Ruger American Target Rifle .22 and Silent-SR Suppressed Barrel
Only good things to say when it comes to this .22
The Ruger American Target Rifle. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)
Was your first rifle a blued steel and wood .22? Mine was a bolt action Winchester Model 69A and it hooked me on a lifetime of shooting enjoyment. Which probably explains why I got a warm and fuzzy feeling when Ruger came out with their laminate wood stocked American Rimfire Target .22 model. This bolt action, heavy barreled version of the composite stocked American Rimfire shares the same action, adjustable Marksman trigger and short bolt throw and has a ½ – 28 threaded barrel. Speaking of the barrel, the 18” heavy (.860”) barrel is cold hammer forged and free floated in the laminate stock. The bolt knob is a little different, being reminiscent of high dollar target rifles rather than the round bolt knob found on the standard American Rimfire.
While the American Rimfire Target is offered in .17HMR and .22 Magnum I opted for one in .22 Long Rifle caliber. As I’ve previously tested (and bought) a .22 LR American Rimfire rifle I wanted to see how the rifles compared. The consensus among experts (well writers anyway) is that a crisp, 3 pound trigger is the Holy Grail of rifle triggers. Often wished for and seldom found this mythical trigger is generally available only after the expensive ministrations of a custom gunsmith. It’s a rare treat to find a perfect trigger on a factory rifle but that’s what I discovered on the .22 Target. This trigger consistently breaks crisply, without over-travel (movement of the trigger after the sear breaks or disengages) at 3 pounds. While the Ruger Marksman trigger on the rifle is adjustable I found no reason to touch it – why mess with perfection?
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