I never got to shoot a large amount of .22s when I was younger. I kind of skipped toward centerfire stuff. It has been very refreshing in the last year or so to revisit a good spread of rimfire rifles, and I’m here today to tell you about yet another one that has left a lasting impression – the Bergara BMR.
 

What Is the BMR

 

Bergara BMR .22 Rifle
There's just something special about a .22 that is accurate well past 100 yards. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)


The Bergara Micro Rimfire (BMR) is a bolt-action rifle in a synthetic stock. It utilizes either a five or 10-round detachable box magazine. The model I tested here is all steel, but there is also a carbon-fiber-barreled version. The BMR seems to have been designed with the competitive rimfire shooter in mind, and that should come as no surprise given that such competitions are currently popular across the country. 


Bergara BMR .22 Rifle
The BMR is a happy companion to the right scope. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)


The gun features an 18-inch barrel, threaded 1/2-28 at the muzzle, and it came with a steel thread protector installed. The magazine is released by a paddle-type lever at the front of the trigger guard, which is very reminiscent of centerfire competition rifles. It also utilizes a bolt release similar to many centerfire competition rifles that is built into the left rear of the bolt raceway.

The trigger on the BMR was outstanding. I was surprised at how clean and free the sear dropped. There was little left to do other than get this handsome little rifle to the range.

Before the Range, the Optics Selection
 

Bergara BMR .22 Rifle
If only accurate guns are interesting, the BMR is interesting. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)


If this BMR shot as good as I’d hoped, I wanted to give myself an edge with a great scope to go on top of it. I have a bunch of good scopes but was torn as to which one to use. I would feel almost silly mounting a $2,000 or $3,000 scope on a rimfire rifle with a street price between $500 and $650, depending on what features you order. So, I ended up using my Vortex Gen2 PST 3-15x44, and I’m glad I did because they are a perfect match for each other.

I mounted up the Vortex into a one-piece mount and leveled it up on the BMR’s 30-MOA scope mount. A quick and dirty boresight job was all that was left before heading to the range. I also added a bipod to aid in steady shooting while I zeroed the rifle.
 

Time to Burn Some Powder

 

The rifle offers capacity and a nice trigger that earned its way into my safe. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)


With a fine selection of ammo from Federal, Winchester, and CCI in hand, I made my way out to the dry desert where I intended to shoot. My boresight had put my point of impact a foot or so high. After making a few adjustments, the rifle was hitting right where I wanted it to. Within the first few shots after confirming my zero, I was absolutely in love with this rifle. 

I was picking out smudges on my steel target and covering them up with shiny lead circles. I could quite literally aim for the previous impact and hit the same spot with amazing consistency. After pinging the steel at 50 yards, I decided to take it out a bit further.

I know that there are plenty of people who shoot their .22s at some incredible distances, but I figured that for my purposes a .22 would not really be utilized much beyond 100 or so yards, and certainly not beyond 200 yards.

Shooting targets at 200 yards quickly made me reconsider my envelope. Even with some wind on the range, I found I was hitting pop-can-sized targets pretty repeatable at the 200-yard line. I knew that I was going to need to try some additional tasks with this little rifle. There were definitely some varmints that could use some diet pills.
 

Shooting Suppressed

 

Bergara BMR .22 Rifle
And, especially suppressed, the gun is more than willing to claim game and provide accurate shooting for fun plinking. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)


The threaded muzzle begged to be suppressed. In general, .22s are amazing fun when they are suppressed, with bullet impacts often making more noise than the shot itself. I installed my Yankee Hill Machine Phantom 22 suppressor on the rifle, and just like that, I knew this rifle was never going to leave my collection. The subdued report of the rifle was so soft and insignificant that I couldn’t help but smile every time I pulled the trigger. The minuscule amount of added weight from the 4-ounce YHM ensured it would likely never leave this rifle’s muzzle.

After burning through a couple hundred rounds out in the desert, I decided it was time to brave the winter snow that remained up at 8,000 feet in search of rodents. My favorite varmint species was waiting there for me, like they do every spring anticipating the latest guns available from Guns.com. They weren’t happy to see this little Bergara, though.
 

Unhappy Varmint

 

Bergara BMR .22 Rifle
Even past 200 yards, the BMR is ready to bring home game. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)


After goofing around for a bit picking little pebbles off of the hillside, I went for a hike into a deep Rocky Mountain alpine canyon. After a modest hike and some quick glassing, I spotted one of the rusty-colored critters soaking up some sunshine on top of a flat rock. My rangefinder put him just shy of 200 yards, which was a bit further than I would have liked, but there was no doubt I could hit him.

I laid down on the warm sunny ground. It had been covered in snow only a week or so prior. I spotted my prey through the scope. His keen eye seemed to be aware of me, yet he laid still obviously unaware of how crisp that Vortex is.

I evaluated the breeze, and the shallow declined angle, and decided to favor a few inches left and just below his vitals. Then, when all seemed right, I pressed the trigger and sent the 36-grain Winchester hollow-point bullet his way.

My shot drifted slightly downwind, impacting slightly further south than I would have liked, but it did the job just fine. My furry little prize rolled over and fell about 12 feet to the bottom of the snowy draw. I extended my hike a few hundred yards more to make a recovery and inspect the damage. As I suspected, it was nothing too fancy, other than a completely predictable impact on my target.
 

All Day Long
 

Bergara BMR .22 Rifle
The BMR is more than ready to take a scope and accurately shoot any game. (Photo: Jeff Wood/Guns.com)


My wife and I spent the rest of the afternoon plinking away with the little BMR. It was obvious how addicting this little rifle was, and my wife didn’t want to put it down either. She made some similar comments about shooting the Bergara and mentioned it was smooth and easily operated. I couldn’t agree more. I frequently feel a slight bind in rimfire bolts due to their short travel. She also mentioned how nice it was to watch the bullets impact with nearly zero recoil.

These are just a couple of the pros. For me, the number one positive aspect for this rifle is the accuracy. The confidence that comes from extremely consistent shooting is perhaps the greatest aspect of any rifle. The flawless function of both five and 10-round magazines, immaculate trigger, and the other operational features of this rifle are just icing on the cake. 
 

Conclusion

I combed over the BMR looking for something I could call out as a negative. But, in all honesty, I could not find one. This rifle seemed to dot every I and cross every T for me. I will not be letting this rifle go. For the $500 asking price, I feel it is an absolute bargain, and it’s a price I will happily pay for a performer like this.

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