ok call me stupid but my gun club (clark rifles) does a .22 match on thursdays and i want to participate. not wanting to be shown up i would like your opinions on the best options for making a basic rugar 10/22 into a match grade rifle. thanks in advance for your input. :D
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February 20, 2012, 09:21 PM
What kind of match?.
For most competitive shooting, I would just sell the 10/22 and get a more accurate rifle. You could likely sell, add some cash, get a CZ and likley end up with a better shooting rifle for less money out of pocket.
February 20, 2012, 10:13 PM
I agree... while I feel that my 10/22 is my favorite gun of all time, to try to upgrade one to be a competition winner would be a long haul... That's kinda like those kids you see in the hopped up hondas that they spent thousands on upgrading... Buy a decent used porsche and you're already there is my mantra... If you start with a high quality best of the best platform, and tweak it as needed you'll end up with something truly top of the line for the same amount or less than tricking out your grandma's old civic.
Seriously though, the 10/22 is my favorite gun but my old bronco is my favorite car. It won't be winning any offroad competitions, and to make it do so I could just purchase a military grade humvee.
The money spent on triggers, barrel, stock, getting the action worked, putting a high end scope on it will all add up to over a thousand bucks easy... Now, that said. This is like the old rodeo saying, 'it ain't what you pull up in, but what you pull out of it" so if you've got a pretty sweet shooting 10/22 already and are a fine shot with it, take it in there bone stock and kick their butts with a $200 dollar gun, I guess it would depend on how good the shooters are in your club.
February 21, 2012, 07:54 AM
Lots of speculation here but it depends entirely on what kind of competition we're talking about here. Spending $1000 on a 10/22 may really be the best option. Or the OP could better served with a nice used Anschutz. Ya know, the whole custom heavy barrel 10/22 craze was born out of the need for an accurate semi-auto for competition. Competition for which a boltgun would be entirely unsuitable.
February 21, 2012, 12:49 PM
just a fun match to see if i will like the match thing... not wanting to go overbored but kinda wanna make a good showing. if i like it then i'll have to go buy a new rifle or use my mouser and sporterize it since it seem i cant get any of the pieces to put it back together.:D
February 21, 2012, 01:18 PM
The core of an accurate 10/22 is the barrel. IMHO, inexpensive barrels are not worth fooling with. "Good" barrels come from Clark Custom, Shilen, KIDD and Lilja and start at $200. I would sacrifice other things to get a good barrel. You can make do with a $40 Volquartsen target hammer for a decent 2-3lb trigger. You also need good mounts but they don't have to be real expensive. The factory Weaver base is fine, as are Burris ZEE rings. You also do not need to spend a truckload on optics but buy the best you can afford. It's best to skimp on features and magnification than quality. I would consider a Mueller as an entry level optic for your purposes. The APT would serve well and also be a good general purpose scope. Burris, Leupold, Nikon, etc. would obviously be better.
February 21, 2012, 01:28 PM
I checked out the Clark Rifle web site, and it looks like a rimfire benchrest competition. Those rifles are pretty specialized, and you'd likely spend a boatload of $$ on a 10/22 which isn't likely to be the best choice for RFBR shooting anyway.
If it were me, I'd leave your 10/22 pretty much "as is". Maybe put a mid-level scope on it, and drop in a Volquartsen trigger kit. Make sure all the screws are tight, and spend some time finding the .22LR ammo it likes best.
Edit: looks like CraigC beat me to it.
February 21, 2012, 02:54 PM
There's an awesom book on customizing the Ruger 10-22 written by House. He and his wife and scientists so they have all kinds of data on all kinds of modifications. It is bar none, IMO, the best source of data for what you want to do. I've refered back to it a bunch of times.