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Old 01-08-2014, 02:17 PM   #1
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The Ruger 10/22

There are many like it but this one is mine

Yesterday I was driving to a service call when the customer called to let me know that the parts I had ordered did not arrive. This was all the excuse I needed to stop into a LGS. They had several nice .22 rifles. I looked at a CZ 452, very sweet. I looked at a Marlin model 60 that was tempting at $179. Then I saw the Rugers two beautiful Manlicher models, one other model with a green stock. Too bright green for my taste. Then I noticed the Carbine, probably the only one left in the country that 303Lithgow hasn't bought up.
I really hadn't intended to buy one but it just seemed to need a good home. I decided on it because I primarily shoot indoors and don't need a long range gun, Yet! So maybe a CZ is still in my future when I get retired and can find a good range for one.

I got this sweet little rifle for $235 including the tax. Rifle price was $219 I am happy.
I haven't shot it yet but I did break it down and clean and frog lube it. I know I am going to need to work on the trigger. And I think I will order the Ace in the Hole sight from Ruger for it. http://shopruger.com/70974-10_22-Ace...uctinfo/12938/

Any recommendations for making it a better shooter will be greatly appreciated. I don't want to go over the top expensive but I want to make it as accurate as I can for a relatively short range rifle. About 25 to 50 yards is what I am looking for sub 1 inch groups.

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Old 01-08-2014, 03:45 PM   #2
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Looks like a nice 1022, Seabee. I'm sure the 1022 Master, himself, 303, will add to some of my suggestions.

Typically, out of the box with a scope, the carbines I've shot are inch and half to two inch guns at 50 yards. Now and then, you'll see one that gets down to an inch at 50, though. Either way, absolutely nothing wrong with that kind of accuracy in a little carbine. In my opinion, that is well within expectations for the gun's setup and design. Our mid 80s Sporter Deluxe, for instance, is an inch and a half shooter at 50 and we are very happy with it. It's more than accurate enough, certainly, for 25 yard work. Indeed, back in the day, I used out of the box 1022 carbines as squirrel rifles. The idea that every little 22 should shoot an inch or less at 50 yards is a lot of internet hooey.

First thing and probably the easiest accuracy mod is the trigger. 1022s are not known for having great triggers. If yours is a current version with the plastic trigger guard, you can use a drop in Kidd trigger kit. I put one in my now traded off Charger and it worked wonders.

Probably the surest thing you can do to improve accuracy is an aftermarket barrel. Here, again, I went with a Kidd barrel on my Charger and it took groups from inch to inch and a quarter all the way down to sub half inch. I really shouldn't have sold that 1022 "pistol", but that's me.

My advice would be to proceed, slowly, however. It is way too easy to go down that 1022 upgrade and mod road and end up spending more than what it would have cost to buy a more accurate out of the box 22 in the first place. At some point, you will find yourself no longer shooting a 1022, but rather a hodgepodge of aftermarket parts. Personally, I think the charm and fun in shooting a 1022 is shooting the little carbine for what it is - a fun little plinker. Don't be in a rush to lose that.

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Old 01-08-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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First shoot it to see what kind of groups it gets. Most of mine have the original barrel but I modify the triggers. Some I've bought expensive Kidd or Hornet triggers but most I send to Brimstone for a little trigger work. For $35 he can do a basic job that will make a light yet safe trigger. The triggers are easy enough to do yourself but he will often exchange parts with others to give everyone a better trigger. I had one older metal one that was within tolerances but just barely. He had old parts and exchanged them for parts that better matched each other.

A simply four power scope also works wonders. And don't forget to use good ammo for tight groups.


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Thank you both I knew I would get good advice from you. I definitely do not intend to turn this into a Frankenrifle. I like the size of it and will keep the original barrel on it. I do like the brass bead front site but still have the problem seeing clearly with the rear site so far forward. That is why I am going to get the peep sight from Ruger. It will allow me to put a scope on it as well for when I need it. 303 thanks for the link to Brimstone I may go that route first before buying a kit. I do want to keep cost down.
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I have a by-pod that came with my Charger and fits the 10-22 with sling stud .

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I have a by-pod that came with my Charger and fits the 10-22 with sling stud .
This gun doesn't have a swivel stud on it and I was thinking about getting a replacement barrel band with built in rails and a slot for a sling from Promag.
http://www.amazon.com/ProMag-Ruger-C...s=promag+10+22

But then a swivel stud would be cheaper and I could buy your Bi Pod and save some money. PM me with a price please.

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TGR you are a gentleman, I don't care what 303 say's about you

I took her to the range today and she is a keeper. I had a fit with the stock sights though so I am looking forward to putting the Williams Ace in the Hole set that I ordered from Ruger this morning. That will give me a peep with a rail and a red fiber optic front post. That should help a lot. And a scope is definitely going to be added soon.
When I could see the front post she shot exactly where I was pointing. I had to keep the range short so I could see the target clearly enough to make up for not being able to see the front post. Not great shooting but that was me.
Also I took the trigger assembly apart and polished everything up while watching the You Tube videos from Brimstone this morning. And it felt pretty good but I will probably be sending it to them after I shoot it some more.
All shots from barrel rest, CCI Minimag 40 grn. round nose

First range trip new 10/22

First three rounds at 15 yards High left couldn't see the front post clearly. POA center bull.


Second three at bottom at 10 yards POA bottom of bull.


Three more POA center bull 10 yards.


And finally that is a total of twenty rounds.


I continued to shoot a total of 75 rounds fifty CCI and 25 Remington thunder turds. I had a few light loads in the turds but they cycled okay. All in all a good day at the range with the exception of needing new eyeballs.
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Here is a super and easy way to do a trigger job on a 10-22 and there is none better with stock trigger group .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UW7Y...eature=related
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this is a good upgrade too .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6cSmF1eIXY

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Looks like you're having fun with that 1022, Seabee. Good for you.
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You go RSB!!!! Congrats on your 10/22 and enjoy your mods! I always learn new info from you guys, thx for posting.
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I added a Bipod thanks to our good friend Mr. Gun Runner.
And I put my TRS-25 Red Dot on it.
And My Ace in the Hole Williams Peep and front fiber optic, and a BX-25 shipped from Ruger today. And another gentleman from the Ruger forum is sending me a Volquartsen Bolt buffer pin for free.
So far the only other thing I have done to it is take a file to that hideous bolt lock. It works like it should now.
I am thinking that this thing is going to compete with my Henry for fun to shoot honors.

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Nice looking setup. Do we get another range report with the bipod?
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Haven't shot it yet with the bipod but as soon as I do you will know.
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Haven't shot it yet with the bipod but as soon as I do you will know.
Maybe there is a Charger in your future.
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Maybe there is a Charger in your future.
I recently saw one in a shop in South Carolina. I couldn't buy it there
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Yup, has the looks of a stretched out Charger, alright.
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Yup, has the looks of a stretched out Charger, alright.
Yes it is I am thinking about taking a rasp and files to the stock to give it a better feeling grip. It feels a little fat to me. I remember you had a post about your Charger that you did some thinning on. I have handled some other rifles that feel better and have a good idea what I would like to do.
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If I was you I would take that front barrel band off and throw it away . I would free float the barrel for accuracy and reshape the front of stock like I did on my no3 Ruger which is the same shape and band used on the 10-22 and stipple all hand position . Ask NCG how she like the grip on the IZZY . If you like I will tell you how to do it .




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