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Old October 17th, 2020, 10:21 AM #1
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Ruger American Rimfire LRT







Unfortunately, the mlok adapter for the bipod hasn't arrived yet but, that's OK because it'll be next weekend before I can take it to the range anyway.

I think the Timney 640R trigger looks really good. Adjusted it to 2.25 lbs. because I'm not comfortable with a trigger pull much under that. The trigger on my old Rem 541T broke at 1.5 lbs. and I swear, if I looked at it the wrong way it would go off.

Went with a Leupold VX3 4.5-14x40 on Leupold low rings. It should work well for what I want to do with it.
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Nice! Looks great, should be a blast.

I have a Ruger American Rimfire and like it. Bought a Ruger Precision Rimfire and itís been in my safe for almost a year, havenít shot it yet. Plan is to put my current long range scope on it and buy new glass for my long range rifle. Maybe by Spring.


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Nice! Looks great, should be a blast.

I have a Ruger American Rimfire and like it. Bought a Ruger Precision Rimfire and it’s been in my safe for almost a year, haven’t shot it yet. Plan is to put my current long range scope on it and buy new glass for my long range rifle. Maybe by Spring.
Thanks! I've been going back n' forth on a .22 rifle for the past year and some of the things that attracted me to the RAR LRT were the features it incorporated from the RPR, like the adjustable cheek piece. The fact that it also used 10/22 mags sealed the deal. I was going to get a Tikka T1x until I saw what Beretta (Tikka/Sako's parent company) wanted for five and ten round magazines. Ouch.

So far, I've gathered-up this ammo for accuracy testing at 50-100 yards:

Eley Club
Eley Team
Wolf Match Extra (made by Eley)
Federal Match Auto
Geco Target
Fiocchi Super Match

I just hope I didn't sell myself too short on magnification. 6-24x50 seems to be the optic of choice for most owners and I hope a 4.5-14x40 will do OK on a 30 MOA base. I guess I'll know next week for sure.
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Thanks! I've been going back n' forth on a .22 rifle for the past year and some of the things that attracted me to the RAR LRT were the features it incorporated from the RPR, like the adjustable cheek piece. The fact that it also used 10/22 mags sealed the deal. I was going to get a Tikka T1x until I saw what Beretta (Tikka/Sako's parent company) wanted for five and ten round magazines. Ouch.

So far, I've gathered-up this ammo for accuracy testing at 50-100 yards:

Eley Club
Eley Team
Wolf Match Extra (made by Eley)
Federal Match Auto
Geco Target
Fiocchi Super Match

I just hope I didn't sell myself too short on magnification. 6-24x50 seems to be the optic of choice for most owners and I hope a 4.5-14x40 will do OK on a 30 MOA base. I guess I'll know next week for sure.

I guess it depends on how far out youíre taking it but that should be ok. With .22 at 300-500 yards youíll need a ton of elevation, although that 30 MOA base should help.
I didnít have a bolt action .22 yet and one of the main reasons I bought the Ruger American was because I already had a bunch of 10/22 mags.
I bought the RPR .22 for the same reason and I have an RPR in .308 so they are similar.
I need to do some more testing with different ammo to see what they like best.


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I guess it depends on how far out youíre taking it but that should be ok. With .22 at 300-500 yards youíll need a ton of elevation, although that 30 MOA base should help.
I didnít have a bolt action .22 yet and one of the main reasons I bought the Ruger American was because I already had a bunch of 10/22 mags.
I bought the RPR .22 for the same reason and I have an RPR in .308 so they are similar.
I need to do some more testing with different ammo to see what they like best.
Honestly, <150 yards 99% of the time. The distance from my shooting position to the edge of the trees is approximately 130 yards. Doubt if I'll take very many shots beyond that.

I'll post some pics of 50 and 100 yard groups whenever I get a chance to shoot it next week.
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Honestly, &lt;150 yards 99% of the time. The distance from my shooting position to the edge of the trees is approximately 130 yards. Doubt if I'll take very many shots beyond that.

I'll post some pics of 50 and 100 yard groups whenever I get a chance to shoot it next week.

Should be enough scope for that


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Honestly, <150 yards 99% of the time. The distance from my shooting position to the edge of the trees is approximately 130 yards. Doubt if I'll take very many shots beyond that.

I'll post some pics of 50 and 100 yard groups whenever I get a chance to shoot it next week.
If you zero at 50yds with 40gr 1235 fps ammo, should drop 13.6" at 130yds.
At 250yds it's 82.9" drop from a 50yd zero! That's where the 30moa rail comes in.
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Today was the first chance I had to perform a proper 50-yard sight-in and brief ammo test. Overcast, 57 degrees, 88% humidity and general sogginess after a couple days of rain. It was forecast to be 67 this afternoon but, we never got there.



My expectations were pretty low as far as my marksmanship skills go. It had been every bit of 25 years since I sat down at a bench and shot a .22 rifle. The last one I owned was a Remington 541T and considered it the gold standard for accuracy and trigger pull. That's why I didn't wait and ordered a Timney for the Ruger before I even shot it.



Since I got such a late start, I only tested three types of ammo: Geco 40gr (high velocity), Wolf Match Extra 40gr (standard velocity) and Eley Club 40gr (standard velocity) and I gotta tell ya: I'm pretty satisfied. I'm also forced to conclude that all the previous user reviews I had read and watched on YT, saying 'meh' and 'not so great' about the Ruger American Rimfire Long Range Target, are BS. This thing shoots. I mean, fvck. Even with homemade 1" red dot targets and a complete idiot behind the trigger, it was capable of one-holing the Wolf and Geco and shooting very respectably with Eley Club.


Geco 40gr (high velocity) , twenty rounds. I shot this immediately after performing a successful 50 yard sight-in/zero.


Eley Club 40gr (standard velocity)


Wolf Match Extra 40gr (standard velocity)

Overall, I really like this rifle. I thought I may have fvcked-up by not buying a Tikka T1x, like I originally planned but, Ruger did a great job with the LRT. The only thing that surprises me is that it doesn't get more love than it does.
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Nice shooting!

As I'm sure you know, rimfires especially are notorious about ammo preferences. And what works great in your rifle, may or may not work well in mine.

The downside right now?
That is to run your testing, find ammo your rifle loves, and then perhaps not be able to find and buy it in bulk. For what it's worth, I have found with rimfire especially, that what you really want to be able to do is to isolate not only a brand, but also the very same lot number, if at all possible. Then buy the hell out of it.

Nice review and nice rifle! Good Luck with it OP!
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Nice shooting Tex!!! After this thread and your PM my American my hit the classifieds after i sight in my two AR pistols
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