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So nobody bought my 10/22 build.......

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  1. Hookeye

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    OK, a bit long winded, but it makes for a better story LOL........

    I got a 10/22 a while back, clean, and wanted a half inch or better shooter at 50 yards.
    The donor rig was IIRC '95 (birch mannlicher). I sold the scope and stock off it, and bought a GM heavy taper 19". Figured the gap would not be bad w a .920" bbl clearance stock, so gave the Victor Titan a go. Volq hammer and it did .5" or better at 50 yards w 12X Leupold (SK match).

    The vertical grip which seems all the rage now, I just couldn't warm up to. Bench it was fine, but for a hunting gun......it just kinda irked me. Plus, I shoot my pineys offhand, and didn't need a 4-12X AO Leupold on it. That scope was on my 700 .243 win, but with no chucks around, I put a 3-9X on it for yotes. The 4-12X was older friction knob and I sold it for almost twice what I paid.

    Good enough.

    So I put the 10/22 up for sale at LGS........where it sat a couple months.
    Took it home recently and thought maybe drop it in synth sporter stock, Fajen made one, EABCO sold them a while back.............all gone, none used............and I hate laminates.Been looking a while, still no luck.

    I did pick up a CZ455 for a light gun and kinda like it. Haven't put 50 rounds through it yet.

    So here I am w this 10/22 build. Figured w the gunshow today, usually not very good (waste of 5 bucks) I'd go in and look for a Contender barrel (PCR rifle has killed the specialty pistol deer market here- plus season was over).

    Walk in and there sits a dinged/worn 10/22 sporter.

    So I decided the day before, to not own any 10/22...........take my build gun as trading stock...........and now end up with two 10/22's. Got a small chip up top and some dings, nothing major except for the chip. I could epoxy it...........but it's small enough I aint doing anything to the stock.

    Run it as is.

    Action was not too dirty................think the poor thing sat most of its life. Top has marks, like many do from scope base/rings. I could pop it apart and Gunkote it. But w scope base it doesn't show, was more concerned about stripped screw holes (I have the Brownells kit to address that if need be). They were fine.

    So............tomorrow a trigger job and bbl clean.

    Of course I need an old Leupold 4X for this, and my M8 went bye bye on my #1 RSI.
    Evidently I slept under a rock as prices on older Leupold have jumped considerably..........I think due to the new models and their angular turret bodies..........the Freedom stuff.

    3 yrs ago I paid 129 shipped for a clean old 4X M8. Paid 175 for a spotless 4X compact that was being sold incorrectly as an EER (so no bids.....yay me). That was 2 months ago.

    Same stuff is 50 bucks higher (or more) now.

    Anyway, I did not want another .22 rifle, let alone another 10/22. But the sporters are neat, and my dad has a minty .44 mag sporter.

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  2. Hookeye

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    So now I have three .22 rifles and only need one.
    Gonna have to make some decisions.
    The ol lady has her own 50th anniv 10/22 black/grey lam w Bushnell TRS25 on it.
    Should clean bbl, do trigger job and see how this shoots.

    My checkered sporter (fingergroove- grail of 10/22s so they say)............did .75" at 50 yards w CCI Blazer.
    My other standard from way back was horrible, but the stock inlet wrong. Fixed that and it was better.
    But I rather dislike the barrel band sporter stocks.

    What I need is a stainless 10/22 that has a steel receiver, isn't machined wrong (scope base holes line up w bore, barrel inlet to receiver is not crooked).........and have it in a synthetic version of the old sporter stock. Closest thing I've found is a McMillan.
    That stock is $$$, and a custom receiver, or build off an old AMT...............uh we aint gettin that silly.

    So this beater might be it. Or not. See how it shoots. I have a reworked hammer and springs, almost as nice as the Volq I have in my target rig.
    Will clean this rig up decent............the trigger is horrible. Proly why the receiver wasn't gunked up badly.............wasn't shot all that much.
    Think it sat on a back porch most of the time.
     
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    I think it turned out great, nice gun!
     
  4. Hookeye

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    Had some paint rubs/dots on it. Has a couple of finish rubs on grip.
    Would be a simple refinish to get everything looking new (stock) except for the chip up top.
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  5. Hookeye

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    grip issues
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  6. Hookeye

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    Filler needed at toe
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  7. Hookeye

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    I say hunt it as is.
    Will have about 2 hrs in cleaning it up, swapping in better hammer/springs.
    Got it at decent price, didn't even haggle. It's worth more than I paid.
     
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  8. Hookeye

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    I just feel bad buying another gun when two I'm not using/needing haven't sold.
    The price was low enough it didn't matter finance wise............just the idea.
     
  9. Skylerbone

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    It never pays to count rimfires, they are the screwdrivers of the toolbox. So many fun and interesting models have been made I’d like to have but don’t (yet). I do still own enough for the 8 of us to each carry 2 and I’m not selling a single one.

    I like that sporter by the way. Were it mine, I’d try ironing the bumps out, scribing the receiver profile then sanding down to it. I bet with a little patience you’d be the only one who ever knew it had a chip there. Great find.
     
  10. earlthegoat2

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    .22s are very addictive to me. I don’t really even like 10/22s and I have still had one, or two....or three at a time for over 20 years.
     
  11. Spats McGee

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    I like that sporter. I've only got two .22 rifles. I think I need more.
     
  12. Demi-human

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    Brownells now sells recivers for the Ten/Twenty Two. I have been interested in building one. If I bought a whole rifle I would be tossing out half the parts. Building one from scratch seems more economical...


