Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire Rifle: Precision, Performance, and Heritage

The Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire rifle stands as a testament to the company’s legacy of crafting exceptional firearms. Designed for discerning shooters, this rifle family combines precision engineering, unmatched performance, and a touch of heritage that makes it a cherished possession for generations to come. Let’s delve into the intricate details of the Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire series, exploring its features, craftsmanship, and why I wouldn’t say it is the best 22LR I have shot, it most definitely outshines many other rifles in its class.

At the heart of the Model 2020 Rimfire lies an intricately designed action that redefines smooth cycling. The dual cocking cams ensure lightning-fast, seamless operation, while the hard chrome bolt guarantees flawless performance even under rigorous conditions. The 60-degree bolt throw not only enhances speed but also offers remarkable ease of use. Additionally, the interrupted Picatinny rail provides a stable foundation for your preferred optic, promising exceptional accuracy with every shot.

The Springfield 2020 Rimfire with Lucid L7 Rifle Scope

One of the distinguishing features of the Model 2020 Rimfire series is its versatility. Available in two primary versions, the Classic and the Target, this rifle caters to different preferences. The Classic version (the one we tested) boasts a timeless design with four grades of Turkish walnut, exuding elegance with its satin finish. On the other hand, the Target version features a synthetic stock inspired by the popular Model 2020 Waypoint, ensuring durability and functionality. Both versions come with a .22 caliber rotary magazine crafted from durable polymer, capable of holding 10 rounds and facilitating smooth chambering. Moreover, the rifle and magazine are cross-compatible with Ruger® 10/22® pattern magazines of the same capacity, offering shooters unmatched flexibility without compromising on performance.

The Springfield 2020 Take Ruger 10/22 Patterned Magazines

The 20” premium barrel of the Model 2020 Rimfire is a masterpiece in itself. Free-floated for its entire length, the barrel ensures that the rifle does not suffer from point of impact shifts due to contact with the stock, guaranteeing consistent accuracy. The Target Model takes customization a step further by being threaded to accept suppressors and muzzle devices, enhancing its adaptability to various shooting scenarios. On the other hand, the Classic Model features a sporter contour, making it ideal for a day in the field.

You can get the Springfield 2020 in Classic Wood Grain or the Target Model

I must say, this rifle has all the feel of what a solid legacy of a 22lr should. This is a model that you will want to pass down for generations, as well as enjoy some serious plinking.

The Model 2020 Rimfire’s thoughtful design extends to its user-friendly features. The rifle sports a removable “interrupted” Picatinny rail scope mount on the action, allowing shooters to customize their optics setup with ease. The 60-degree bolt handle, threaded for aftermarket bolt knobs, adds a touch of personalization, ensuring that the rifle feels tailor-made for every shooter. Moreover, the dual standard sling swivels provide versatile attachment points for slings, allowing shooters to carry their rifle comfortably, whether on the range or in the field.

The 60-degree bolt throw not only enhances speed but also offers remarkable ease of use

Ergonomics play a crucial role in enhancing the shooting experience, and the Model 2020 Rimfire excels in this aspect. The rifle’s stock features an artfully shaped and contoured rubber recoil pad that intuitively and comfortably shoulders, ensuring a natural shooting position. The length of pull, set at 13.45”, maximizes handling and performance, making the rifle a seamless extension of the shooter’s body.

The Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire series is equipped with a Model 700 pattern trigger, optimized for the .22 caliber action. Factory-set at 4.5 lbs, the trigger delivers a crisp, clean break, enhancing accuracy and control. What sets this trigger apart is its adjust-ability, allowing shooters to fine-tune it according to their preferences. Moreover, the action is designed to accommodate various aftermarket 700 pattern triggers, offering enhanced customization options for shooters who demand precision in every aspect of their rifle.

I opted for the Lucid Optics L7 Rifle Scope

At the range we wanted to put the 1″ promise to the test. When it comes to 22 rimfire ammo, you have to be sure that what you sight in your optic with, is the same ammo you use for your testing. Ammo, especially 22 rimfire can drastically vary from load to load and manufacturer to manufacturer. For our testing, we used Remington Target loads, and for our optic of choice we used the Lucid L7.

We testing the Springfield 2020 with Remington 22 Target Loads

The L7 optic is ideally suited for use in short to medium range applications with most any caliber. The L7 from Lucid is a 1-6×24 optic and is made to compete with all the big boys, but at a fraction of the price. Lucid has always produced quality products, and we felt this was a perfect compliment to the Springfield 2020.

On my first four attempts at groupings, i was unable to do the 1″ promised groups. However, I discovered that with some slight trigger adjustments, I took the trigger down from a 4lb pull to a 2lb pull, and this made my efforts a lot more effective. I was able to consistently land the 1″ group at 50 yards, and I honestly feel I could do this out even further. The Lucid proved to be “spot on” and made this an easy task to accomplish.

Springfield Armory’s commitment to quality and performance is evident in the Model 2020 Rimfire series. Each rifle is backed by a three-shot accuracy guarantee, promising exceptional performance in the hands of a skilled shooter. Whether you are a competitive marksman, a seasoned hunter, or a passionate plinker, the Model 2020 Rimfire rifle ensures rock-solid performance, reaffirming Springfield Armory’s reputation as a trusted name in the firearms industry.

The Springfield Armory 2020 Rimfire rifle stands as a pinnacle of craftsmanship, precision, and versatility. Its timeless design, coupled with cutting-edge features, makes it a standout choice for shooters who demand the best. Whether you are drawn to the elegance of the Classic version or the rugged functionality of the Target version, the Model 2020 Rimfire series delivers an unparalleled shooting experience. With its exceptional accuracy, smooth operation, and user-friendly features, this rifle is not just a firearm; it’s a legacy, waiting to be passed down through generations, embodying the essence of Springfield Armory’s dedication to excellence in every shot fired.