Today at lunch, I went to the local Academy Sports store to check on ammo availability. They had Aquila .22LR, so I picked up two boxes at $4.49 per box. I'll add that to the stock.
While I was there, I coon-fingered a Ruger American Rimfire. I like the rifle. It has stock inserts to raise the comb for scope use, the blueing was nice and it seemed like a very nice little bolt action rifle. The only sticking point, for me, was the Academy price of $269.00, which is better than the MSRP of $329.00. Academy stocks both the regular and the compact model. A side-by-side comparison shows the compact model to be about 2" shorter in length of pull than the longer rifle. If I had to choose, I'd probably choose the compact, simply because I like short rifles. The American Rimfire uses the standard 10/22 rotary magazines, so those should be easy to find.
However, the Academy price on a Ruger 10/22 is $200.00, and on the Savage 64, the price is just $149.00. I've got a Savage 64, and it's also a very nice rifle, accurate, dependable, and simple. I like the Model 64, even if the stock is bit flimsy. But I really like the single-stack magazine it uses.
I didn't buy a rifle today, but it was nice to look at the new Ruger American Rimfire. If I'm in the market for a rimfire bolt-action, I might give the rifle second look.