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#6729720 - 04/08/17 10:07 PM Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range
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I had been looking for a 22LR for some time to use for practice. Being on a budget, I had it narrowed down to either a savage or a CZ. Then I discovered the Ruger American target back in late January. Decided that I would wait to get the chance to see one before deciding. I have a Ruger Mark III pistol and have been very happy with it (other than when it's time to clean it) so I was hopeful that their target rifle would be a performer.

I finally had the chance to put my hands on one a couple weeks ago, and decided to go with it over he savage and CZ. Today was the first chance I had to take it to the range. Really liking it so far, trigger has a slight amount of creep, not enough to make me want to fix it immediately, but I think I will get tired of it...

I went prepared with a variety of ammo, trying to find what it would like to shoot. I had read/heard that it can take a few rounds for the lube from different manufacturers to be consistent, so I fired 3 10-shot groups on each piece of paper, with the exception of the first one, since that was the ammo I used to get on paper. I was expecting the Eley ammo to shoot better, so I finished with the CCI ammo that seemed to shoot well in order to rule out fouling or shooter fatigue. Detailes are written on the targets, images are in order fired.

Results are below. Note you may also see evidence of why I got this for practice/self improvement.

Range is indoors, I was trying to isolate bullet performance...











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#6729736 - 04/08/17 10:32 PM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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Looks like you have a winner with the CCI.
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#6729737 - 04/08/17 10:35 PM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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Very good to see, I just got mine and waiting on rings now. up good shooting
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#6729756 - 04/08/17 11:18 PM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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Very nice shooting right there cheers

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#6729763 - 04/08/17 11:41 PM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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Just FYI...Targetmaster is advertising a 50Y range. It's not! That 50Y seemed always a little close to me. The other day I took my rangefinder and it's only 44Y. At 44Y your target is in the shade. If you want it to take the light so you can see better, then it's only 42Y.

But you're getting really good groups with those CCI SV (even at 44Y).

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#6729771 - 04/09/17 12:04 AM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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Nice groups with the CCI. I've always had good luck with the same rounds.

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#6729792 - 04/09/17 07:07 AM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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A couple of very good groups there! While you're still in the "discovery mode," try some of CCI's Small Game Bullets. I've had excellent success with them.
http://www.surplusammo.com/22-lr-cci-small-game-bullet-40-grain-lead-flat-nose-50-rounds/

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#6729899 - 04/09/17 09:36 AM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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kevin1, thank you for the FYI on the range. I had my rangefinder with me but didn't even cross my mind to check it. I was fooled by the internet again... I did have the target back as far as it would go, it wasn't in the brightest spot but there was still enough light to work with.

I didn't have high expectations for the bulk Rem and Win ammo, but I have a lot of it. I just wanted to see what it would do. I did have higher expectations for the Eley ammo though. The CCI was a pleasant surprise as it was one of the cheaper options. I was disappointed with the Norma ammo, very greasy/oily, made me think that continued use could lead to lots of cleaning if it's leaving lube behind in the magazine, etc.

I'll try to acquire more ammo this week, and hopefully have the time to test it next weekend. I'm thinking Eley target and Tenex, and the CCI mikei mentioned would be a good start.

I also wanted to mention, if anyone else wants the Boyd's pro varmint stock for this rifle, there is a product request form on their website where you can request new products with no commitment to buy. I called them about it last week, they told me that the pro varmint stock does have enough material on the forend/channel if I wanted to modify one myself, and if I wasn't up for that I should fill out the form and wait.

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#6729945 - 04/09/17 10:23 AM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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Good Work!

Looks like it likes the CCI but IMHO if you were in a pinch, you'd have several options to choose from...

Oh Yeah... welcome
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#6729977 - 04/09/17 11:10 AM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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which rifle, bolt or semi?
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#6729978 - 04/09/17 11:12 AM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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How did you get the last target to be in the black? Nice post and shooting.

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#6730259 - 04/09/17 05:53 PM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: okstatefan]
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Originally Posted By: okstatefan
Nice groups with the CCI. I've always had good luck with the same rounds.
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#6730427 - 04/09/17 08:50 PM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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Buzzsaw, Rifle is the Ruger American Rimfire Target:
http://www.ruger.com/products/americanRimfireTarget/specSheets/8348.html

Swmays:
I wanted to zero at 50y, (although I just found out this morning that the range was likely only 44y. Assuming we are referring to the same Targetmaster range) in the process I quickly noticed that it was way easier to see the holes when they were in the white area of the paper because I was a bit "out of the light" at the range, so I left it about 1" low until the last course of fire. I brought the scope up 1.25 MOA for the last piece of paper.

Scope is a Sightron S-TAC 4-20x50, my first non-Leupold or Vortex scope. I was planning on doing a tracking test on it as well. Seems like a decent scope for the $, and it had all the features I was looking for.

Also thank you to everyone for your feedback and ammo suggestions. The rifle is a blast to shoot, I'll try about any ammo just to see what it will do. Even if it doesn't shoot well, it will be just as fun to find out. rifle

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#6730481 - 04/09/17 10:02 PM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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Looks like a good shooting rifle. CCI has typically shot great for me out of a variety of rifles and pistols. My 22/45 target really likes the standard velocity rounds.


Edited by Adchunts (04/09/17 10:04 PM)

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#6730726 - 04/10/17 09:55 AM Re: Ruger American Rimfire Target - first trip to the range [Re: Sigmund]
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Originally Posted By: Sigmund
I brought the scope up 1.25 MOA for the last piece of paper.


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