Ruger's New .22LR Bolt Rifle


September 14, 2013, 09:38 PM
The LGS got one, a 22" .22 lr. I asked if they would throw in a pair of Weaver #12's @ that price. They checked, no #12's on hand. They checked their wholesaler; #12's on backorder! :eek: I got a small discount anyway.

I got home and checked Midway, #12's on backorder! :eek:

Then I remembered I had a set of used #16's w/ screws. They were just a tad proud of seating on the Ruger AAR receiver, but the holes lined up perfect. :) I used the lapping process outlined here to make them a perfect fit! :t

I had a set of Burris Signature Zee rings ready to go. They are mounted.

The trigger (Lawyer) spring is totally superfluous. It was removed (a 2-minute job). The accu-blade spring re-sets the trigger just fine. The trigger is now a very crisp 1-5/8#. :)

I set the action screws to 12"#

The chamber is sporting type. I expected this.

I slugged the barrel. Once pushed into the leade , a slug seems to glide all the way through. There is no choke toward the muzzle.

The rifles' fit & finish is excellent! Crown looks perfect. The bolt glides very smoothly. I put a primed case w/o bullet or powder in the chamber and popped the rim. The pin indent is positive.

I have not decided what scope to use yet. A 4-12 Luey? An original Gloss Burris HBR 6X? Or........decisions! Wait! I have a Weaver CKT-15 15X that's not busy @ the moment :D

Weaver # 16 bases lapped to the Ruger receiver profile :bthumb:

Burris Signature Zee Rings


Mounted the Weaver (Japan) CKT15 15X

The scope barely clears the rear sight.

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September 14, 2013, 10:08 PM
Yeah, I saw one at my LGS today. It's intriguing, but unfortunately, I'm not splurging on a right hand bolt 22....if it was left handed, it might already have been purchased :)

September 14, 2013, 10:10 PM
Those are nice looking rifles. Thanks for the post and photos.


September 14, 2013, 10:30 PM
Looks good with the pink. ;)

September 14, 2013, 10:35 PM
Geno, You are quite welcome!

This rifle is 100% American made! :) It takes 10/22 magazines. It comes w/ 2 buttstock assemblies (one for iron sights, one for scope height). The factory trigger (once the silly spring is removed, a 2 minute job) is EXCELLENT. The synthetic stock is not a cheap 'Tupperware' job like a certain rifle that starts w/ "S".

Remington, w/ the exception of the Custom Shop 547's (prices start @ $1,200) is out of the .22 bolt gun market. I see the all-new Ruger as the catalyst to motivate Remington to bring back the either 504, the 5-Teen series or the 541 series. Remington may create an all-new series of .22 bolt guns to get a piece of this market share.

September 15, 2013, 07:21 PM

I wish I had bought the M541-T and the M541-S rifles that I found on sale about 10 years ago (NIB). :o My bad.

Without a doubt, I would like to handle one of these American .22LRs, and for that matter, the American Rifle perhaps in .243 Win.


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