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. Â The .17 WSM is a rimfire round that is capable of speeds to an amazing 3,000 fps. Â Click here for more on this new cartridge.
The B.MAG is an entirely new rifle, not merely a warmed-over existing rimfire gun. Â According to Bill Dermody of Savage, there are “exactly zero” parts on the B.Mag that interchange with the company’s other rimfire rifles. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â It does not require special tools for adjustment by the owner.
An eight-round, rotary magazine is standard on this rifle. Â The magazine is detachable and feeds from the center of the mag. Â It should be a relatively simple thing to make a larger capacity magazine, but there are no announced plans to do so. Â An extended magazine might be of some benefit to varmint hunters who are eliminating large numbers of pests at long range. Â I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like the Hot LipsÂ magazinesÂ 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.