Ruger 10/22 -- should I or shouldn't I?


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Mastrogiacomo
November 21, 2004, 11:13 AM
I'm getting my father the Walther P99 titanium gun this holiday. I put $100 on layaway. I'm also getting the Detective Special Colt -- I've got the money for that the when the gun I have on consignment sells, I can walk out of the shop with it.

Today my father showed me a gun selling at Gayalans: a Ruger 10/22 "Wood Combo" - Synthetic Combo for "$159.999" (I'm wondering if the extra 9 is a typo.) Anyway, looked at the Ruger site for a better picture of this gun and just saw the hardwood version. What do you think? I have a feeling my father would like this gun as it comes with 4 x 32 scope and rings. Your thoughts?

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George S.
November 21, 2004, 11:22 AM
Is this a new 10/22?? The price is good if it's a new rifle regardless of the stock. Having a scope along with it is a really good deal.

10/22 are a lot of fun and there is a wide range of accessories for them. Heavy target barrels, custom stocks for just about any application, trigger components, hig-cap mags, etc. The Rimfire Central forum has 5 different sections devoted just to 10/22's www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/

The stock barrel leaves a bit to be desired, but once you begin to add things like custom barrels and action work, they can be capable of single ragged holes at 50yds with match ammo.

Mastrogiacomo
November 21, 2004, 11:35 AM
Yes, this is a new gun. I asked my Dad if this is something he wants. His response was "Oh, no. I already have a long gun. I've got one of each now. (Beretta type M; Remy 700 ADL) What would I want with another." I swear this man turns hot and cold fast on his choices. I hope when he sees the Walther he'll change his tune -- otherwise, it's MY gun...

Sisco
November 21, 2004, 12:12 PM
Ruger 10/22's are like old Chevy's; tons of aftermarket parts so you can build yourself a custom gun and go mild or wild.
I built one for my son and one for myself, they're about the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

tex_n_cal
November 21, 2004, 12:53 PM
sure, I'd get one, I have a 10/22 International that is presently wearing one of the DeLuxe stocks. I would get one of the models that has rubber butt pad instead of the slick plastic plate, they're too slick on your shoulder and hurt accuray.

A little off topic...where are all the 10/22 Magnums? I'd like to get one to convert to .17 HGMR, but none are to be found?

George S.
November 21, 2004, 01:16 PM
The 10/22RBM is still shown on the Ruger website: http://www.ruger-firearms.com/Firearms/FAProdView?model=2901&return=Y

Checked my gunshops' online site and their supplier Davidson's shows none in stock. Wonder if Ruger is upgrading the 10/22 mag and is in the middle of producing the new ones??

PATH
November 22, 2004, 10:03 AM
You can't ever go wrong with a 10/22. Pick it up. If Pop does not want it keep it for yourself. There are so many aftermaket accessories you can have fun with as well.

bama1911
November 22, 2004, 10:56 AM
Every collection needs a 10\22. The after market parts are unlimited and the vesatility is unlimited too.

MrMurphy
November 22, 2004, 11:03 AM
Get it. If he doesn't want it, you can shoot it. Besides..... you can shoot for three or four days for $8. 500 rounds lasts a long time. :)

R.H. Lee
November 22, 2004, 11:11 AM
Yes. Especially if you don't already have one. There should be at least one 10/22 in every family.

JohnBT
November 22, 2004, 11:23 AM
Skip the 10/22. Save up some money and get a good .22 that doesn't need immediate improvements. I didn't like them when they were introduced in '64 and I still don't. They just don't feel right and they shoot worse than they feel. :)

John

jefnvk
November 22, 2004, 11:49 AM
A 10/22 is never a bad decision. Go for it.

