What kind of gun uses .22LR ammo but “feels more like a long-range bolt-gun?” If that is the firearm that you are holding right now, there’s a good chance that you may have your hands on Ruger’s scaled-down version of their Precision Rifle called the Precision Rimfire.
This good-looking rifle has an 18″ barrel made of threaded cold hammer-forged 1137 alloy steel, a capacity of 15, an AR pattern grip, and a suggested retail price of $529.00.
Chris Eger gives us more details:
The Ruger Precision Rimfire‘s Quick-Fit stock is adjustable for both length of pull and comb height while a bolt throw adjustment on the oversized replaceable bolt handle enables the user to select either a 1.5-inch throw for rimfire or a three-inch throw to mimic a short-action centerfire for those using the smaller caliber gun for economical practise or training. The threaded 18-inch cold hammer-forged 4140 barrel is shrouded by a free-floated handguard with multiple M-LOK slots for accessories and a bipod while a Picatinny scope base on the receiver allows for optics.
The rifle uses a replaceable AR-pattern pistol grip and incorporates Ruger’s Marksman trigger, which is adjustable from 2.25 to five pounds. Overall weight is 6.8-pounds while the length is just over 35-inches using the shortest length of pull on the stock.
Another nice feature about this firearm is the easy way that the bolt-throw can be changed. Our friends at americanrifleman.org put it this way:
To make the .22 LR chambering feel more like 6.5 Creedmoor, Ruger engineers designed the Big-Gun adjustable bolt throw technology. By simply removing a spring clip, shooters can change from a rimfire 1-1/2″ bolt throw to a short-action center-fire 3″ bolt throw, reducing the chance of short-stroking the bolt in competition. Identical to the Ruger Precision Rifle, the oversized bolt handle makes for positive bolt manipulation.
And, of course, the adjustable stock allows for plenty of options for different size shooters and different dress and shooting positions.
All-in-all, by virtually all accounts, this is a rifle with a lot of flexibility and lot going for it to make it worth considering for your next rifle purchase.