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Equipment Review: Getting out to the range and shooting is what it’s all about anyway, right?

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Jul 31, 2018

Yukon Magnum has you covered


Bill Ruger began his career in the firearms manufacturing industry with the .22 caliber Ruger Standard pistol. Not long after that the 10/22 rifle was added to production to give outdoors men and women both a pistol and a rifle that would allow for seemingly endless range time or hunting opportunities. It is only fitting that over 50 years later a powerful and sleek air rifle bearing Mr. Ruger’s name would be made. The Ruger Yukon Magnum available in either .177 or .22 caliber is a hard hitting, easy shooting air rifle that allows a shooter to get all the trigger time they can manage without breaking the bank, sacrificing power, or great features.

Whether you prefer to shoot with open sights or an optic, the Yukon Magnum has you covered. The fully adjustable open sights are super bright fiber optic units that can be picked up rapidly in nearly any light situation. Mounting a scope on this rifle is also a cake walk. The standard Picatinny rail accepts common Weaver/Picatinny scope rings which makes locking down the included bright and clear 3-9X32 scope a breeze.

It just wouldn’t be a Ruger if it didn’t have style. Or a great looking wood stock. The Yukon Air Magnum satisfies on both accounts with a handsomely finished and styled ambidextrous wood stock. The cheek-rest is right on for either open sight or scope use and the supple rubber buttplate keeps the stock right where you need it when shooting.

The beauty of this rifle is not just skin deep. The receiver houses the ReAxis Gas Piston power unit which produces smooth power and lots of it! The Yukon Magnum can launch a 12 grain .22 caliber pellet downrange at 950 FPS and generate 24 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle, plenty of power for small game hunting, pest control, or plinking around the farm. Keeping all that power under wraps is the SilencAir muzzle device. The baffles underneath the front fiber-optic sight work to keep the report down for hours of fun and quiet shooting. Team the Ruger Yukon Magnum up with a heavier pellet to maximize this feature and the sound of the pellet striking the target will be louder than the release.

While .22LR ammo isn’t hard to find these days, the next ammo drought can occur this fast! Both scarcity and prices are affected by these unwelcome events. Pellets are pretty much immune to ammo shortages and you can stock up on thousands of high quality pellets much cheaper than even the poorest, cruddy shooting .22LR ammo. This means while your buddies are hoarding $10.00, 50 round boxes of .22LR, you can shoot through 500 pellets. Actually getting out to the range and shooting is what it’s all about anyway, right?

No matter what your reason for shooting “air”, getting your hands on the Ruger Yukon Magnum is both easy and fun. Most of all, it is rewarding to hone in your shooting skills for a fraction of the cost of any firearm.

The Ruger Yukon Magnum can be found at Big 5 Stores as well as other retailers throughout the west. Complete specifications for the rifle can be found at

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