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.
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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