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Ruger 10/22

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Ghostrider_23, Jul 23, 2007.

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  1. Ghostrider_23

    Ghostrider_23 Member

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    I am thinking about getting back into shooting 22lr's. Now the Bass Pro Shop has a new Ruger 10/22 T, which is the 10/22 with a bull barrel for around $3 and change. I am thinking perhaps it may be more fun to build my own.

    Question:

    Has anyone built their own 10/22 and is it diificult???

    Can anyone give me some good site to purchase 10/22 parts at a reasonable price???

    Would it better better to just purchase one at the local wall mart for $150 and build as I go???

    By building your own, can you really see a difference from just the standard model as far as accuracy goes???

    Lastly, can any of you show me some pics of your 10/22???
     
  2. Rex B

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    Most people seem to buy the Wally World cheepie, keep the receiver, and sell the barrel & stock on ebay. Then order whatever you want from any number of vendors. Midway is a good place to start. You can also find some more obscure sources on rimfirecentral.com
     
  3. MrBorland

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    I can't be much help, other than to refer you to any one of the several 10/22 forums on:

    http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/

    Lots of great info there. For pics, check out the "Ultimate 10/22" link.
     
  4. Ohio Rifleman

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    I could show you a pic of my 10/22, it just wouldn't be very interesting. It's a completely out of the box carbine version with the 16 1/8" barrel and wooden stock. Only thing different about it is that it came with a Bushnell scope. As far as I'm concerned, it's a tack-driver. But, my accuracy standards aren't high, as I just plink for the most part.
     
  5. mjrodney

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    My bride has the 22" barreled version from Wal-Mart and I have the bull barrel version from a gun shop. Both are scoped.

    Side by side and shooting them both, I have to give a very minute edge in accuracy to the bull barrel.

    But it's small. Real small.

    Both can pretty much hold under an inch at 25 yards. Not much more than that at 50. It's really hard to tell given the limits of our shooting ability.

    That being said, you have to really want a custom 10/22 to be able to toss that factory stock and the factory barrel.

    You will want to change out a few of the small internal parts for likely a few Volquartsen goodies, too. Maybe even the bolt.

    Most of your initial investment is now reduced to the receiver housing.

    I'm not sure I would customize a new gun. Maybe a used one that I picked up at a good price, but that's about it.
     
  6. rangerruck

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    you should be able to get a 10.22 t for about 250, all told. otherwise if you wanna build one, get the cheapest newest one you cna, or buy a crappy used one, keep the receiver, toss everytghing else. All the parts you need are right here.http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/

    I went the opposite way, and kept mine very stock looking, but upgraded several parts in the action, and got a trigger job. so it shoots lights out, but looks like one you would buy off the rack.
     
  7. Ghostrider_23

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    internal parts

    What upgraded several parts in the action or internal parts are you talking about????
     
  8. hqmhqm

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    There's a little rubber tube you slip in the back which acts as a bolt buffer, make the mechanism cycle more smoothly. Costs about 10 cents...
     
  9. DoubleTapDrew

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    It's more fun to build your own. Start out with the base rifle.

    I installed this as the first mod on mine (after a scope):
    HammerKit
    Drops the horrible stock trigger pull to a nice crisp 2lbs (or so) and allows you to release the bolt by pulling it and letting it slam home instead of fidgeting with the stock release. It comes with a bolt buffer too, which lessens the impact of the bolt slamming the stock one and quiets the action of it cycling. $50 for the kit
    Get an extended mag release so you don't have to play proctologist everytime you want to change mags. I got a Bell & Carlson one for about $5.
    Get a bull barrel in whatever length you want (mine is 16"). Green Mountain has good barrels for not much money. $110
    Get an aftermarket stock that will accept a bull barrel. I got a Hogue overmolded one since it was cheap, light, and grippy. $70

    It can add up quick but they are a lot of fun to build and play with and are very easy to do. My barrel isn't fully broken in yet but it's putting out .360" (edge to edge) 5 shots groups at 40 yards with Mini Mags. Federal bulk was about .75". Stock groups were 2-3 times that size.
     
  10. Eyesac

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    I built my own, and it was fun. When you're done, you'll have something (kind of) unique. I bought mine, as many others have, new from Big5 and bought a barrel, stock and trigger. All together I've probably spent around $500, which sounds like alot for a .22, but you get to buy stuff at your own pace, and it shoots amazing. lots of fun!
     
  11. TimboKhan

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    I recently more or less finished building my own target 10/22, so I feel like I should be able to answer your questions pretty well. I love THR, but as others have said,www.rimfirecentral.com is the place to be for .22 questions in general and 10/22 questions in particular...

    In order..

    1. Yes! Customizing is very easy, with most parts being "drop-in". Very, very easy.

    2. There are a lot of different sites around for 10/22 parts, but from personal experience, I really like Hornet Products. www.hornetproducts.com. I have ordered from them a few times and have been very satisfied with the service and the products. Rimfirecentral can also help you find stuff...

