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Ruger 10/22 rediscovered and modification thread/hopefully with pics

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Browning, Aug 18, 2007.

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  1. Browning

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    The Ruger 10/22 Rediscovered

    Since ammo prices on centerfire rifles has gone up I've been spending more and more time at the range with my lowly Ruger 10/22. It was the first rifle I bought when I turned 18 (many moons ago) and although I shot it alot when I first got it, it found it's way to the back of the closet gradually after a year or two and then later to the back of the safe where it had resided ever since.

    Well it's been dragged out again and after staring longingly at other guys Ruger 10/22 mods over at Rimfire Central . Com I've finally started to do some of my own slowly but surely.

    Today it got a Nikon 3.5 - 14 X 40 MD scope (that was going to go on a different rifle originally) with a Weaver base and Burris rings. Anyway I took it to the range today and I don't remember what kind of groups it got before (as I haven't shot it in a long time), but damn it was accurate. I was actually able to hit the tacks on the side of target paper once I got it sighted in. A ten shot group was about the size of a silver dollar and a couple times I was able to bear down and get nickel sized 5 shot groups at 50 yards and quarter sized 5 shot groups at 100 yards with regular Federal copper jacketed HP's that I bought for less than $12 @ Walmart.

    Even when I didn't do my part as well the high magnification glass helped tremendously. Now if only it had a better trigger, some better ammo, a better stock and a better barrel, think of what it could do then. I was kind of getting the rimfire bug before, but now it's a full blown disease and I feel the need to reach out to others afflicted with this terrible affliction. I was thinking about getting a Bell and Carlson Anshultz stock, a new trigger and a Carbon Fiber barrel for it before, but now it's taken on some urgency now that I've had a taste of what it can do.

    Some of the ideas I've got rolling around for it.

    http://www.gunaccessories.com/BellCarlson/Ruger1022.asp

    http://www.eabco.com/102204.html

    http://eabco.com/Ruger1022Barrels.html

    http://eabco.com/images/ruger102206.gif

    The funny thing is that this started as a way of SAVING MONEY. :rolleyes:

    So what have you guys done to your Ruger 10/22's??? Anybody been spending alot more time behind one as the result of ammo prices on centerfire rifle ammo? Anything new that you added that you'd like to share? Best ammo that you've found for rimfire plinking? *Gun Pics Of Your Ruger 10/22 Modifications Are Also Much Appreciated*

    I'll join in with some pics when I get that barrel and stock and once I figure out how to post them.
     
  2. GRAPHIX

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    Dear BROWNING,

    Try www.hornetproducts.com they carry a complete line of accesories for your plinker. I'd send you some so so pics of mine on this thread, but I haven't figured out how to do this yet.
     
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  3. flynlr

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    I am trying to get the ugliest 10/22 possible. :eek:
    getting there.
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  4. Browning

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    Thanks, it looks like a good site.

    They've got a bunch of different Bell & Carlson stocks, just not the Anshultz stock that I wanted.

    They've got a bunch of carbon fiber barrels and triggers though.
     
  5. Browning

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    Who was it who said "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"?

    Besides I think it looks pretty good for a field .22 meant for plinking.

    More importantly how does it shoot?
     
  6. W.E.G.

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    Best ammo for all my .22's (including the 10/22) has been CCI Mini-Mag.

    The "bargain packs" always seem to be inconsistent and/or underpowered.

    Mini-Mag is top shelf ammo.
     
  7. Browning

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    Does anyone know of which .22 match grade ammo that's affordable? I remember CCI made some kind of match grade ammo called "Green" something or other, but I can't remember the exact name. Does anybody know which ammo this is?
     
  8. PTK

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    I'm not certain if it's match grade, but I tend to use CCI MiniMags and CCI standard velocity. When hunting, they make a SGB (small game bullet) that works well.
     
  9. alucard0822

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    I just finished a quick build of my wal-mart 10-22 carbine that has previously only been busted out to introduce new shooters. With some help here in the THR markeplace, some detail work polishing the lockwork and bedding the revival discounted "irregular" stock, I have a 22 that at least looks the part, and ran $200 in mods, not including some parts I had laying around from other rifles haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, but I have high hopes, and will post a pic as soon as I get home from work.

    butler creek fluted stainless 20" barell courtesy of Riley007

    Yukon extreme thumbhole stock in electric blue

    The single best mod any 10/22 owner can do for $35, auto bolt release and 2lb trigger
    http://www.shootersdiscount.com/cart/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=9

    bedded the action with some bondo polyglass I had laying around. polished all the pins and bearing surfaces, reangled the sear to match the new hammer, polished the firing pin cleaned and lubed everything

    and an unknown model of tasco 3-9X40 scope I didn't know I had, on quicksite rings (found with the scope) and a weaver base

    I will see how it feels to shoot in it's current config, and possibly upgrade the glass (looking at a nikon prostaff 3-9X40), put in an adj trigger, and target bolt handle/guide/spring.

