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HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER RANCHER

MANUFACTURER: HERITAGE MFG. INC. (DEPT. AR), 100 TAURUS WAY, BAINBRIDGE, GA 39817; (800) 845-3776; HERITAGEMFG.COM
32.0"
2.00"

1.75"

16.13"

14.25"

ACTION TYPE: REVOLVING RIMFIRE RIFLE
CHAMBERING: .22 LONG RIFLE

CYLINDER CAPACITY: SIX
FRAME: ZAMAK 5; BLACK-OXIDE FINISH
BARREL: ALLOY STEEL, BLACK-OXIDE FINISH;
EIGHT-GROOVE, 1:16" RH TWIST
STOCK: WALNUT

SIGHTS: FULLY ADJUSTABLE, SEMI-BUCKHORN
REAR; DRIFT-ADJUSTABLE, BRASS-BEAD FRONT
TRIGGER: SINGLE-ACTION; 3-LB., 15-OZ. PULL
WIDTH: 1.5" (CYLINDER)
WEIGHT: 3 LBS., 12 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL,
LEATHER SLING, LOCK
MSRP: $297

SHOOTING RESULTS (50 YDS.)

.22 LONG RIFLE
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ MUZZLE
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE

ELEY CONTACT
42-GR. RN

825 AVG.
37 SD

63

3.01

4.97

3.56

ELEY FORCE
42-GR. RN

940 AVG.
28 SD

82

2.06

3.49

2.60

FEDERAL FIELD PACK
38-GR. CPHP

1053 AVG.
19 SD

94

2.53

4.91

3.64
3.27

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS OVER A MAGNETO SPEED V3
CHRONOGRAPH ATTACHED TO THE MUZZLE. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, TEN-SHOT
GROUPS AT 50 YDS. T EMPERATURE : 93° F. H UMIDITY 85%. A BBREVIATIONS : CPHP
(COPPER-PLATED HOLLOW POINT), RN (ROUND NOSE ), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION ).

semi-buckhorn rear sight and a brass
bead front sight.
We started our range session with
some function firing at 25 yds. to get
a feel for the Rancher's ergonomics.
At just 32" long and less than 4 lbs.,
it was not only exceptionally easy to
maneuver, but it also didn't exhibit
even the slightest sign of muzzle
heaviness. We found that proper use
of the trigger guard spur put the
shooter in a perfect position to brace
both elbows against the chest while
shooting, providing surprising stability even when standing.
For formal accuracy testing, we
elected to use the above prescribed
grip with our hands resting on a
solid wooden rest-as using a bipod
would have potentially interfered
with barrel harmonics and using a
sandbag would have likely resulted in
it being ripped to shreds by the gases
escaping through the cylinder gap.
From 50 yds., we tested the remainder of the Federal Field Pack ammunition used during function firing
alongside two match-grade offerings
from Eley. Accuracy was more than
acceptable for a rimfire firearm that
is intended for casual plinking, most

likely at short range. Extraction was
effortless with most ammunition,
however, breaking free the coated
Eley Force cases required a slight tap
of the ejector rod.
Although we found the Heritage
Rough Rider Rancher to be a little
strange to look at and even stranger
to hold, we thoroughly enjoyed the
experience of shooting it. Between
its impeccable balance and crisp
3-lb., 15-oz. single-action trigger
pull, knocking tin cans off of a fence
post was both a piece of cake and
highly enjoyable. All in all, despite
its unconventional appearance, the
Rancher would make an interesting
addition to any firearm collection,
and at an MSRP of less than $300,
there's no reason not to try something new.

The American Rifleman has used the phrase "Dope Bag" since at least 1921, when Col. Townsend
Whelen first titled his column with it. Even then, it had been in use for years, referring to a sack used
by target shooters to hold ammunition and accessories on the firing line. "Sight dope" also was a
traditional marksman's term for sight-adjustment information, while judging wind speed and direction
was called "doping the wind."
WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended to provide information based
on the limited experience of individuals under specific conditions and circumstances. They do not detail
the comprehensive training procedures, techniques and safety precautions absolutely necessary to
properly carry on similar activity. Read the notice and disclaimer on the contents page. Always consult
comprehensive reference manuals and bulletins for details of proper training requirements, procedures,
techniques and safety precautions before attempting any similar activity.
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Supporting the gun in front of the cylinder
could result in injury, so Heritage machined
a spur into the bottom of the trigger guard
(above) that allows the shooter to wrap
the off hand around the shooting hand-as
with a semi-automatic pistol. A framemounted safety (top) blocks the firing pin.

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