while for me to get the hang of this and understand its usefulness. The bolt is designed to allow the bolt throw to be adjustable by removal of a spring clip. The bolt throw may be changed from the standard .22 Long Rifle-type bolt movement of 1.5 inches to the centerfire action 3-inch bolt throw. This makes the rifle less susceptible to short stroking the action. The bolt handle is a competition type that offers excellent control.

The rifle features an 18-inch target grade barrel. This barrel is forged from 4140 steel. The rifling is precisely cut and offers excellent accuracy. The barrel is threaded at the muzzle for a sound suppressor. (That would be a neat set up!) The rifle features a free-floating handguard. This handguard features attachments for lights or lasers.

The Ruger adjustable trigger is designed to allow adjustment from 2.25 to 5.0 pounds. This is a crisp light trigger with no creep or backlash. This trigger is very controllable and ideal for precision work.

The rifle features an AR-15-type pistol grip. The rifle grip is similar to the Ruger AR 556 rifle. The safety is an AR-15 type, at least similar enough for easy familiarity. The safety is reversible. Another nice touch is that the wrench for trigger adjustment is stored in the butt stock.

target grouping at 100 yards

These results were fired at 100 yards—and the author pulled a shot!

The rifle features a rail for easy scope mounting. The Ruger is supplied with a single 15-round X magazine. Ruger introduced a 25-round magazine some time ago and then the 15-round magazine with the M1 carbine-type Ruger 10/22. The 15-round magazine is a good compromise between the 10- and 25-round magazines when firing off the benchrest.

I mounted an inexpensive, but useful, riflescope. The Centerpointe scope was easily mounted and required a few shots to sight in at 25 yards. This is a useful distance to begin the sight in process for precision shooting. I had on hand a good supply of Federal Cartridge Company .22 Long Rifle hi speed hollow points, Fiocchi HV loading, and Wolf Match loads. It is great fun to fire off a few boxes of ammunition from the bench rest. The Ruger Rimfire Precision Rifle is a joy to fire and use.

After sighting the rifle in at 25 yards, I moved to 50 yards, a standard distance for testing the .22 Long Rifle. Results were excellent. The Federal and Fiocchi loads traded for top honors, with good strings from each. The best groups were around .8 inch at 50 yards. A good solid chassis and excellent trigger added up to good results.

The Ruger Rimfire Precision Rifle is an excellent all-around rifle and a good buy. It is well suited to target shooting, practice for larger rifles, and small game hunting. There is really nothing like it, and Ruger has a winner with this rifle.

Are you a small game hunter? Do you shoot a .22 Long Rifle for target? Share your tips in the comment section.

SLRule

Bob Campbell is a former peace officer and published author with over 40 years combined shooting and police and security experience. Bob holds a degree in Criminal Justice. Bob is the author of the books, The Handgun in Personal Defense, Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry, The 1911 Automatic Pistol, The Gun Digest Book of Personal Protection and Home Defense, The Shooter’s Guide to the 1911, The Hunter and the Hunted, and The Complete Illustrated Manual of Handgun Skills. His latest book is Dealing with the Great Ammo Shortage. He is also a regular contributor to Gun Tests, American Gunsmith, Small Arms Review, Gun Digest, Concealed Carry Magazine, Knife World, Women and Guns, Handloader and other publications. Bob is well-known for his firearm testing.

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  • Jim

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    It may be a nice rifle, but it ain’t $1200 nice.

    Of course, better ammo choices may– probably would have– given better results at 100 yds, so I can’t fault the rifle’s accuracy. Adjustable stock– great! Ruger makes a wonderful, accurate weapon in every respect, and they have mine. Except the price.

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  • Spencer

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    I did testing with my Ruger 10/22 with 23 different 22lr loads. I tested 5, 5 shot groups per load at 40 yards, 48°F with a slight crosswind; a total of 25 rounds tested per load. I had 5 shot group sizes ranging from 2.17″ to 0.28″ and 5 group averages ranging from 0.53″ to 1.70″. After I shot all 115 groups (575 shots) and logged all the data, I picked the 4 loads that performed the best and retested them with 3 groups out of the same Ruger 10/22 and 2 groups out of a different Ruger 10/22. The second Ruger 10/22 had very similar groups to the first. The groups with the second rifle we’re close enough to the first rifle that it seemed changing the rifle had no effect on group size. After all the testing the best 4 loads a second time the best group was 0.24″ and the worst was 1.12. After combining all 10 groups of the 4 best loads, the group size data is as follows.
    Group sizes we’re very consistent with all of these loads with a standard deviation in group sizes from 0.122 to 0.245.
    **SV= standard velocity
    1.Aguila pistol match: hi-0.72, lo-0.34, avg-0.528
    2.CCI standard velocity: hi-0.99, lo-0.24, avg-0.60
    3.Aguila super extra SV: hi-1.12, lo-0.29, avg-0.647
    4.Aguila super extra: hi-0.8, lo-0.41, avg-0.641
    After all the testing I really wasn’t find any trends to determine precision. Bullet wt, type and plating seemed to make absolutely no difference. There was a slight trend that high velocity ammo seemed to do a little worse than slower ammo but not enough to really matter. Also aguila seemed to occupy several top positions. Hope this helps anyone looking at rimfires to maybe see that ammo matters many more times than the gun to help determine if they want a Ruger precision rimfire or if they can get the precision they are looking for out of a Ruger 10/22 with the proper ammo. In my opinion ammo matters most. Thanks, and hope this helps.

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  • chuck

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    when are the dealers going to get the rifle

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  • James frampton

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    if not .17 hmr how about 22 magnum. that would increase range another 50 yards plus. maybe accuracy would be better

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  • tony cee

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    blah….

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  • bob

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    .8 inches is not too impressive. I get .5 inches or less with my Savage MKII, and closer to .3 and .4 inches with my CZs and CZ99s. I have found Aguila SE SV 40 gr. RN to be very accurate and consistent. The Aguila SE 40 gr. RN also perform as well in my CZ99 M22s.

    I will add I was shooting with a bipod. If you were shooting as your picture indicates, you might do better from a bench with bags or a bipod.

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  • James frampton

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    I read the article about the new Ruger precision .22 rifle modeled after Ruger’s 308 precision rifle. I looked carefully at the groups shot with target ammo off of a bench. I was a gun dealer for 35 years and still shoot a lot of targets. I was frankly disappointed with the group shot by Mr Campbell.

    I have 10/22 standard rifles that will out shoot this precision rifle. Now if the stated yardage was 100 yards, I would be impressed. It would never make a silhouette rifle. with groups that are exhibited here. Sorry, I’m not going to run out and buy this rifle because of the accuracy.

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  • Retired Navy Spook

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    I have a stainless Marlin model 60 .22 with a Simmons .22 magnum 4×32 scope that shoots under 1″ groups at 50 yards, but mostly it’s used for groundhogs and other annoying critters. A blued Marlin model 60 was my first squirrel rifle when I was 13, purchased in 1958 for around $35. Equipped with a Weaver scope, it was rare that I didn’t hit a squirrel in the head at 25 yards.

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  • Charlie

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    That thing looks like it came from a toy store. Ruger sure has taken a different course since dumping the 77/22. I wonder how the CZ 455 Thumbhole Varmint with fluted barrel stacks up against the Ruger. One thing for sure, the CZ certainly looks a heck of a lot nicer and will probable hold its value over the years. I will stick with CZ 452 &455’s, Sako Finnfire II’s, and Steyr Mannlicher Zephry II’s, and of course my 77/22’s. Classic design is my choice.

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  • John

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    I would very interested in one if it was a 17hmr

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