Lucky Charms 10/22 for the Lady


Deer Hunter
August 30, 2008, 11:04 AM
I figured out the .22 I'll get my girlfriend.

She's been bugging me about getting something she can shoot, and I have been thinking what would be best for her. Something magazine fed would be good, easy for her to operate. Then a cheap red-dot would be good, since she doesn't like scopes.

So I figure a 10/22 would work great! Just around 200 dollars for what I want, which wont hurt me too bad (Who needs a molecular and cell biology textbook, anyway?).


I wanted to make it special, and I know her favorite color is green and her favorite cereal is Lucky Charms. Really, she goes crazy for that stuff.

So I'll be sanding the stock down and refinishing it a light green color, but I'll tape up a few sections where I will paint on the lucky charms.

For those who do not know what the lucky charms are, here is a picture. It's large, so I'm linking it.

I think this will be a fun project.

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August 30, 2008, 11:32 AM
I guess its better than going kookoo for cocoa puffs.

Looking forward to pictures of the completed project Im sure shell enjoy it. :)

August 30, 2008, 11:50 AM
The gift that keeps on giving.

I like it - I gave my wife (then steady girlfriend of 6 months) a 10/22 for her first Valentines Day present. She looked at me kind of odd for a second then got very excited. She still has it 24 years later.
She won't let me touch it tho. Modify it I mean. She says, "leave it alone, I like the Carbine style and it shoots just fine". How can you NOT modify a gun, especially a 10/22?

Good choice Deer Hunter -


August 30, 2008, 12:39 PM
great, now i have the jingle stuck in my head. "hearts, stars, and horseshoes, clovers and blue moons..."

Deer Hunter
August 30, 2008, 12:40 PM
Thanks guys.

My artistic skills (or lack thereof) will be put to the test on this one. I'll tell her it's an early Christmas present.

August 30, 2008, 12:40 PM
It's magically delicious! :D

August 30, 2008, 01:13 PM
When you try to shoot it, she can say, "Ach! He's always after me lucky charms!"

August 30, 2008, 04:49 PM
Hey why not, if it get's her to shoot...can't be any worse than a pink one I saw at the range one day!
Course you may want to go to your range on a day when nobody's there to sight it in before you give it to her!:)

August 30, 2008, 06:01 PM
You should show her the Pink Ruger 10/22's. They come that way from the dealer.

Deer Hunter
August 30, 2008, 06:51 PM
She's seen multiple .22s such as Crickets and 10/22s that she'd absolutely love to have. I'm building this one because it'll mean something.

Plus she just exhausted my supply of .38 special and has begun on my 9mm. :(

August 30, 2008, 10:24 PM
You best hurry up then!

Also, we'll be needin pics when you're done. :)

Deer Hunter
August 31, 2008, 12:23 AM
Oh you'll get them! Before and after pictures and everything!

August 31, 2008, 03:19 PM
You're a wise man, DEERHUNTER!

I hate to see well-meaning but non-thinking guys get a large bore, big-recoil muzzle-blaster to start out their wives and way to turn them off shooting.

.22 LRs are the ticket...very accurate, easy to use...and they can gets lots of shooting in for very little money!;)

The Deer Hunter
September 2, 2008, 09:53 AM
Man I love lucky charms.

Fruity pebbles win the bid this morning, though.

September 2, 2008, 10:54 AM
if that is her name on the top of the pic, i would also think about putting all those cool letters , in diff colors, all over the rifle.

Deer Hunter
September 2, 2008, 11:06 AM
Haha, no that's not her name! I found that random picture online to show what lucky charms I will be drawing.

I think that was done by someone much, much younger.

Deer Hunter
September 2, 2008, 08:23 PM
Just ordered a 10/22 from my local gunshop! I'll buy a box of lucky charms for reference tomorrow.

Deer Hunter
September 6, 2008, 01:13 AM

And so it begins...

September 6, 2008, 02:49 AM
good luck with the conversion, and just FYI: you can usually get a 1-2 year out of date cell & molec textbook for much, much less than college bookstore prices on (even better if you can snag an instructors edition).
good luck!

