Ruger 10/22


December 25, 2002, 10:01 PM
I am thinking about buying a Ruger 10/22. This rifle would be used for fun shooting at the rifle range. I am unsure which model to buy because I might be interested in upgrading the barrel, trigger group etc at some time in the future.

Also, what kind of 50 yard groups can I expect with the as purchased rifle using pretty good ammo like Wolf Match Target?


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December 25, 2002, 10:27 PM
If your plan is to upgrade & trick it out, I'd go with the cheapest one Wal-Mart has to offer.
I've never taken the time to try 50yd groups with mine, never tried match grade ammo either.

December 25, 2002, 10:55 PM
Try just a standard 10/22 to begin with.No need buying a more expensive model if you are going to upgrade later.Groups will probably average anywhere from .75-1.5" with decent ammo and a good scope.You may want to visit my home site.
Everything you would ever want to know about 10/22's can be found there.Be warned!You can sink a lot of money into one of these but they are worth it IMHO.

December 25, 2002, 11:27 PM
I would agree with the above. Get the cheapest one you can find. If you prefer stainless (I do) get the cheapest stainless one you can find. :)

Great looking gun Ten Bears!

December 25, 2002, 11:47 PM
I'm just agreeing with the above posts..

Upgrades like those on Ten Bears gun can always be done on down the road.. Don't forget to buy some "full cap" mags for your new Ruger 10/22 also..

Ten Bears - What are you using your souped-up 10/22 for,( target shooting, plinking , bagging ground squirrels from distances that only a sniper would shoot )?? :D

December 25, 2002, 11:50 PM
Ten Bears,

That is one beautiful rifle.

Thanks for the advice.


December 25, 2002, 11:58 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys.
We shoot competitive matches at Rimfire Central.The targets used are the USBR Targets.Distances are 25 and 50yds.We have these matches each month for bragging rights.We also have team matches.Joe Haller runs the matches and posts the scores each month.Bolts,semi-autos and single shots compete in one large competition.Any .22lr is allowed and there are no restrictions on weight,scopes etc.Come by and visit sometime.You may decide to join us in the fun.The rifle pictured above is one of three tricked out 10/22's I shoot.I'll be starting the 4th one soon.:)

December 26, 2002, 12:22 AM
Ten Bears,
Thanks for the information and the invitation.

OBTW, I registered over on in October '02 and have peeked and poked around the site ever since. I'll definitely continue to stop by and look around. My problem is that ever since I joined TFL,it has spoiled me and I find myself spending more and more of my time there.
Now that TFL is closing its doors,I find myself over here most of the time.. :)

December 26, 2002, 12:30 AM
10/22s should come with the following disclaimer:

"May cause uncontrollable urge to tinker."

Get the cheapest one you can and then start shopping around for parts. is a good place to purchase parts. I've gotten parts for both my 10/22 and MarkII from them.

December 26, 2002, 10:38 AM
Geesh! Ten Bears! Would you like a little rifle with your scope?? That beauty had to cost more than the firearm I'll bet!


December 26, 2002, 09:55 PM
When you get your 10/22 there is one question you have to keep in mind if you are going to tinker with it down the road.

Do you want to have a stainless rifle or a black rifle?

Get the one with the receiver color you want because after a while you will probably want to change the barrel or the stock or the internals or what ever and you will want it to "match":D The receiver will be all thats left!

Heres a pic of mine sans scope. My only good scope is on my hunting rifle. Eventually I will get a silver scope to match the theme of the rifle.

Sure is fun to shoot. My teen age daughter was easily hitting a two inch bulls eye at 50 yards after about 30 minutes of getting the hang of shooting this one.

December 26, 2002, 10:25 PM
The scope is a Sightron 6-24x40 with a little tiny dot and fine crosshairs.It looks pretty big but actually has an extended sunshade on it.Price was about 350.00 for the scope.The receiver was originally black but was bead blasted to remove the finish.Barrel is a Volquartsen and the stock from Richard's Microfit in California.Trigger group is a Volquartsen TG 2000.After a little warm up it will shoot very,very well.

December 28, 2002, 09:58 PM
Got my 1st 10/22 for xmas this year. Haven't even fired it yet. I did pick up a 3x9-40 Simmons scope at Wallyworld on sale yesterday. I hope I can swing by the gun store after lunch for some scope rings and maybe a little shooting.

December 28, 2002, 10:02 PM
10/22's are fun. This one started life as a International, then was sent to Clark Custom. Won the rifle, won the conversion certificate, just had to pay for the stock. Life is good.


December 28, 2002, 11:17 PM
10/22's are like old Chevys. Work just fine if you leave 'em alone but if you have the "urge to tinker" there's no shortage of sources for bolt on goodies.

December 29, 2002, 12:01 PM
I agree with those who said to get the cheapest 10/22 you can find. The only thing Ruger left on mine is the receiver, the trigger housing, the bolt assembly, and a few other springs and pins.

The first thing you should do with a 10/22 is go to a store (or a web site) with a large selection of .22 LR ammo and buy a box or two of every kind they have. These Rugers are notoriously picky about ammo. You have to find something that works well in your rifle and stick to it. If you're lucky, you'll be able to find something not too expensive.

Mr. Hankey
December 29, 2002, 12:24 PM
I agree, All you'll end up keeping from the original rifle is the receiver. Go for the $159.00, WallyWorld special.

December 30, 2002, 01:55 PM

December 30, 2002, 11:10 PM
Coltdriver; very clean.
What is that scope base and why did you choose that particular base ?

December 31, 2002, 12:39 AM
I got the scope base on a recommendation from someone at Rimfirecentral. It came from midway. With that base and standard height weaver rings you can mount a 40mm scope.

One thing I have discovered since is that it is best to put the money into steel rings. I was using some aluminum rings and getting them to hold zero with very much handling was impossible.

Leupold makes a nice set that I am using on a .17 HMR right now. They have a very positive index for the slot on the base and you can get them squeezed on tight and then take off the fitting you use to tighten them with and re position the fitting so they point in the direction you want. Just gives a cleaner look but also prevents snagging them on anything. They have held the same zero through a half dozen outings so far.

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