The brand new Ruger American Rimfire rifle is set to set the industry on fire after it was unveiled Thursday. Â The new bolt action gun is set up with a range of new features that are likely to excite a wide range of shooters.
The new rifles will come in standard and compact styles and in two rimfire calibers: Â .22 LR and .22 WMR. Â Some of the features are similar to the 10/22 rifles (such as magazine compatibility), but there are some really interesting new features.
The new Savage B.MAG rifle is a completely new compact rimfire bolt-action gun designed specifically for the new .17 Winchester Super Magnum cartridge. The .17 WSM is a rimfire round that is capable of speeds to an amazing 3,000 fps. Click here for more on this new cartridge.
The B.MAG is an entirely new rifle, not merely a warmed-over existing rimfire gun. According to Bill Dermody of Savage, there are “exactly zero” parts on the B.Mag that interchange with the company’s other rimfire rifles. In fact, Dermody suggested that the features of this new rifle more closely resemble their centerfire cartridge rifle line than the rimfire line.
This rifle uses a short action bolt with rear locking lugs for additional strength to handle the higher pressure .17 WSM. The rifle also has a “cock on close” action and hidden action screws.
Savage B.Mag Specifications
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The B.MAG uses a thread-in headspacing system that is very similar to the more expensive centerfire rifles in the Savage catalog. According to Savage reps at the SHOT Show, this headspacing system significantly enhances accuracy.
The B.MAG comes with the extremely popular AccuTrigger, which is a user-adjustable trigger that Savage uses on most of their rifles above the entry-level, budget guns. It does not require special tools for adjustment by the owner.
An eight-round, rotary magazine is standard on this rifle. The magazine is detachable and feeds from the center of the mag. It should be a relatively simple thing to make a larger capacity magazine, but there are no announced plans to do so. An extended magazine might be of some benefit to varmint hunters who are eliminating large numbers of pests at long range. I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like the Hot Lips magazines for the 10/22 from Butler Creek.
Well the new rimfire cartridge is here and it is a smoking hot round: Â the .17 Winchester Super Magnum. Â The new rimfire promises “pinpoint accuracy” and the “downrange performance of a centerfire cartridge.”
Ok, let’s cut to the chase: Â the new Winchester cartridge is pushing a 20 grain bullet at 3,000 fps. Â That is an amazing feat for a rimfire. Â Energy measures right at 400 ft-lbs (399.6 if my math is correct.) Â A 25 grain bullet screams along at 2,600 fps for 375 ft-lbs of energy.