Nothing, I mean NOTHING, upsets me more than to point a rifle at something, get a site picture, depress the trigger, and the projectile doesn’t go reasonably close (say within an inch) to the point of aim. Even if the rifle in question is a .22 caliber rifle.
I had such a rifle; a Ruger 10-22 that a former military team member of mine had taken it and completely tuned a stock 10-22 internally – basically refined the trigger pull down to about 2.5 to 3 lbs, replaced the extractor with a match grade replacement, put a new recoil buffer in the receiver, ensured there were no burrs on the crown, and ensured the cheap Tasco 4 power scope and it’s equally cheap mounts were solid, and wouldn’t cause an issue.
Sounds funny, right? This thing kept a group of 4 to 6 inches at 200 meters, depending on who was shooting it and what kind of ammo it had. I loved that rifle. So did my daughter. It was the only firearm she’d shoot. I had it for 20 years. Put thousands of rounds through it; killed innumerable rodents with it. And, when the time came, I gifted it to her son, who’s now 8 year and already shooting a “cricket” bolt gun. Basically, as she thought of it as ‘hers’, it made sense to keep it in her family.
Then, I was without a .22 for 5 years, because something was holding me back on simply replacing that 10-22.
About 3 months ago, I was again in the mood to peruse the .22’s out there, as I wanted to have one in my stable, and start shooting .22’s again. It’s also always nice to have your own rifle when you go to the range with the grandkids. Well, Sir, I saw this Ruger Precision Rimfire on some woman’s social media site saying that ‘nobody needs a gun like this’….right away I could tell that A: It was a BOLT gun, B: was a .22, and C: as usual, the SJW’s didn’t have a CLUE as to what they’re talking about. She immediately became a laughing stock among the shooting community.
However, I wanted to see the specs of that rifle up close. So, off I go to Ruger’s site. Impressive, but basically, while true, the information was pointed at generating sales. So, off I go to gunbroker.com to see what the prices were….it’s modeled after their ‘Precision Rifle’ with much of the same features, but in .22LR, so I didn’t know what to expect, being that its big brother goes for north of $800. It IS sweet, though!
Locally, believe it or not, they’re not that easy to find! I called and looked and looked and called, and one gunshop told me after I asked if they were expecting anymore, said, “Yes, and we should get some as soon as Ruger steps up production.” (Ruger, are you getting this?) You can find them at http://www.gunbroker.com , but you’re going to pay more than the typical $399 pre-tax price. Some are at auction and are going for upwards of $450, sometimes higher.
I found a listing that said, “$399 or Best Offer.” I put my offer in and secured it for $385. I was tickled, being that you’ve got to add in shipping and transfer fees. Shipping brought it to $410 (less than I would have paid at a retail store in my area after taxes. It took a week, but it arrived yesterday, and the transfer fee was only $20 (the guy gives CPL holders a break). $430 out the door. At local shops who were charging $399, after tax it was $424, and I didn’t have to wait until they came in or spend as much time/gas going to pick it up!
Taking it Out of the Box
My being pleasantly surprised at the out of the box quality would be an understatement!
Packaging: Nicely cut out foam cut close enough and fitted well so that nothing could slide around in the box. Good job, Ruger!
Balance/Feel: Feels heavier than 6.8 pounds, but I believe that’s due to balance, which is very nice. Sits solid in your hands, holds nicely when taking up an offhand position.
Bolt: Not stiff; adjustable throw, allowing the shooter to remove a clip from the bolt and allow the bolt to move the distance much like a large caliber bolt gun.
Trigger: Adjustable down to 2.5 pounds; mine measured just a tad over 3 lbs. I didn’t see a need to adjust it.
My personal additions: Put a Leupold integral one-piece tactical base and rings (low), a Vortex 1-6 Strike Eagle (there’s a program out there that will let you convert the ballistics of your chosen round to match the reticle), and a Harris bi-pod for prone shooting.
Ammo Choice: I bought a brick of SK Match (spendy, but from all reports will hold from 1/4 to 1/2 inches at 50 meters, sometimes better depending on the shooter and the rifle – we’ll see when range day comes). I plan on using this for ‘whistle pigs’ out West, and it has to be accurate when we get into one of their towns.
Well, that’s it for the ‘Out of the Box’ Review. Further reports once I get out shooting. There are a lot of youtube (maybe….if they haven’t dumped them all) showing it’s accuracy.