What upgrades would you make to a basic 10/22


May 9, 2003, 12:36 PM
I have a basic Ruger 10/22 rifle that I would like to upgrade. Nothing fancy i.e. expensive stock and barrels, I'm basically looking to keep it a casual plinker. Is it worth getting the extend mag release, new sights, bolt release, hogue stock etc.

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May 9, 2003, 12:38 PM
Trigger job! There have been many threads about this subject. Try doing a search.

May 9, 2003, 12:50 PM
Trigger, yes. Bolt release is handy. The mag release is very handy as the stock one requires some fumbling. The stock isn't necessary tho nice. I'm not a big fan of the sights (buckhorn) but haven't shopped for replacements.

El Tejon
May 9, 2003, 01:09 PM
Mine has a trigger job, barrel crowning, mag release, bed job, and wears a 2.5 Beeman scope. YMMV.

Andrew Wyatt
May 9, 2003, 01:31 PM
i'd have it rechambered in Bjornson/Qfarson .22/.66, which is a .22 short necked up to 66 caliber. it shoots a 550 grain JHP at 36FPS.

May 11, 2003, 03:16 AM
I am in the process of making modifications to my 10/22 at this time.

Look into the Target Hammer (drops pull down to 2.5#) and the auto bolt relase. (Its an easy modification that you can do with a file or dremel). The trigger assembly is pretty easy to take down. Another neat option is the match trigger and extended mag relase.

May 11, 2003, 06:44 AM

Here's mine.

I have since swapped out the scope for a little bit nicer BSA.

Internally all I have done is a trigger job.

Andrew Wyatt :scrutiny:

i'd have it rechambered in Bjornson/Qfarson .22/.66, which is a .22 short necked up to 66 caliber. it shoots a 550 grain JHP at 36FPS.

What have you been drinking?:uhoh:

Mr Jody Hudson
May 11, 2003, 06:54 AM
Personally, after doing all the custom work that is done to a 10-22; trigger, match barrel, graphite stock with bipod, etc. I finally upgraded to a Marlin Papoose which is lighter, far more accurate, take down, and hardly ammo sensitive at all. And, I had $400 left over after the deal was done!!! :D

May 11, 2003, 08:55 AM
Where's the fun in that? Pride of ownership, man! This is America, where one drops a small-block 350 in his S-10 pickup because he can! (Ok, mine was a blown 580 big-block, but same premise) Tinkering with the 10/22 has become a national pastime, don'tcha know? :D

May 11, 2003, 10:35 AM
The only upgrades my 10/22 sports are Uncle Mike's QD sling swivels with a black nylon sling, and a Williams' peep sight set.

May 11, 2003, 12:14 PM
I put a Hogue stock on mine which I really like. I really did not like the factory stock very much. I also has a Redfield scope. My next and last upgrade will be a new trigger.

May 11, 2003, 12:54 PM
Setting an arbitrary limit of $100, here is what I would do:

Clark Custom Deluxe Hammer/Trigger Kit - $55.25 - Gives a smooth 2-3 pound trigger with overtravel adjustment and includes a sear that provides a quick bolt release.

Volquartsen Exact Edge Extractor - $9.50

Weaponkraft Bolt Recoil Buffer - $6.00

Eagle Zephyr Aperture Sight - $26.96

Total: $97.71


May 11, 2003, 01:10 PM
I went pretty basic with a dash of whipped creme for mine. Pure utilitarian.

Butler Creek Folding Stock.
Extended Mag release.
Ramline Handguard.
3 pt sling studs
Homemade Ching Sling (trimmed & Chicago screws)
Williams peep sights (rear)
Eagle Zephyr sights (front)
Eagle 30 rnd mags (have since gravitated to Ruger 10 rndrs)

On sights, the Eagle Zephyr rear is pure junk. Very sloppy. Nice HK style tapered post front though. The Williams rear sight is awesome, the front big bead didn't agree with me. Result? Eagle front, Williams rear. They work well together and are rock solid.

May 11, 2003, 02:06 PM
You can improve the trigger,add a last shot bolt hold open,a normal bolt release,a mag release you can use easily,upgrade the sights to ones you can actually hit something with and improve it`s accuracy...or you can just trade it for a Marlin. I`m still kicking myself for buying a stainless/synthetic 10/22 instead of a Marlin 795. Even after some trigger work and a red dot sight I still don`t like it. Worse shooting .22 rife I ever had. :( Marcus

May 11, 2003, 03:09 PM
How much do you want for it? Mine needs a stablemate. (Quite seriously)


May 11, 2003, 03:16 PM
I have to agree that if you're looking for a good shooter out of the box or with a minimum of work, you can do much better than the 10/22. The big advantage of the rifle is being able to build up a great looking, top class shooter by yourself, using off the shelf parts. It ain't cheap, but it's a whole lot of fun.

May 11, 2003, 04:06 PM
I went with:
Volquartsen TG200 Trigger Unit
Volquartsen Exact Edge Extractor
Leupold Base and Rings
Green Mountain 18.5" Stainless Steel Fluted Barrel
Bolt Buffer
Weaver 6-20X40 Grand Slam
Bell and Carlson Anschutz Style Stock

I'm currently looking at getting a Volq THM Carbon Fiber barrel and a Volq barrel mounted cantilever scope mount. I think the threads in the receiver for scope mount got stripped somehow. That receiver must be pretty soft. It may be an excessive amount of money put into a .22, but I'm having fun putting with it!! Next .22 will probably be an Anschutz M64.

May 11, 2003, 04:07 PM

OK, second reply on the theme. Put your Ruger where your post is. How much do you want for the little orphan?

