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For RPR own­ers look­ing for a 22LR train­ing sur­ro­gate, the RPRim­fire is a no-brainer. While smaller and lighter than its big brother, the RPRim­fire’s con­trol deck is nearly iden­ti­cal to the RPR. The trig­ger guts are the same; only the hous­ing is dif­fer­ent, the grip is the same, the bolt han­dle is the same shape, and the bolt throw can bet­ter mimic the RPR by re­mov­ing a clip on the bolt body, length­en­ing the bolt throw from 1.5 inches to 3 inches. It’s also got a modern fore-end and ver y ad­justable back end. And it takes Ruger’s ubiq­ui­tous 10-22 mags.


The ri­fle popped our 6-inch steel from 200 yards us­ing Club ammo in prac­tice ses­sions, so we were sur­prised when we recorded a > 1 inch, 30-round group with the higher-end Eley Match. We shot a sec­ond round of groups with the Eley Club, and it pro­duced a more com­pet­i­tive group with the less ex­pen­sive ammo. Shoots well with cheaper ammo? Odd, but we’ll put that in the “win” col­umn.


The ri­fle never failed to go bang, but we did have lots of ejec­tion fails. In­stead of tak­ing flight, spent cases spun in the ac­tion to the tune of 2-3 per mag. There’s a fixed ejec­tor in the ac­tion, but our cases were all ejected by a notch in the mag­a­zine top. When we switched from the in­cluded 15-round mag to one of our own 10-rounders, the is­sue went away.


We’ve heard the com­plaints about the RPRim­fire’s “cheap plas­tic stock,” and frankly we don’t get it. OK, it’s plas­tic, but it’s solid and the LOP and comb height ad­just enough to fit an­gry old men and el­e­men­tary school kids alike … with­out tools. The fore-end takes all the M-LOK-ness you can mount on it, and it holds our bi­pod just fine.


The ac­tion is a lit­tle clicky, but it never hung up. Af­ter about 300 sup­pressed rounds, it did stiffen up un­til we wiped down the bolt and brushed the ac­tion path, breec­hand bolt-face. Up top, it comes with a 30 MOA rail, per fect for reach­ing deep with the fast-drop­ping 22LR round.


Trig­ger Pull Weight is ad­justable and came set at 2 pounds, 0.8 ounces. Pull weight is set us­ing an Allen wrench with­out tak­ing the ri­fle apar t. The trig­ger is heav y and a bit creepy, but breaks crisply and pre­dictably. Ruger’s com­mit­ment to safety is on dis­play with the tabbed trig­ger safety that we could do with­out.


Plenty of mag­a­zine op­tions; great er­gos and highly ad­justable stock; good sur­ro­gate for the RPR; in­cludes 30 MOA op­tic rail


Ejec­tion is­sues; highly sen­si­tive to ammo in terms of ac­cu­racy

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