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PHOTOS BY DON JONES

altogether unnecessary in recoil terms,
but it does make for a secure mount of
the rifle in a variety of shooting positions.
That last point is more crucial than
might be expected, mainly because it's
hard to imagine a Ruger American in
.  that won't get shot a lot. Our
range sessions were certainly loaded with
reasons why.
First is the nature of . 
ammunition relative to the other
rimfire calibers. Much of the superb
performance we experienced is likely
attributable to the most elementary
ballistic principle of all-higher velocity
reduces projectile flight time, and short
flight time means gravity and wind have
less time to interfere with hit quality.
Another fairly technical factor helps,
and it relates to the center-fire trend we
noted earlier: By delaying the wobble
that accompanies downward transit
through the Mach, or sound barrier, net
accuracy is enhanced for any bullet-
rimfire or center-fire. Calculations
show our .  ammunition stayed
consistently above the sound barrier

beyond  yards, and thus avoided the
problem. (Case size and projectile weight
limitations mean .-caliber rimfires
must use other, and sometimes more
complex, expedients to avoid the problem,
either by never going above the sound
barrier-so-called "subsonic" or "standard"
ammunition-or by never falling below
it within anticipated range limits, generally
 yards for . , and  yards for
. .) If that sounds like "advantage
. ," we're inclined to agree.
A second appeal is a touch less
obvious, yet thoroughly vintage-the
economical nature of rimfire arms.
We're far from singular in lauding this
advantage for . , but there's reason
to think the . /Ruger combination
is even better in many respects. An 
under  (and a street price barely
cresting ) is enticing enough, but
the completeness of the Target package
ought to be an inducement as well.
Other than a Harris bipod-added
mainly for convenience-the Ruger
didn't want for a thing.
A Picatinny rail came mounted on the

Rimfire Target receiver, and we wasted no
time in getting a Leupold -i .-x
scope aboard and boresighted. This
process had us kindly disposed from the
get-go, and the first time you need the
bolt out of a Ruger American, you'll know
why-removal is a piece of cake, and
doubly safe with no trigger pull required.
It didn't take long for promised
accuracy to appear in our range sessions.
That good boresight had points of aim
and impact synchronized early, and a
boring, tiny blob of hits on a -yard
steel encouraged us to try further out
immediately. Light quartering winds
were clearly pushing the -grain 
 a bit, but nowhere near off our
target. Predictably, the - hash
marks of the "Wind-Plex" reticle in
the Leupold made accounting for the
variations easy, and progressively smaller
targets bobbed as if on command out to
 yards.
In all, five different loads took their
turn in the -in- twist bore, with an
unsurprising winner-Hornady's
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