P.S. Others please note how very unpopular this second rate piece-a-junk is by the number of offers to take it off his hands.

May 11, 2003, 04:36 PM
Marcus, how much you got in the thing? maybe one of us (maybe me) will take pity on the thing and give you that plus shipping...

seriously, even though it COULD be a lemon, i haven't seen one yet that was as poor as you say. and to tell the truth i have yet to see a Non-lever action Marlin that was worth my time, (at least Ruger doesn't let guns with shavings from the milling process still in the reciver leave the factory!!) love my 39M and 1894CB though. but a Marlin bolt or Auto, too many bad experiences.

May 12, 2003, 11:57 AM
Thanks for all the replies.

Craigz, thanks! That's the exact type of shopping list I was looking for, at least for my first 10/22. I have another that will be my "expensive" project. To be honest a big part reason(s) for buying them both was so I could accessorize them.

May 13, 2003, 11:35 AM

The 10/22 is a whole lot o' fun to build up yourself. I've gone with the Volquartzen hammer and sear, mag release, and bolt hold open, Hoque rubber stock (although I wouldn't recommend this stock....too weak), and an Adams and Bennett barrel. Using a Simmons 6-24 power scope it will group roughly just over 1/2" at 50 yards. Check this sight out for info on rimfire stuff with emphasis on 10/22's.

Rimfire Central (http://rimfirecentral.com)

May 13, 2003, 01:23 PM
You're proud that your 10/22 cost you just as much as your M1A.:what:

Oh yes, I'm guilty too.

May 13, 2003, 04:57 PM
You're proud that your 10/22 cost you just as much as your M1A

More than my M1A, but still less than the paintball equipment I used to run around with!! Paintball is true madness...guys running around with at least $1500 worth or gear...good thing I came to my senses and started collecting guns. :scrutiny:

May 14, 2003, 10:19 PM
Sure I`ll sell it. I was planning on trading it for money off either a Saiga 7.62x39 carbine or a Puma .454 Casull lever gun )or a Henry Yellowboy clone,or a ...... ;) ). The gunshop with the Puma offered me $150 for it. I haven`t decided which gun I want yet so I brought the 10/22 home again for now. Make me an offer (email me at marksa@nni.com). It`s as stated above with a Tasco large dia. red dot,Uncle Mike`s QD swivels,a lt. gray sling and 1 spare mag. Maybe it`s me .maybe it`s the gun,maybe we just don`t get along but I can shoot groups half as big or smaller with my old worn out open sighted Marlin Model 60. Don`t say I didn`t warn ya. ;) Marcus

May 15, 2003, 12:17 AM
I upgraded mine to a CZ-452 and have never been sorry. I probably will pick up another one when they go on sale for $129 and leave it completely stock for a plinker. If you don't own any other .22's there are many others that I would buy before buying a 10/22.

May 15, 2003, 07:18 AM

May 15, 2003, 12:05 PM
Well so far I have a bunch of parts lying around my living room for this project. It's actually gonna be my first 10/22! :D

Parts consist of:
Stainless 10/22 reciever
Richard's Microfit Wildcat stock
Green Mountain 20" stainless fluted barrel
Swift AO Stainless Scope
Burris Zee rings
VQ Edge Ex
VQ Trigger

In a couple weeks I'm gonna get a load of sandpaper, oil, etc. and start finishing the stock. I'm also gonna try to do a couple of the DIY mods. I'm getting a lot of the resources from www.rimfirecentral.com Those guys over there are true fanatics like the guys on ar15.com

May 16, 2003, 01:09 AM
I just did a trigger job and Installed a scope on mine. I find it to be accurate enough as it is, so no bull barell for me!

May 16, 2003, 11:05 PM
all I would do is add a decent scope. All the other stuff is just window dressing. This is not an assault weapon, it is a plinker, and a small game rifle.

May 16, 2003, 11:31 PM
This is not an assault weapon, it is a plinker, and a small game rifle.

Really, there's no need to characterize the 10/22, and the configurations discussed above, as assault weapons, unless you consider rabbits, paper targets, and steel poppers as enemy soldiers of some sort. That's being a bit liberal with the description, don't you think?

For example, this is David Tubb and his Sportsmans Team Challenge 10/22. While this man could probably beat the pants off any other shooter when using nothing more than a Chipmunk rifle, he's taken the humble Ruger 10/22 to the winner's circle at least 7 times. Anybody gonna begrudge him the opportunity to build a world-class target gun out of a lowly 10/22?


I don't know how something, say, with a Turner Barracuda stock, becomes an assault rifle, either:


How about a yellow "assault rifle"?



May 16, 2003, 11:32 PM

Started out as a rusted piece of junk rifle I got for $35.
Stock is a Fajen.
Barrel is a Volsq graphite and stainless.
Scope is a Leupold Vari-X III 3.5-10x40 Tactical.
Mount is a one piece Leupold.
Mag release is Volsq.
Action and trigger parts are all factory that have been worked over by an excellent local smith who does a lot of 10/22 work.
I'm happy. :)

May 16, 2003, 11:37 PM
$35 for a 10/22!:eek: :eek: :eek: That's the most awesome deal I've heard so far! Life is good, eh?!

May 16, 2003, 11:42 PM
Yep! It was sold to me by an old guy who lived in a swamp and had used it for years to shoot turtles and fish to eat. The exterior of the barrel was so badly pitted with rust it looked like somebody had taken a hammer and punch to it. :eek:

May 16, 2003, 11:58 PM
Well, you did a very good job! It looks very nice now. I'm glad it found a nice home/owner.

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