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Old 11-22-2008, 06:02 PM
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Ruger 10/22 accuracy?


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How accurate are most 10/22's out of the box? Been looking for a modestly priced squirrel gun and like all the aftermarket stuff but that will be down the road if at all. Just wondering how good they are without all the add-ons?
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:22 PM
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The one thing you need to do is fix the trigger. After that - it may open your eyes. Also play with the tension on the barrel band, if your model has it.

Mine's good for squirrels out to 50 yards or so if I do my part. The biggest handicap isn't the accuracy, it's the light weight of the gun. Tough to shoot off-hand. Marlin 39A much better in this regard.

If you want to do home modifications to the gun, lap the barrel a bit, and if you have a lathe, square up the bolt face.
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Old 11-22-2008, 06:26 PM
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I have been using mine for years with no thouble knocking down shot shells at fifty yards.It is a stock gun except for a made in the USA 3x9 Redfield scope.The stock triger is a little heavy on mine,but I am used to it.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:22 PM
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Most of them are very accurate to scary accurate. Like was said fixing the trigger really helps. If you want to find all about the 10-22 go over here. This forum was started by 10-22 guys.

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Old 11-22-2008, 07:45 PM
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I'd agree with the others- get a good trigger pull on it. Then, get some good sights on it (whatever kind you choose) and the rifle may surprise you.
JMO, but the barrel band is the worst feature of a classic design. The new model without the barrel band is the one I'd get, if I were shopping for a new one.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:59 PM
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I had my trigger done here, it is worlds better, sending my Mini 14 up next.

http://www.greatwestgunsmithing.com/general.htm

Fantastic work, my 10/22 trigger is butter smooth.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:12 PM
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I've thrown a stainless 20 in. bull barrel on mine with a nice walnut stock & a 4x scope. Barrel lift is non existent. Trigger job is next.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:43 PM
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I've used the Marlin 39, the Marlin 60, an Anshultz or three and have an old 62A Winchester. But for consistantly successful squirell hunting I find no peer to my Ruger 10/22's. I've had full race models, target models and straight factory models. The one I use though is the Wal-Mart version of the 10/22, in stainless steel and a 22" barrel. I much prefer my factory issued model with a new trigger. It's no great trick to make it into a 1/2" rifle at 50 yards. But the factory trigger is just awful. My favorite 10/22 is one of the first Magnums to hit the market. But it's far from stock so it won't count. What the LR will do at 50 yards, my .22 Magnum will do at 100 yards. But the barrel is off of a Ruger M77 .22 Magnum and is longer than what came with the Magnum. And yes, I belonged to the Rimfire Central Forum for several years.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:01 PM
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my friend says his is really accurate w/ the short barrel and he is trying to convince me to get one when i get the money
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Old 12-10-2008, 04:47 PM
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The one I have set up for target and small varmints is very accurate.

I haven't really done much shooting with the other one but it also seems pretty darned good.
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Wow. Where did you get the stock on the 10/22?
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:42 PM
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Wow. Where did you get the stock on the 10/22?
I'm not sure which one you mean since they are both 10/22's but anyway,
the top stock is made S&K Stocks. They make the nicest stocks I have seen and mine is one of their nicest I believe.

The one on the bottom is a Nordic conversion kit.
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:05 PM
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I got a 1980s 10/22 for $35 in a pawn show 15 years ago and put a $37 Simmons 4x 22mag scope on it.

That gun was real accurate with the original barrel, until the barrel heated up.
With the Butler Creek 25 round mags and crank mag loader, the barrel can heat up fast.
It killed allot of rodents.

I put a Green Mountain Stainless steel fluted bull barrel and Butler Creek bull barrel stock on it. It was a real ground squirrel killer.

Last year it, the magazines, and the crank loader got stolen.

I bought a couple newer 10/22s for $175 ~ $210 used.
One got a Shillen Stainless bull barrel 22LR Bentz chamber.
I had to mill out the barrel channel in the stock.
I put a 2x7 Leupold scope on it.
It jams.
I opened the chamber a little with a standard 22LR reamer.
The bought some more premium magazines.
It shoots real accurately, but has extractor problems. I have a few brands of extractors on order.

Another 10/22 got a 17MACH2 Majestic Arms barrel with Aluminum shroud and Lothar Walther steel barrel liner. I put a Leupold 2x7 scope on this one too. I put a $150 trigger on it from Superior Tactical Solutions on Ebay. That is a nice trigger.
It shoots two or three shots with the holes touching at 50 yards, and then the flyers start, until it cools down.
It jammed until it got the newer crank handle loader and the newer magazine.

What does it all mean?
I was happy with the cheap 10/22 that always worked.
A year into messing with the expensive stuff, I am still messing with it to get it to work.

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Old 12-20-2008, 06:52 PM
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What kind of groups do you get with that attractive-stocked 10/22?

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All Dawgvet was wanting was a squirrel gun. Dawgvet:: Here is the answer to your simple question. The 10/22 is ok right out of the box. Set the sights or put on a 22 cal. scope. Then go to the woods and shoot squirrels. I've had a "stock" 10/22 for over 20 years and the dang gun has killed a truck load of squirrels. Barrel overheating???? What are you going to do??? Empty a 25 round clip at a squirrel???
Don't worry about all that "stuff". Buy it !!!! Enjoy it !!!! HAPPY HUNTING ... THE GMAN!!!!!
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What kind of groups do you get with that attractive-stocked 10/22?

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1/2" 5 shot groups @50yds.
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:52 PM
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I hear ya'll.

I have a stainless rifle (Wal-Mart, out of box) and I would not consider it very accurate at all.

Must have gotten a bad one.

Reliable, but not a tack driver, by any means.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:11 PM
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Pick up a used one for around $170.
When you order spare FACTORY mags from MidwayUSA.com order the Power Custom drop in parts kit IF the trigger needs it.

That will make major improvements in the trigger if needed.

With everything being OEM right out of the box I expect three quarter inch, 5 shot groups at fifty yards.

If not, unscrew the barrel band retaining screw and slipt the band off. Re-shoot a 5 shot group.

They are very good little rifles. I like both of mine. One's stock, with extended mag release and after market hammer and springs, the other is a full race, heavy barrel, black, bunny sniper rifle with internals swapped out. That one is a one hole rifle at 50 yards for 5 shots.
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