Do 10/22 bolt buffers do anything?


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G.A.Pster
November 5, 2008, 04:13 AM
Do 10/22 bolt buffers do anything, or are they just a gimmick?

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mljdeckard
November 5, 2008, 04:19 AM
Maybe. I'll put it this way. I'm glad I have a buffer in the slide of my .22 conversion kit for my 1911, because I shoot hot ammo in it.

It's a 5 cent nylon washer marked up to a couple of bucks. What can it hurt?

Jubjub
November 5, 2008, 07:14 AM
The most noticeable effect that they have is to quiet the sound of the action cycling. With the factory steel pin, there is a loud clack every shot as the bolt hits the stop. With a buffer installed, the sound is much softer and less harsh. It's especially noticeable with guns that have synthetic stocks, which seem to amplify the noise.

CajunBass
November 5, 2008, 08:10 AM
I'll let you know later. I just sent a trigger off to be worked. The guy said he'd toss in a few bolt buffers when he sends it back.

I don't guess they'll hurt anything.

2FNSLO
November 5, 2008, 09:38 AM
It seemed to quiet down my action a little. More noticeable with the suppressor installed. Compared to some of the other money I've spent on this thing, it was probably worth the $5.

DoubleTapDrew
November 5, 2008, 01:41 PM
Yes, especially with a can on. The stock buffer is steel. The aftermarket ones are synthetic/plastic. It goes from "clack-clack" to "pff-click" when cycling.
It won't turn your unsuppressed .22 into a pellet gun but it does quiet down the action and IMO worth the few bucks they cost and easy installation.

CRITGIT
November 5, 2008, 02:13 PM
They'll quiet the clack...that's about it. Homemade versions are everywhere. Try a .25" fuel line with an appropriate sized finishing nail throught it. Just my .02 which is about what this one will cost.

CRITGIT

G.A.Pster
November 5, 2008, 04:54 PM
As far as homemade ones, what kind of material are the buffers made out of are they like the same material as an AR15 buffer bumper, or are they softer?

And do the recoil buffers wear out?

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Dookie
November 6, 2008, 02:59 AM
They quiet the action as mentioned but they also reduce a LOT of vibration, they really make it a smooth rifle to shoot.

The buffer can wear out, but it takes a LONG time. I have a 1022 buffer, that's the actual name of the company, same buffer as the weapon craft just a different color, been using it for a few years, not more than a few thousand rounds, and there is no wear whatsoever.
I believe they are a polyeurothane, there are other buffers that are of different materials, but these are the most popular, not the best, but the most popular.

I have an R/T in my HM2 conversion which is considerably harsher than the 22LR and have about 10K through it, not a bit of wear, just some discoloration from getting very dirty.

CajunBass
November 6, 2008, 11:43 AM
As far as homemade ones, what kind of material are the buffers made out of are they like the same material as an AR15 buffer bumper, or are they softer?

Quite a few people on RimfireCentral, use a nylon bolt they cut to the right size. 1/4" bolt, 3" long, with the threads cut off, and the head thinned down to fit if I remember correctly.

G.A.Pster
November 7, 2008, 12:58 AM
Thanks all, for the info. :)

TonyDedo
November 7, 2008, 01:40 AM
In my opinion, it makes the recoil feel "smoother" with a buffer in there. If you're not upgrading anything else on your 10/22, I wouldn't bother. But if you're taking it apart and ordering parts already, it's worth adding one to the build. They're so cheap, it's not going to break the bank to pick up a couple up and see the difference yourself.

pgeleven
November 7, 2008, 03:58 AM
it turned my 'clack' into a 'thud'. i do believe it will be more beneficial to my rifle in the long run

Renton83
November 7, 2008, 04:22 AM
Getting a bolt buffer was the first mod I did to my 10/22. I just didn't like the loud clank each time I fired. With the buffer in I find not only it's more pleasant to shoot but I think it improves reliability a bit because when the bolt hits the buffer it tends to bounce off more than with the steel pin, my opinion anyways.

jackstinson
November 7, 2008, 11:19 AM
The first and best modification I made on my 10/22 a few years ago. It eliminated the "clack", smoothed out the cycling, it's easy, and it's inexpensive.

nalioth
November 7, 2008, 11:42 AM
One of the very few "recoil buffers" sold today that actually improves the function of your firearm.

benzy2
November 7, 2008, 12:36 PM
I have heard of the rare situation where over years of use the bolt hitting the steel pin has turned the holes in the receiver a bit oval and that a bolt buffer would have stopped that from happening. I don't know how much truth there is to that but it is a story I have heard. I bought one and it does quiet things down a little. For the money it isn't bad. Its one of the few things on my 10-22 I don't regret spending the money on.

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