R.H. Lee
November 22, 2004, 11:54 AM
The trigger is the worst part of an out of the box 10/22, but it is easily fixed with a Volquartsen hammer (about $20, I think). I have a 10/22 topped with a cheapo 4x scope that can regularly pop golfballs @ 100 yds. The only mod is the Volquartsen hammer. :)

Mastrogiacomo
November 22, 2004, 04:48 PM
Well, I'm actually going to pass. I've already got two guns I'm getting this year so that'll have to do until next year. My next long guns will be the Winchester Ranger Compact in a .357 and another Winchester lever action in a .22 caliber. I'm more interested in getting the Ruger bolt action so as it's not on my Dad's "must have list," I think he'll be happy with the Walther P99 when I pick it up next month. Thanks for the replies. :)

SteveS
November 22, 2004, 08:11 PM
The local Galyans (now Dicks) had a similar deal last year. Both my father-in-law and I picked one up. I would definately do it again. :)

tex_n_cal
November 22, 2004, 09:00 PM
I haven't seen many reviews for it, but Thompson Center was making a .22 autoloading rifle a couple years back, and they seemed to be pretty nice, with walnut stocks and a little nicer trigger. I never have heard any reports about them.

Also, Browning has their classic takedown .22, which is very elegant and handy. In modern form they have a .22 rifle which is actually based on their .22 auto pistols, with a long barrel and shoulder stock. They are kinda neat, but I've heard no reports about them.

If you can find one, pick up a Winchester model 63. They are very finely made .22's from the Golden years of Winchester. They had a very ergonomic design, decades before the word was coined. Expect to spend big bucks, but it is a fine investment.

Selfdfenz
November 22, 2004, 09:25 PM
Had several over the years in different factory configs.
None were super shooters. Ok but not really anything to write home about. I'm no giant but the stocks seem short to me.

If you just want a pretty sturdy, "fairly' accurate dirt cheap to shoot plinker they fill the bill. Side by side factory stock models of the 10/22 vs the Marlin Model 60, the 60 will outshoot the 10/22 often and for less $$$ after you find the ammo each shoots best.

I think if you have any idea you might get the "improvement bug" there may be better places to start but nothing has the aftermarket parts made for it the 10/22 does. So many in fact you throw away most of the original platform during the improvemnt process.

There are cheap hi caps for the 10/22 but not for the Model 60 or any of the competition models if memory serves me correctly.

S-

schromf
November 22, 2004, 10:21 PM
Cheap Rugers like the poor will always be with us. I would pass the price is just OK, and I don't really like 10/22's to start with. If you decide later you just have to have one you can always find another. Or you can think about it some more and get a really accurate 22.

tc300mag1
November 22, 2004, 10:31 PM
yep i would the 10/22s are great

mustanger98
November 24, 2004, 01:19 PM
The 10/22 I've dealt with- even shot a sillouette match with it and they said I did good for a beginner- (stainless, wood, fixed 4X scope) will do the job. The worst part is the trigger, but if you can stick with that trigger pull and hold it one target, from the bench it'll hit consistantly at 100yds. Really, it needs a match trigger group and that's all I'd do to it. I don't know what all this complaining about the stock barrel is about, but it seems Ruger's rifles tend to get the complaints about barrels. Honestly, I think some people just want something to complain about.

The Winchester 9422's- I got the new CDNN catalog in today and they're advertising "the last of the 9422's" and that they're speciall edition with color case hardened receivers. Price is $389.99 for .22LR in either 16" or 20" barrel. $399.99 for .22Magnum with the same choice of barrel lengths.

crt360
November 24, 2004, 05:49 PM
The 10/22 accuracy with the stock barrel is not that bad. You can still hit squirrel about as far as you can see him with a 4x scope. If you want a tack driver for around $200, get a CZ 452 ZKM. If you want a fun little rifle with endless DIY customization possibilities, buy a 10/22, spend $30 and 15 minutes to fix the crappy stock trigger pull, and enjoy.

KarbineKrazy
November 24, 2004, 09:31 PM
Wow, you guys are hard to please...

I got a stock barrel on mine, a stock barrel on my dads, all my friends have stock barrels. They shoot just fine.

But then again, I'm a field shooter and a woodsman.

CB900F
November 25, 2004, 11:16 AM
Fella's;

I've also found that the stock 10/22 barrel isn't that bad. No need to replace it unless a lot of work with other things haven't produced the desired results. As has been suggested earlier, a simple trigger mod with Volquartsen parts can work wonders.

I'm almost certainly going to get another one. There's this new rifle version that sits in the case at Wally World & gives me the eye whenever I get nearby. I'll admit that I'm weak, but I may have to wait for the post-Christmas wallet recovery to give in.

900F

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