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RUGER AMERICAN
RIMFIRE TARGET .17 HMR
Certain types of shooters turn up their noses at little rimfires. This month we
have a rifle from Ruger and a cartridge from Hornady that prove that is a big mistake.

by Frank Winn, Gun s & Gear E ditor

E X E R C I S E

Y O U R

F R E E D O M

       calibers, it's easy to forget that this
was not always the-ahem-case. After all, there were Gatling guns in rimfire
(yes, that Gatling; and to at least . caliber), and even casual research points to
-plus other rimfires of extremely varied size. Presumably, there were diverse applications
to match. The late th and early th centuries saw a substantial and justifiable flight to
center-fire, but it remains true that when "small" and "economical" are the causes célèbres,
the remaining bantamweight utilitarians have clung to a pervasive-if humble-life.
The .  seems to be straining that "humble" business. As centerfire
cartridges have trended toward less-massive bullets moving faster-and sometimes
much faster-than predecessors, rimfire offerings have followed suit.
With . , this merges useful power (mid- ft-lbs) with rimfire economy. And
in the Ruger American Rimfire Target, it adds good looks, very pleasing accuracy and
altogether classic bolt-gun appeal.
Under that "American" banner, Ruger's budget-minded rifles have been a steadily
growing presence since their introduction in . Now tallying nearly two dozen
rimfire and center-fire calibers from .  up to . Win. Mag., they've prospered
on good rifle basics.
Central to these are a smooth-running, short-throw bolt with a paltry  degrees
of rotation and not quite  inches of front-to-back travel. Combined with an action
bedding system that very effectively locks out play, the -inch hammer-forged
and threaded barrel free floats. This absence of unhelpful stock/barrel contact
lets the trigger-Ruger's - to -pound Marksman-put user-tunable delicacy to
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work on every shot. Like the storied
/ semi-automatic, it uses a
flush-fitting, inexpensive and superbly
reliable rotary magazine to make nine
rounds available before a reload is
required. When the need does arise,
a factory-installed extended release
renders the swap elementary.
A laminate stock-ours mostly in
black and subtle purple grays-is cut with
an Alexander Henry forend and comes
complete with studs at front and rear. The
result is a tough, dimensionally stable
stock ready for use with sling, bipod or
shooting sticks. The good butt pad is



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