Free-floating a 10/22


March 30, 2003, 09:45 AM
Hi I am considering a GM .920 barrel for my squirrel rifle, along with a stock to replace the cheesy stock stock (:D). I was looking at the choate dragunov stock.

The BB model is free-floating. Now, I've heard a few people say that you can't free-float a 10/22 with a BB b/c the reciever will bend if you knock it around, can't take the stress. Waddya think? Also, if anyone knows if that stock is bad lemme know.

I need a scope, my 3-9 bush sportview has parallax issues on higher powers. I think I need a rimfire scope or one w/ adjustable parallax. Any good, cheap, 3-9 or 2.5-whatever scope reccomendations?

Do they make variable scopes that start at 1 power?

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March 30, 2003, 10:37 AM
I don't doubt that someone here will be able to help answer your question, but you should really go check out the forums at Special sections on 10/22 mods of various sorts, and folks who've done everything you can imagine doing with one of them.

March 30, 2003, 10:56 AM
Definitely go to rimfire central.

However, to get you started, If the new stock you want does not have a pressure pad at the end of the channel, you can easily make/add your own. One benifit of this is you can play with the position to get optimal accuracy from your particular combo.

March 30, 2003, 11:24 AM
Think about the physics. Heavy, .920" steel barrel. Lightweight, aluminum alloy receiver, with the barrel shank press-fit into the receiver, held in place by a steel wedge and two allen screws. Do you really want to hang that heavy barrel's weight completely unsupported, leaving just the press-fit into a soft alloy receiver and the locking wedge to keep things straight? If you go over to you'll see what folks do to avoid problems. My own FrankenRuger has a fully-bedded heavy barrel, and a free-floated receiver.

March 30, 2003, 01:14 PM
If you do that, how do you get it apart? :confused: :scrutiny:

March 30, 2003, 03:40 PM
Bedded does not mean permanently glued in, just a fully supporting bed is formed in around the barrel.

I used the $12 Volquartsen kit to float my 10/22 barrel.

The reason you float the barrel is to let it "pulse" or "flex" or (actually) vibrate with a bullet passing.

All the kit consists of is a drill bit to counter sink the receiver lug mounting hole, an aluminum washer to fit in the counter sink that affirmatively keeps the base of the receiver lug raised about 16th of an inch and a small rubber pad that sits in the front of the fore arm under the barrel to support it. The pad is real soft rubber and is about 3/16 inch thick.

It really does reduce the field utility of the rifle because once you have a look at that big heavy barrel in that aluminum receiver you can see how one good bump in the wrong direction on the barrel and you could easily ruin the receiver.

March 30, 2003, 04:26 PM
It ain't in there permanently, just solid when together.

Not that one needs to be taking apart their 10/22 on a regular basis, anyway.

The thing about the heavy barrel 10/22 is, you have such a massive chunk of barrel that the harmonics won't be as sensitive to the stock interface as would a lighter contour barrel. It sounds odd to bed the barrel completely, but in the case of this little rimfire autoloader, it actually works quite well. Now, if you get one of the carbon-fiber lightweight barrels for the 10/22, then by all means, free-float to your heart's content, just like those Turner Barracuda systems. But you're not over-stressing the lightweight receiver by hanging several pounds of barrel steel from it, either. ;)

March 30, 2003, 04:42 PM
imho skip the choate stock and get a bell and carlson. I had a bell and carlson odyssey on mine, it shot like a dream. Also look into the simmons mag44 6.5-20 AO w/ target turrets. It's probably the most common scope over at rimfire central, w/ good reason. Its cheap, it holds zero, its clicks are true, and its quite bright for the money.


March 30, 2003, 05:32 PM
I want a low power option. I use 3 power a lot, I plink and hunt squirrels and bunnies. i didn't think those bbls would be that heavy maybe I should go down to 16".

March 30, 2003, 05:43 PM
Whoa, $380 for a stock:what:

$70 is more like it. I'm not doing serious target I just want to build a squirrel rifle and thought a Bbbl would add some stabiliy+accuracy+get rid of the sights+look bad. I need a full pistolgrip or thumbhole stock b/c I've injured my wrists biking too many times to count and regular stocks bother my wrists after a while. So right now I'm thinking maybe 16" or 18" GM barrel, that stock I pictured, and bed the barrel. And a different scope.

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