    3. It's a matter of taste: My roommate has a 10/22T and he loves it. It shoots very well and looks nice. I built mine because I wanted to be able to choose parts and be able to say "I built this". Shooting wise, we are about even. Money wise, my gun has cost me more, but I have also been able to choose the exact parts that I want. I didn't buy everything all at once, so it doesn't feel like my gun is more expensive, but it is.

    4. Absolutely I can. If I really nerded out, I know I could tune it to shoot super tiny groups, but as it is, I can put 10 shots into a dime at 50 yards (off the bench). My standard 10/22, while accurate enough for hunting and plinking, is probably more like a 10 shots into a quarter (off the bench) with the right ammo. I am not the most expert guy around, but the main accuracy enhancement basically boils down to barrel choice. I happen to have bought a Green Mountain barrel, and it happens to be a very, very good barrel. There are plenty of other very, very good barrels out there, Green Mountain just happens to be who I chose.

    Sadly, I cannot because I am too lazy to go take a pic of it. However, I have a stainless receiver with a stainless 18' fluted GM barrel, and my stock is a Fajen Legacy stock (which I personally recommend). Look at that stuff, and you will get a good idea of what my gun looks like.

    Also, keep in mind that you can build a gun to whatever budget. If you want all Volquartsen parts, you can look forward to spending many hundreds of dollars. If you pick and choose your parts, you can probably come pretty close to what I Ruger factory target model will cost. As a matter of fact, you can buy Ruger factory target barrels for cheaper than what I paid for my GM barrel. Also, really all you are going to need is the reciever, so look for bargains in pawnshops. 10/22's are very commonplace, so it shouldn't be hard to find one that you can use as a fixer upper somewhere in the neighborhood of $100.00
     
  12. rangerruck

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    some internal parts to easily change out, recoil rod, recoil spring, hammer, extractor, plunger, plunger spring, buffer rod, mag release, others you can do as well. i also changed out the takedown screw for a s.s. screw and torque wrench..
     
  13. Ghostrider_23

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    Barrel choice

    Which is a better or more accurate barrel:

    Stainless steel

    or

    Carbon Fiber

    Is there a real difference other than weight????
     
  14. dfaugh

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    Or you can buy a Marlin 60 ($125), which will probably be just as accurate out-of-the-box, as your $500-600 customized 10/22.

    Sorry, it just had to be said:evil:
     
  15. rangerruck

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    true, that.
     
  16. Ghostrider_23

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    True but

    Yes but the Marlin model 60 can not be equiped with 30 rds magazines.

    Yes I am lazy!!!!!
     
  17. DoubleTapDrew

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    IIRC people on RFC said the carbon barrels aren't more/less accurate and it's mainly a weight issue as well as the "oooh" factor of carbon fiber. Keep in mind some barrels are just carbon wrapped like the Butler Creek. The true carbon fiber ones only save about 2 ounces over an aluminum barrel like a Whistle Pig or TacSol.
     
  18. CDignition

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    I am building one as we speak. I bought a cheapie Brand new at Wall World Sunday, $194 Bux out the door.

    Sold the barrel already, and will sell stock too...

    I am building a precision Suppressed rifle. I picked up a FA enterprises stock an Volquartsen THM Tensioned CF Barrel WITH comp...they make a 1/2-28 adapter for the comp barrel, that will thread onto my suppressor.

    After I get the base rifle set up, I will tweek trigger parts.

    Do it yourself..But don't bother with hornet Products. They are local to me, and I asked them f I could pick stuff up, they don't do that... Everything they have can be had from Midway or Brownells, usually at better prices (I get dealer Prices with my C&R FFL)..
     
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  19. jkingrph

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    I built mine a few years ago, a stainless in the style of a classic high grade sporter. Stock and barrel from Midway, Trigger, hammer from Brownells. Cannot remember the prices, but the barrel and stock were closout items at fantastic for then prices. The stock was a classic sporter, with shadow outline cheek piece, Neider steel buttplate and grip cap, inletted sling swivles and ebony forend tip.
     
  20. DoubleTapDrew

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    FWIW here's a (bad) picture of mine. Ignore all the junk on the welding table, we were preparing for a trip to alaska.

    16" Green Mountain fluted stainless bull barrel (threaded)
    Hogue Overmold bull barrel stock
    Volquartsen hammer & auto bolt release
    Yellow Jacket bolt buffer
    B&C ext. mag release
    Cheapo Tasco 3-9x scope we had laying around (works fine for a plinker)
    Punches a .360" edge-edge hole at 40yds so far (only about a hundred rounds through the barrel thus far). It feels nicely balanced.

    I'd like to get a suppressor eventually
     

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