Deer Hunter
September 6, 2008, 02:13 PM
Trust me, random interweb guy, I don't buy from the bookstore unless I have to. Sadly, sometimes books come bundled for a class and have certain online access codes that I can only get from the campus bookstore.

And I havn't even bought my molec&cell book yet. Wont need to for this class.

And I'll finish sanding it today!

Deer Hunter
September 7, 2008, 08:08 PM
Took me an hour or so, but I got the stock looking semi-sanded.

Used 100 grit sandpaper.

Deer Hunter
September 9, 2008, 12:13 AM
Alright, I need help fellow high-roaders.

I sanded the rifle stock down completely today with fine grit sand paper. It's super-smooth and looks fantastic. I went to Lowes and picked up some paint and primer. The paint was mixed with an epoxy gloss finish.

To get the charms on the rifle is the hard part. Painting over the paint, then trying to polyeurothane them in wouldn't look right. At the same time, I think the best course of action is to paint the charms on the primed stock, cover them with something, paint with the green paint, and then peel protected areas and try to protect them with a spray on polyeurothane.

None of these options fill me with complete joy.

Anybody got any ideas?

September 9, 2008, 12:16 AM
you should make stencils of the lucky charms and put them on after you paint the stock let it dry add the stencils would probably have to be about 2 layers because different colors let it chil,l dry and clear it or whatever your going to do with it.

Deer Hunter
September 9, 2008, 12:19 AM
That's my delima, Chris. I'd do that, except that the clear coat is mixed in with the paint.

September 9, 2008, 12:22 AM
other than a local graphics artist? talk it up with the guys at your area graphics/poster design shop. i'd get it printed on an adhesive-backed poster shaped to the stock. then go over that with clear epoxy or something else. but dont trust what i say, im just brainstorming.

September 9, 2008, 12:23 AM
oh man sorry i skimmed over that!!! haha... well that is a bit of a dilemma i would get some rattle cans maybe some krlyon or MONTANA it's the best spray paint you can get typically used for graffiti but it gives the most vibrant colors. i wouldn't even try it with that paint it would mix up and you would have a mess of a stock.

Deer Hunter
September 9, 2008, 09:30 AM
That's a pretty good idea, Kilted. I actually thought about finding some stickers to put on it when the whole thing was done.

September 9, 2008, 09:24 PM
glad i could help. i just took what minor experiance with custom car decal detailing and applied it to your dilemma.

September 9, 2008, 09:35 PM
Give your gun the color base coat you want and then brush on your charms with some good paint brushes. After you paint your base coat, sketch your charms lightly in pencil until you have them like you want them. That way you can erase. Start painting once you have it laid out like you want. Have some patience and don't be scared. It's only paint and can come back off if you screw up. I used to be a portrait artist and graphic design student before switching gears to biochemistry. If you need some painting pointers feel free to pm me. Hope it turns out well for you, I think it's a good idea, and it'd be a neat gun for her.


Deer Hunter
September 9, 2008, 09:38 PM
That's what I was going to do, Jason. But my problem is that the finish and paint are blended together (Should have thought about it before it was mixed).

So if I were to paint over the base coat, it'd be on top of the finish. I'd then probably have to put some spray-on finish onto the places I painted. I dont know how well that would turn out.

September 9, 2008, 09:40 PM
Hm... could use the paint on something else for her (maybe whatever optic you mount on it), then use that recommendation for the rifle... though that kind of would be a waste of paint...

September 9, 2008, 09:43 PM
I'd then probably have to put some spray-on finish onto the places I painted. I dont know how well that would turn out.
Use a clear coat that will bond with whatever paint you are using. You can apply a topcoat to a topcoat. Just coat the whole rifle to get an even finish. Auto body mechanics often apply multiple layers of clear coat over a finish. You still ought to be OK, unless you are just wanting to avoid spending more on paint or something.

Am I misunderstanding?


