Help with an inherited Ruger Model 10/22 Carbine


May 31, 2004, 11:54 PM
Hi all -

I recently inherited a wonderful Ruger .22. Problem is - I am a handgun person and don't really know how to care for my new prize.

Searching on the threads on this site have not been too helpful thus far. I will hit The Firing Line site next, but in the meantime, if you can spare a quick response, I would appreciate a little advice on:

1) How to care for a wooden stock (products that have worked for you), and

2) Advice on sighting with a mounted Bushnell Sportview scope (I'm in focus, but am shooting consistently to the right and low - Just shot it for the first time today - Yay!)

Thanks again, and I will continue the research.


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rust collector
June 1, 2004, 12:09 AM
Congratulations, you're an heiress. What a thoughtful legacy.

Most 10/22 stocks are birch, but some are walnut, some laminated, and some plastic. Assuming a wood stock, not much to be done with them other than an occasional waxing with a stock care or basic carnauba wax. Easy does it--slippery stocks can be annoying. If it's chewed up a bit, some filler might be useful, and if it's dented, it's sometimes possible to raise the compressed wood with a damp cloth and hot iron. There are so many aftermarket stocks on 10/22s that there's a plentiful supply of original stocks that have been replaced.

Sighting in the rifle is a matter of trial and error. Remove the caps from the turrets top and right, then move the dial in the direction you want to move your shots on target. It's usually helpful to get windage, the right turret, dialed in first. Sometimes the adjustments can be balky, but eventually you'll get it sorted out. You will probably get more detailed info here, or can try for further instruction. If the scope has an adjustment on the front bell, make sure that it's set to the distance to your target.


June 1, 2004, 12:57 AM
An easy way to sight in any rifle, especially if there is someone present to help, is to fire a three shot group from bench rest, aiming, of course, at the center of the bullseye. Then aim at center of target and have assistant hold rifle steady on the sand bags while you adjust the scope to center over the (center of the) group. Your next shots should center the bullseye if your assistant was able to hold the rifle steady.

Simple, but it works! Enjoy your "new" rifle.


Badger Arms
June 1, 2004, 01:14 AM
HPS1: That works great if you have a vice. Excellent advice.

With 22 ammo, I usually just do the trial-and-error thing. Always shoot three to five shots while aiming at the center of the target. The center of this 'group' should end up in the center of the target. That's the easy part. Unless your scope is mounted sideways, there should be marks under the turret covers which explain how much adjustment is being made for eacy 'click.' Generally, if you are shooting at 25 yards to sight it in you will need to adjust four times as many clicks per inch in the correct direction as the scope says to do at 100 yards. Worry about the left-to-right adjustment first. For a 22, you probably want it hitting the center of the target at around 50 yards. This is an all-around plinking range that should hit most close-up stuff just fine.

You should clean the bore of the barrel only rarely. It's not a 9mm, you don't need to clean the crap out of it. Cleaning it too much will ruin the accuracy.

June 1, 2004, 07:45 AM
Lots and lots of .22 stuff here. .

June 1, 2004, 11:12 AM
Thanks very much for the responses!

This gem is in perfect condition, and the LAST thing I want to do is mess it up. I'm going to check out shortly.


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