Ruger introduced the Ruger Precision Rimfire in late 2017, a scaled down version of its popular Precision Rifle that first rolled out of the factory two years earlier. Its .22 LR chambering may be overshadowed by its big-brother’s choice of 6 mm Creedmoor, 6.5 mm Creedmoor, 6.5 mm PRC, .300 PRC, .300 Win. Mag., .308 Win. or .338 Lapua Mag., but the rimfire was among the most popular bolt-action rifles sold in 2020.
Fire controls and ergonomics on both rifles are identical. “The Ruger Precision Rimfire is the ideal long-range shooting trainer and go-to rifle for your next rimfire match,” the company explained in its launch press release. Ruger doesn’t cut corners in the gun, though, even if firing line practice gets first mention.
Today it’s also available in .17 HMR an .22 WMR, and regardless of model MSRP in Black Cerakote is $529. An American flag-themed .22 LR runs $579. There are alsoversions in distributor-exclusive finishes available (Dark Earth, Tactical Gray, Burnt Bronze, OD Green and Red Titanium Cerakote) although their price may vary.
Regardless what you select, the 18” barrels are constructed from cold hammer forged 1137 alloy steel. Each are threaded 1/2X28” t.p.i. for muzzle devices and ship with a thread protector. Rifling rate is 1:16” in .22 LR, 1:9” for .17 HMR and 1:14” twist in .22 WMR—all right-hand twist. Magazine capacities vary from 9 to 15.
The stock is the Quick-Fit Precision Rimfire model that’s adjustable for length of pull and cheekpiece height. Witness marks speed return to the original position if a change is needed for another shooter.
A Big Gun bolt throw allows enthusiasts to run the short 1.5” bolt throw or change it to reflect movement required in centerfire versions, which is 3”. Ruger’s Precision Rimfires come with the company’s Marksman Adjustable Trigger, with a let-off weight range from 2.25 to 5 lbs..
No sights are included, but a rail atop the receiver makes mounting optics quick and effortless. The 15-inch free-float handguard features M-Lok slots on all four sides, the safety selector is reversible and the pistol grip is AR style, that can be swapped with most on the market today.
All the features—coupled with Ruger’s reputation for quality—makes it obvious why the Ruger Precision Rimfire was the fourth-best-selling bolt-action rifle among FFLs using the services of Gunbroker.com in 2020.