Deer Hunter
September 9, 2008, 09:52 PM
I'm using some valspar high gloss enamel blended paint. My worries with coating the stock with this, then letting it dry and painting on top of it with whatever colors I will need (black, yellow, red, blue, etc) , would be the polyeurothane spray finish I'd then use on top of the paint. I'd have to evenly coat the entire rifle, not just the painted charm portions.

My worries are that this wouldn't work so well with the already painted and finished stock.

So you're telling me I shouldn't worry, though?

September 9, 2008, 10:17 PM
Deer Hunter, I've seen your 1740 online and I think you are one crazy bastard. But good luck with this project and I am curious to see how it turns out!

September 9, 2008, 10:23 PM
My worries are that this wouldn't work so well with the already painted and finished stock.

So you're telling me I shouldn't worry, though?
I've never tried polyurethane over epoxy. I figured you were using an epoxy clear coat over your epoxy colors. I would take a scrap piece of wood and try it out and see what it looks like, just because I've never tried the poly over epoxy. I would think you'd be OK though.


September 9, 2008, 10:47 PM
Hey another option is to go to a woodcraft store one a wood working store that sells stains.
you could get a green stain that wold look rally nice with the wood grain.
So you cold stain it green. then paint lightly as in thins coats the charms.
Then seal it with a can of clear finish for wood
I think it would look allot better stained green then painted green
Im a wood worker at heart so I love to see grain. :D

Deer Hunter
September 9, 2008, 10:56 PM

I probably should have done something like that in the beginning. But now that I've got the paint and a plan, I'd like to follow through with it. I'm with you though, I enjoy the grain.

I was planning on trying it out on some scrap wood first. I'll do that soon.

September 9, 2008, 11:26 PM
Thats cool Deerhunter.
Yea try it out on a scrap peice of wood first.
I would even had done the same with the stain try it first.

The only thing I would be worried about painting the stock is gettng the paint to think in areas were the reciver an barel fit.
Were as it wont fit after its painted.

Another option to apply it really light is they make what looks like a mason jar with a pump on top. You thin the paint. put in the jar, Pump it up an use it like an areasol can.
All depends on the paint weither you can do that or not.
Good luck

Deer Hunter
September 9, 2008, 11:32 PM
Actually, I was thinking about the places where it touches with the mechism.

So I decided to not touch those places.

I'm going to tape them up during the painting process. No need in doing the extra work and then finding out that perhaps I did too good of a job and now the gun wont fit into the stock.

September 9, 2008, 11:37 PM
Smart man.
If you are not goign to paint those places an you have allready sanded them then you will need to seal them in some fashion.
either by some light coats of sealer,
Or by a oil satin of some kind.
It does not sound like the rifle will see much weather but on the ocasion that you run from the range to the car in the rain. You really dont want the wood going bad from water damage.
Good luck

Deer Hunter
September 9, 2008, 11:47 PM
I havn't touched the places inside the stock where the action and barrel will be placed. I've only sanded and readied the places that will be seen once the rifle is put together.

Deer Hunter
September 18, 2008, 12:03 AM
Alright, so I've just taped up the inside of the 10/22 stock. I found that using medical hospital tape works incredibly well. It's stretch, sticky, and plentiful (I work at an ER, I seem to always find some in my pocket on my way home). Here's a few pictures.

Hasty pictures, sadly. But they work.

I'm going to put the primer on this thing after work tomorrow. I hope to be done with the entire project around monday of next week.

September 18, 2008, 12:06 AM
tape: it makes the world go 'round.

Deer Hunter
September 18, 2008, 12:25 AM
One more thing...

My room mate and I just spent a while working with the paints and brushes on my block of test wood.

What we learned:

1) This can be done.

2) Coloring lucky charms is fun.

September 19, 2008, 08:29 PM
We Want Updates!! Ahh!

September 19, 2008, 09:28 PM
I work at an ER, I seem to always find some in my pocket on my way home

..and if you ever want to go hunting in a department store, you can wrap it in Kerlex

September 19, 2008, 09:37 PM
Send me some nice high-resolution pictures of the charms, and I'll need to know the sizes needed.

