Ruger Charger vs Ruger 10/22


January 2, 2009, 12:06 AM
Been looking at picking up a Ruger 10/22 for a while now, but have just become interested in the Charger. Is this basically a 10/22 in a smaller package? Are you going to have similar ballistics, accuracy, range, and muzzle velocity?

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General Geoff
January 2, 2009, 12:17 AM
The Charger is a 10/22 action with a shorter barrel and pistol grip, sans shoulder stock. So basically, any ballistic differences will be the result of the shorter barrel.

January 2, 2009, 03:54 AM
pick up the charger, IMHO. you can get a 10/22 anywhere, chargers are not as common, and what accuracy you WILL lose with a smaller barrel, you will more than make up for it with the fun of having a hi-cap capable pistol thats cheap as hell to feed

January 2, 2009, 05:59 AM
My Charger gives me an avg. of 200 fps. less velocity than advertised for Stinger's, Quik-Shoks, and Velocitors. I'm getting 1.5-2" gps. @ 100 and 4-6 @ 200. I'm using the PFI 3-9x Rapid Reticle scope on it. This is my favorite small game hunter.

January 2, 2009, 10:17 AM
sscoyote, the 100 and 200, is that yards or feet?

January 2, 2009, 10:57 AM
200yrds seems pretty long for 22lr

January 2, 2009, 01:57 PM
I was thinking 200 yards seems a bit long myself.

January 2, 2009, 01:58 PM
You won't have similiar accuracy, because it doesn't have a stock, so you won't be able to shoot it as accurately.

What you get should probably depend on whether or not you already have a .22 rifle

January 2, 2009, 02:04 PM
I already have a very accurate and fun to shoot .22 rifle, but it's a bit of an antique and worth more than all my other guns put together, so I'm afraid to take it out anymore. So I guess that means go with the 10/22.

January 2, 2009, 04:36 PM
Compared to a standard 10/22, I don't think the Charger would give up too much in accuracy, as long as you shoot it off the bench.

If you do decide on the rifle, I've read that the 10/22 Carbine barrel/band limit accuracy somewhat, so you may be better off trying to find a Walmart that has the 10/22 Rifle in stock. Be warned though, the newest Ruger 10/22's have switched over to a painted finish instead of bluing/stainless. The black doesn't look to bad, but the stainless now look like they were sprayed with primer.

January 2, 2009, 09:14 PM
I just finished putting an Nordic AR kit on my new Charger this looks like an AR pistol. There were a couple of things that I didn't like about the Charger vs. my 10/22. One is that they coated the inside of the receiver with that texture crap that's on the outside. The stuff was rubbing off and chipping from the bolt, making all kinds of a mess. So I had to strip all of that crap off the inside. I also installed a hammer, adjustable sear, and springs in the trigger group and was a PIA because of the polymer housing. I had to clearance several areas of the housing. The bolt was rubbing on the top of the trigger housing, so that had to be clearanced. In the middle of the housing, it was bowed inwards, so that had to be clearanced for the hammer shims to work. The whole polymer thing just wasn't as precise as the metal one from the 10/22. Are the newer 10/22's like that as well?

January 4, 2009, 11:47 AM
Yup, Plastic is the new metal on all of the new 10/22's I've seen, Ruger added the extended mag release, but switched to a plastic lower.

I haven't stripped a new 10/22 rifle or carbine, but I'd guess the new design also are coated on the inside of the receiver as they have the same finish as the Charger.

January 4, 2009, 12:19 PM
Different strokes for different what you want and your wallet can afford.

Personally, my 10/22 hasn't been out of the safe since I bought a Henry lever action .22.

Again.........reread the first sentence.

January 4, 2009, 08:52 PM
I found an all weather 10/22 "old style" today and added it to my collection.

Jaybird, I will agree that lever guns are fun, I have a 9422 that is a blast to shoot. But....having a 10/22, a 25rd mag, a brick of .22, and a bunch of soda cans spells an afternoon of fun.:D

January 4, 2009, 09:03 PM
Hum sounds like the new Ruger Charger is the the new gang banger weapon. A .22 LR is about all gang morons can handle any why

January 4, 2009, 09:04 PM
A 10/22 is far more versatile.

That Charger isn't much good off anything but a bench.

January 10, 2009, 09:30 PM
"200yrds seems pretty long for 22lr"

It is, but not impossible. I can't remember how many MOA is needed for that range with an 80 yd. zero. I'll check when i get home.

'Course, u could run it yourself, figuring a .08 BC bullet at 1440 mv. on JBM's website.

January 11, 2009, 02:50 AM

Lloyd Smale
January 11, 2009, 11:20 AM
looking at one at the buddys gunshop the other day and though with a lathe to cut some threads on the barrel and a permenently attached arrestor long enough to make 16 inch total and put on a 1022 stock inletted for the suppresor i might finally see a use for a charger. But then it would probably just be cheaper to start with a 1022

Armed N. Free
January 11, 2009, 06:28 PM
Hey Gunmaker!

Where'd 'ya get the cool 10/22 drum mag? Also, can I get metal guts (mags, mag well, release, trigger guard, etc.) for my 10/22's anywhere?

My Charger is awsome fun. I mounted a BSA STSRGBD30LL (red,green or blue dot) with laser and kryton light on the tac rail. 10 rounds in 1.5 inches at 50 yds from the legs, in 6 inches standing, 10 rounds in 6 inches at 100 yds from the legs, in 12 inches standing. Lowlight walkup starting from 25 yds, rifle hold with the laser, 10 rounds in bullseye. Not a "tack driver" but still good for a "pistol"!

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