There are a number of reasons to love rimfires. Nostalgia is at the top of the list. My first gun was a single-shot Savage with iron sights and a straight-pull cocking mechanism that doubled as a safety.
Ammunition is still cheap, and in most parts of the country, we’re seeing more of it on the shelves. Low-recoiling rimfires produce minimal muzzle blast and have helped me practice trigger squeeze.
They’re an excellent choice for early-season squirrel, winter cottontail and vermin elimination missions.
The rimfire remains one of the most versatile, economical and shooter-friendly cartridge designs.
Here are my picks for the best new rimfire rifles for 2015.
<h2>Ruger | American Rimfire</h2>Ruger introduced the <a href="http://ruger.com/products/americanRimfire/index.html?r=y" target="_blank">American Rimfire</a> rifle on the heels of the success of the American, which is a centerfire. The American Rimfire is a bolt-action that features a 60-degree bolt lift and a composite stock with interchangeable straight and high comb inserts. <p></p> It borrows the rotary magazine found in the 10/22 as well as the semiauto rifle’s easy-to-use flip-down rear sight. It comes with a Power Bedding integral bedding block, and for 2015 there’s a suppressor-ready version as well. <p></p> Accuracy is outstanding, and it’s an affordable rimfire for plinking and small-game hunting. <p></p> <strong>MSRP: $339-$369</strong>