    It will be nice to have a tackdriver to go along with my buckmark hunter
     
  10. MarineTech

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    It's CCI Green Tag, and it's not bad. It's not exactly match, but it's a step up from their normal plinking fodder. Cheaper than most match ammo too, and I've yet to find a .22 that doesn't shoot decently with it.
     
  11. koja48

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    Browning ~ Winchester power points shoot best out of mine, but for about 1/2 the price, American Eagle 37gr HPs shoot right respectable groups. Include adding a buffer kit/pin to your planned mods . . . easy, cheap, and saves wear & tear on the bolt. If carbon fiber barrels were readily available when I modified mine, I likely would have used 1 of those rather than the SS Midway match barrel, but it is a shooter, just a tad heavy. You can also adjust the spring tension of the factory mags to whatever ammo you settle on. Now I'm going to have to consider a Bell & Carlson stock so I can "save some more money."

    Fly ~ Nice job; just seeing that would scare small game to death. Now if you really want ugly, get a shot of me in the photo . . .

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    My 10/22 has always performed best with CCI MiniMags; nothing even runs a close second. And while accuracy was fine with the iron sights, putting on an old Weaver K2.5 just made things even better. The only other mod I have for the gun is a Butler Creek folding stock, which is as good of a fit as the original factory stock.
     
  13. Browning

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    Hmm, never used either one. Mostly I used CCI Mini-Mag, Remington or Federal HP's just because they seem to do fairly well and they're all pretty cheap (10 to 12 bucks for a brick of 500 rounds). I get the copper jacketed ones just to help keep it a little cleaner and to avoid lead fingers. Plus they always seemed a little more accurate.

    What does that consist of? I've seen those plastic rubber buffers that reduce wear and tear on your gun before. I think that they're made by Buffer Tech and it's just a piece of rubber that you stick to the back of your reciever so that the bolt isn't hitting the reciever, or something like that.

    I'm assuming that this is more of a spring and pin kit from the description.

    Yeah, I like the idea of a carbon fiber barrel just to reduce weight as it'll be pretty heavy just from the scope, rings and B&C Anshultz stock. I don't want to add more weight than I have too. The stock that you have on it looks about the same as the B&C Anshultz does, what stock is that???

    Very nice, mine will look, feel and probably shoot pretty much the same as that one does.

    That's pretty much what I'm going for anyway.
     
  14. koja48

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    Browning ~

    It's a replacement pin (believe it's made out of some type of polymer/nylon?). You drive the old steel pin out as you drive the new one in. Over time, the rear of the Ruger bolt will deform from slamming into the stock steel pin. Eliminates the loud "clack" as the rifle cycles & supposedly speeds-up lock time a tad, tho I've never noticed this if it does.
     
  15. Browning

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    Awwwwww I see, okay thanks.

    So what stock did you have on there??
     
  16. koja48

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    Hogue, but the outer "skin" is starting to flake in places, however, this rifle has bounced all over Montana & Wa state over the years. I like the design of the Bell & Carlson, but I'm a southpaw & didn't find the one I liked suitable for lefties. I put one on the 10/22 I assembled for my Son, also . . . for the money, it was pretty darn "kid-proof."
     
  17. Browning

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    Okay, thanks.

    It looked more like a target stock with a vertical grip from that angle, but I guess that it's just an illusion.

    The Hogue 10/22 overmold stock seems popular and it's a hell of alot cheaper, but I like the Bell & Carlson better. It would make a little more sense as far as my budget goes, but sometimes with stuff like this being practical budget wise has nothing to do with it, there's just what you like and what you're drawn to.
     
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    Dont bother with Hornet Products... go to Brownells, they have all the same stuff at better prices.

    Heres my 10/22
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    Heres my 10/22

    Nice, CD, but I fear a wood stock would take a scabbard beating on my annual, Montana, "ride your ATV benchrest" gopher safari every year. That's the great thing about 10/22s . . . there are a ton of accessories/parts out there.
     
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    The best price for the B&C Anschütz-style stock is from Midway with dealer discount (FFL or C&R), $151.

    If you are serious about that type of stock, however, McMillan makes the same profile but better built.

    (B&C at the bottom)
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    Are the stocks "lefty-friendly" ???

    Wally ~ That Wolf ammo made for some nice groups!
     
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    A lot of guns really like it, and its cheaper than CCI Green Tag -- can still find 500 round bricks for $30-35.

    Aguila is another inexpensive ammo that performs very well in some guns and so is also worth trying.

    --wally.
     
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    Unfortunately, no. The strong hand grip area is cut for right hands only. That goes for both B&C and McMillan.

    B&C does, however, offer the Odyssey which is similar in shape to the Anschütz-style stock with adjustments and is lefty friendly. Will cost mor, though. (bottom)

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    I run Wolf Match Extra through the gun posted (which also work extremely well through some other .22 lr guns I have).
     
  25. koja48

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    Thanks, hk . . . and here I thought the "curse of the southpaws" ended many years ago when I was able to find a left-handed catcher's mitt . . .
     
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