Deer Hunter
September 24, 2008, 07:29 PM
Four coats of primer, four coats of paint, and I believe I've got something I can start working with!

First, I have to give props to one very, very important tool I used. A 320 grit plyable sanding block. This little sponge-like instrument is quite possibly the most useful piece of stock sanding equipment I have ever seen. It doesn't wear out like paper, and it's much easier to grip.

Anyway, after I got the stock as smooth as I could get it, I started with the first layer of primer. I let it dry, sanded it a little with the 320 grit block, then put another layer of primer on. I did this four times total.

Then after letting the primer dry once more, I decided to start painting. I put four coats of paint on the stock. There are two or three imperfections that was left over from a spot I didn't catch to sand during priming, but those can easily be covered up with lucky charms.

I'm going to let it dry for another day. Then I can start on the charms.

For this, since using a fine-tipped brush is a real hassle to me, I have elected to use a fine-tipped sharpie permenant marker to make the outlines of the charms. Once those are done, I can use my artistic ability to color in the outlines with the various acrylic paints I have picked up at the local hobby lobby.

Once all that is done, I'll let the paint sit for five days to a week to make sure the acrylic dries completely. I will go over it with two to three light coats of polyeurothane spray to help protect the charms.

I can't wait to get started again!

And the best part is that she has no idea this even exists.

I'll give it to her as a present for when she completes her hunter-safety course this fall...:neener:

September 24, 2008, 08:11 PM
dude, this is rifle is going to be SO COOL! i think that is a really neat idea to give it to her as a "hunter's saftey graduation" present. another neat idea would be to give it as a Saint Patrick's Day gift :D

Deer Hunter
September 24, 2008, 09:23 PM
But St Patty's Day is so far away!

Actually, she hasn't completed her course yet. I'll have to give it to her sooner probably. Oh well, who needs a reason for guns? :D

September 24, 2008, 09:51 PM
who needs a reason for guns

i like the way you think deer hunter. now if only i wasn't flat broke:o.

Deer Hunter
September 30, 2008, 02:20 AM
Not much typing. hand is hurt. Pic worth 1000 words.

enjoy! only one side is painted. will do rest tomorrow.

September 30, 2008, 02:40 AM
hah that is awesome!!

Deer Hunter
September 30, 2008, 09:39 AM
I will say that my artistic skill is lacking, but I feel it gives it character.

September 30, 2008, 10:00 AM
Deer Hunter...pretty neat looking "custom paint job". It DOES give that rifle a whole lot of character.

September 30, 2008, 11:44 AM
Looks good! Now I feel the urge for some cereal...

Deer Hunter
September 30, 2008, 01:34 PM
Thanks guys.

I get the drift, though. I'm no professional painter, and it's a rough job, but I'm having a great time doing it! I'll be finishing it up tonight.

September 30, 2008, 01:46 PM
Then sit back and have a green beer.

September 30, 2008, 05:03 PM
I can't believe this thread has slipped by me for months....

I can't believe you painted rainbows on a firearms...

It you made it with love. Your girl should really dig all the time and effort (and creativity) you put into this for her. That's what girls like: thoughtfulness.

So kudos to you!

PS: She's right. Lucky Charms is the best cereal in the world.

Deer Hunter
October 1, 2008, 01:58 AM
Finished the painting tonight. I'll give it two days to dry, then I'll spray on a few layers of polyeurothane. That should make it hold together well.

October 1, 2008, 08:27 AM
More pix when the poly-coat dries, OK? ? ?

Certainly makes that a 'one-of-a-kind' 10/22.

Deer Hunter
October 2, 2008, 06:19 PM
Finished up the third polycoat today. Put the rifle back together, replaced batteries in the red-dot (I hate leaving those things on!), and took a few pictures.

In my own perfect opinion, this is the coolest rifle in the world. Deal with it. :)

Enjoy. :)

Now, before anyone says a word about the painting quality, lemme just make this perfectly clear...

