Originally Posted by J_Rico
Spending more and more time at the rimfire range lately.
Bought a suppressor and tried it out on a 22/45 and a S&W M&P 15-22. Fun, but want a bolt gun.
Looking at the Ruger American Rimfire or the Savage MKIIFVSR. Researching online, comments on both mostly positive. Many do not care for the Savage stock. Though that is replaceable.
Anyone tried both? Opinions? Which seems more accurate?
This will be mainly for plinking at the range off a bench. Maybe some minor pest control.
ETA: It is actually the RAR Compact I am considering. The #8305.
I was really excited when Ruger introduce their new bolt-action American Rimfires, so much so I brought home a pair of the compact models when they first hit the shelves locally in September 2013... These come with a Savage-style trigger (better design though IMO) that is adjustable and easily tuned to less than 2lbs. They also use the Ruger rotary magazines and have open sights with a fiber-optic front on the sporter-weight barrels. The tang safeties are a favorite feature for me.
The synthetic stocks have a solid feel and use v-shaped bedding blocks for the action. They also have interchangeable comb/butt modules that allow two different lengths of pull and two different comb heights (each rifle comes with two modules, 18” barrels have short LOP, 22” barrels have the longer LOP), but any style can be ordered direct from Ruger. I ordered the longer stock module for both (I’m 6’1”) and mounted scopes on each using Weaver #12 bases instead of the receiver grooves (they are factory tapped for the bases).
I’ve been very pleased with the .22s, both LR and Magnum, and IMO they are better guns than the Savage Mk II or the Marlin XT-22 (I owned both), and I'd say that even if they didn't take the 10/22 mags. In fact, after getting them to the range, my RAR compacts replaced the Savage Mark II FV-SR (slightly longer barrel but better stock, better mags and open sights included), and my compact American Rimfire .22 WMR replaced the Marlin XT-22M (shorter barrel, better stock, and better mags).
So… last year Ruger started offering the American Rimfire in .17 HMR, and… I now have three compact models (love the 18” barrels for field guns). I set this one up the same way (Weaver *12 bases) and mounted a 3x-9x 40mm “shotgun” scope (shorter parallax setting). I’m pleased to say it shoots even better than the .22s, thought that’s not surprising as the .17 is about the most accurate rimfire cartridge ever.
I honestly think these are the best values to come along in rimfire bolt guns in a long time (I paid $265 each for the .22s and $255 for the .17)… and they are 100% American made.
My old Savage