    It would be cheaper to build than another AR. I just finished and shot my Blackout yesterday. Maybe it is time for a rimfire build...
    ... like I need another one.:D

    GAAH! Now I'm rationalizing it in my head! Think I have a problem.
    Time of course!

    No, I can stop if I want to, i just don't want to!:)
     
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  13. Rembrandt

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    I think the 10/22 custom build craze suffered a significant slow down when ammo became scarce and doubled in cost. Like building a high performance street car and suddenly gas went to $6 a gallon. May take some time to recover all the entry level shooters that were lost during the .22 shortage.
     
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    One of the fellas at my club told me, when I was (trying to) sell my last 10-22, the reason why it wasn't getting responses was that Ruger had made so many they were simply a commodity item. Eventually it did, to a gent who saw what I put into it and wanted the result, but if not for him, I'd still have it.

    I've owned three now, but never really warmed up to them the way some have. Never liked the chunky stock nor the legion of aftermarket offerings save the Hogue overmolded rubber, but after handling an older one that was going 'sticky', wanted out. Only way I'd get back in that game is if I found a Mannlicher stocked variant, those look classy to me.
     
  15. chicharrones

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    Absolutely. Cosmetically, nothing needs to be done, IMO.

    Congrats on the find. :thumbup:
     
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  16. Hookeye

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    Ruger has made a lot of 10/22s.
    But some models are collectible.
    And I don't mean the current crop of low end synth models in film dip camo flavor of the month.

    My target build.........new parts on sale on a used (like new) action of some age (back when QC was still decent).
    I'll at worst, break even.

    Collector 10/22s?
    I had a factory checkered sporter. Lots of people dunno about those. I knew about em, since my dad was in the RCA.
    So when somebody sold one thinking just a used DSP..............yeah, I snagged it.
    Just too nice for me to hunt, so a collector bought it.
     
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    The 10/22's that are customized don't sell well because a) most people who care enough to customize one will know how to do it themselves so they're just looking for a starter rifle to build from, and b) if the rifle for sale doesn't have EXACTLY what someone wants already, then all they think about is that it's an overpriced starter rifle that they have to customize anyway.
     
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  18. Hookeye

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    The sporter stock (fingergroove) really makes the 10/22 feel good.
    Have had other factory models (standards, DSP, international).
    Sporter for the win IMHO.

    The Talo limited run "carved" sporters feel OK..........like the "pig" one. That gun without the cartoon carving, might have been tolerable.
    The basketweave International model, also a distributor exclusive (whoever that was).............saw on another forum a guy cut that to sporter.
    It looked great.

    Take off basketweave stock alone cost more than I paid for this beater sporter.
     
  19. Hookeye

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    Yup, and they can buy a new gritty 10/22 action with a crooked barrel inlet and plastic trigger housing and feel superior ;)
    Us shooters know the market, and how customizing limits resale.
    Anybody could build my rig for around 550.
    Did mine on a known good receiver (no risk) for 400.
    Not great, but won't lose $ on it.
    GM barrels have a decent rep, and the Titan stock is rigid.
    I just don't like the vertical grip.
    Thought about getting a DSP stock and bedding it.........but have grown tired of wood work.
     
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    I have two, or three. Old model with metal but plate and a stainless model from around 2000.

    I have a GM heavy barrel and volquartsen brake on the stainless one with a Hogue OM stock in ghille green. Can't remember the scope, maybe an old rectangle view Redfield.

    The other has been fitted into numerous stocks, including an old folder and an archangel ar15 looking thing. Spends most of it's time in the factory stock though.

    I couldn't give you an accurate number of 22s that I own, maybe 30? Levers, pumps, bolts, breakopen, and semi-auto. Pistol, revolver, single shot contender, bolt action savage "Stryker type" pistol, rifle, and combo O/U. There's so many types that are all fun to shoot. Plus they are generally cheaper to own and fire than their fullsize counterparts.
     
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    Definitely don't count my .22s. I pick up every one I can at bargain prices. Just had 5 of them out today shooting with my 7yo grandson. He had a ball. Shot up about 350 rds of ammo. Great times.
     
  22. Hookeye

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    I've had about two dozen .22 rimfires over the years, this my 3rd fingergroove.
    Now I have three .22 rifles and only need one.
    LOL
    Need to shoot this one, see if it's a keeper or not.
    I know my build gun shoots. Could drop it in a DSP stock, but new DSPs I've seen have HUGE gap around action and I do NOT want to bed the dang thing.
    Think maybe I mentioned upstream or different thread.........I have grown very tired of stock work.

    Did put the newer style Weaver base on this pig, so the Burris Signature Zee's I had laying around would go on (old style Weaver base too low)..
    So..........I could yank a scope off a different rifle for testing.
    Or just borrow a beater scope off a bud.
     
  23. Hookeye

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    FWIW GB had a VVG sporter, w 2.5X Lyman.
    Checked and bidding is over........$700 plus shipping.
    Yowza!

    There was a SPC at a grand w about a week to go but I didn't follow that one.
     
  24. bannockburn

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    Hookeye

    Think you did alright with the latest 10/22 acquisition. I really like the looks of that Sporter stock. Don't recall seeing all that many of them at any of the local gun shows. Hope things are good to go with it accuracy-wise at the range.
     
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    Like @Skylerbone said scribe the receiver profile and sand down to it. This will prevent anything from catching it in the future and causing an even bigger chip and take care of the chip that is there. It looks to be quite proud of the receiver just waiting to get caught on something.
     
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