I'm no Monet! :neener:

Pardon the shakey camera in some pictures. A broken finger'll do that to you.

October 2, 2008, 06:46 PM
Very nice, i'd love to have this rifle :P. You missed a spot near where you feed the mag. but its awesome. How did you break your finger?

October 2, 2008, 06:54 PM
Looks like a to sitting next to the handguns and the clear mag. on it but I think It looks Bad A$$ hope she likes it man

Deer Hunter
October 2, 2008, 06:58 PM
Oh, yeah, the mag-catch-finger-thing. I didn't paint it because it was covered in tape. One of those little brain farts. Oh well.

Broke my finger playing football. I've got it splinted with a 7.62 NATO stripper clip and medical tape.

I bet she'll love it.

October 2, 2008, 07:13 PM
I've got it splinted with a 7.62 NATO stripper clip and medical tape.

Gotta be a med tech:rolleyes:

October 2, 2008, 07:18 PM
Thats a true man right there ... wait he didn't use duct tape :: shakes head in sorrow:: sike thats pretty cool

October 2, 2008, 09:36 PM
Thats amazing. I wish there were girls around here that would be delighted to get a gun as a present. good luck to both of you!

October 3, 2008, 12:04 AM
I'm no Monet!

True................more like a Picasso, but definitely impressionist. :D

October 3, 2008, 12:27 AM
I think that was a great idea, and I am sure you put a lot of work into it. Unfortunately your artistic skills are much like my own:barf:

Why not use some stencils at least?

October 3, 2008, 12:50 AM
It means more coming from his own hand.

At any rate, I like it. :) Now, you just gotta fix that mag. It appears to be empty...

October 3, 2008, 12:57 AM
Best thread in 2 months!

Your artwork is horrid. And I love it.

I bet she will too.

October 3, 2008, 01:06 AM
This thread is killing me.
stop it,
stop it or I will die of laughter

October 3, 2008, 01:25 AM
If you still need molecular and cell biology books, let me know what the ISBN's are. I have a bunch from the last couple years, maybe something you need.

October 3, 2008, 01:43 AM
Looks great man:cool:. It is giving me ideas for something for my wife... she would love something like that. maybe not the lucky charms but every woman deep down would love a unique custom rifle :D

Deer Hunter
October 3, 2008, 02:07 AM
Well she loved it. We're gonna shoot it saturday!

October 3, 2008, 02:11 AM
Grats!!! glad she liked it

October 3, 2008, 07:21 AM
Dont let her out shoot you with that beast of a rifle!

October 3, 2008, 07:56 AM
You fellows are truly on the right track!

I've noticed that the women shooting at the range with factory guns like to have them look fancy...

October 3, 2008, 08:01 AM
I like the finished product.

Deer Hunter, you have at least 5x the 'art talent' that I have....

Besides, if anybody snickers at that rifle, whomp 'em upside the head with it.

Deer Hunter
October 4, 2008, 10:02 AM

I took her to get her hair cut yesterday afternoon, and she then wanted to go "accessory shopping" for her gun.

My thought was "gander mountain?"

Her's was "Mall!"

She went out and started looking for sunglasses and/or earings to match her gun. She settled on a few Columbia shirts when we went to gander mountain to pick up 2 bricks of ammo.

She's wearing the bright green one today, since we're going shooting in about an hour.

I think she likes it. :)

Deer Hunter
October 4, 2008, 07:19 PM
one more bit of bragging, then I swear I'm done.

So I let her shoot it (it was already sighted in). At 25 yards she was eating out the bullseye.

And she had a great time!

October 4, 2008, 11:30 PM
haha nice! How much does the mag hold? 0.o looks like alot..

Deer Hunter
October 4, 2008, 11:36 PM
It's a 25 round Butler creek.

October 5, 2008, 12:46 AM
ahh ok. what groups did she get?

October 5, 2008, 12:47 AM
Thats cool man!

My GF bought herself a springfield XD in 45acp a few months back. Her favorite color is purple so I've been thinking about doing a purple/black tigerstriped XD for her.

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