Ruger 10/22 .22LR

Watermain

Active Member
#1
Does any member have experience of the Ruger 10/22? I've just bought a second-hand De-Luxe for not much money, thinking that it might be a bit of fun to use a semi-auto, as a change from my old super-perfect set trigger Krico.

Dry firing it, it seemed to have a creepy, and heavy trigger, but I guess I can stone its vitals up a bit to improve that. I wondered too about free floating the barrel, although a chum told me that he'd heard that a small area of contact should be left near the front of the fore-end. It's a pretty thin barrel, so maybe it whangs up and down a tad without a bit of support.

Yes, I know there are better .22s for the same money, but I just fancied it.

I'm not expecting MOA at 100 yards with this thing, but I guess it'll be pretty good medcine against the pesky squirrels and magpies. With a moderator and sub-sonics, they won't remember a thing. Does anyone have inside info on the best sub-sonics? I'm still long-stocked on ancient RWS., but maybe there are some magic alternatives.
 
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Bradley

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#2
Ruger triggers are alway terrible , but you're right with a bit of carefull stoning and file work they can be made pretty good. I've always preferred full floated barrels.

Eley subs are now pretty good. well they are in mine anyway. I don't like RWS r/f ammo as I have had problems with it in the past. LApua make some decent stuff but it can start to get a bit pricey.

I have read and heard good things about Aquila ammo and 10/22's
 

Jason

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#3
There's a place in shop in yorkshire who specialise in modifications for the ruger 10/22. For the life of me I can;t remeber what there called but in short you can get different stocks fro them, barrels, trigger mechanisum's etc.

In fact in this months sporting rifle magasine there is a modified ruger 10/22 featured in it.
 

stuartp

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#4
The shop you are thinking of is South Yorkshire Shooting Supplies.

They do all the bits you need to 'trick up' a 10/22 (some may say all the bits you need to make it shoot in the first place! :oops: )

If it were a bolt action I would say Wincester ammo for pure whacking power, and Eley's for slightly less whack but a tad more accuracy.

Ammo for a 10/22, you will have to experiment, some of them don't tend to like subs very much at all as cycling is a well know problem.

The website for SYSS is:

http://www.rimfiremagic.co.uk/

Get your wallet out!
 

Watermain

Active Member
#5
Aha! I've collected the 10/22 and it's a little gem. The semi-auto is great with Winchester subs.

Just gently, I'd mentioned the crappy trigger to the shop, and rather than have me dissatisfied, they fitted a brilliant new Volquartsen mod FREE OF CHARGE. It now lets go at about 2.5 lbs, and is pretty crisp too.

I'm damned lucky to live so close to a decent gun shop which has a really good in-house gunsmithing facility.

I dealt with Andy at Lambert and Wiltshire in Ringwood, Hampshire; and if Rob will forgive me, I think such service deserves a mention. This is why customers become regulars.

Thanks for all your inputs chaps. I went to the Rimfire web-site, and WOW. It seems the cheapie 10/22 can be made into a very expensive wee creature. It reminds me somewhat of my miss-spent undergraduate youth in the 1960's, when I bolted expensive bits onto my Mini Cooper S to make it go faster. WHAT a foolish boy I was. And not so different now - THANK GOD.
 

Alycidon

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#6
If you are rabbiting at night then the Butler Creek steel lipped 25 round mag is a handy bit of kit. The thing with the semi is that you soon go through ten rounds. Only put about 22 in it though as they tend to jam with any more in.

What sort of groups are you getting out of it with subbies?. I had to have my newish 10/22 carbine rebarrelled with a Shilen barrel some 12 years ago to make it shoot humanely.

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Watermain

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#7
Alycidon:

I'm hoping to get it going tomorrow, if it's not too cold to hunker down on some sandbags. If not, I'll certainly report back to you. I have quite a lot of old RWS subs, which are out of favour at the moment. Anyway, I don't think they will cycle in the 22/10. I used to have a brilliantly accurate Brno .22 Auto, but it often wouldn't spit the cases out, so I went to bolt action. I hope the little Ruger behaves itself. It's nicely quiet with the Sako moderator, but not as quiet as my Krico with a Parker Hale used to be.

This 22/10 offers quite a sub-culture, doesn't it. There's no end to the folks who will take your money to make it a better gun. It's a shame Ruger, or someone else, doesn't make a stock SUPER .22 Semi Auto.
 

rh120

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#8
10/22

Got one got it second hand years ago, yes the trigger is crap thats the first thing i changed can,t remember what to, it likes Winchester sub-sonics but it still jams every so offten the joy of a semi -auto ,i floated the barrel it made it a little better, Parker Hale moderator 6x44 S&B and a lazer for close in work or of the hip done away with 25rd mags to much bother to fill them but 5 10rd ones give the rifle a better profill and they don,t get in the way. :)
 

2428 miles

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#9
Yeh, great little rifles, a lot of fun.
I’ve had one for years and get a grouping the size of a squirrels head at 80 yards. No special gadgets or any of that. She’s a proper workhorse.
Strip and clean the action frequently and she never jams.
I give it top marks.
 

wirehair

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#10
i have used 2 different 10/22s over the years and have had nothing but bother with them and traded them in for the ever reliable Bruno,the 10/22 was for ever jamming ,the mag had to be kept spotless and it cost more rabbits and ammo than it was worth.
 

john.d.m

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#12
Used to have a 10/22, was ideal for what I done with it, it used to live behind the seats of my Hi-lux, was so handy could get it out dispatch rabbits,foxes or crows out of the window without having to open the doors or anything, the stock seemed to be made from a piece of railway sleeper 4x2 took all the knocks and bangs with no fuss and was indistructable realy but will admit wasnt the most pleasing to the eye or the the best trigger in the world.Did the job though.
 

Alycidon

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#13
Watermain said:
Alycidon:

I'm hoping to get it going tomorrow, if it's not too cold to hunker down on some sandbags. If not, I'll certainly report back to you. I have quite a lot of old RWS subs, which are out of favour at the moment. Anyway, I don't think they will cycle in the 22/10. I used to have a brilliantly accurate Brno .22 Auto, but it often wouldn't spit the cases out, so I went to bolt action. I hope the little Ruger behaves itself. It's nicely quiet with the Sako moderator, but not as quiet as my Krico with a Parker Hale used to be.

This 22/10 offers quite a sub-culture, doesn't it. There's no end to the folks who will take your money to make it a better gun. It's a shame Ruger, or someone else, doesn't make a stock SUPER .22 Semi Auto.
Theoben came in a few years ago with a fully sorted AMT version of the 10/22, I bought one, glad I did but had to have the rear of the chamber opened up half a thou as it clagged up very easily. It was designed in the states for Lapua pistol match, a solid point that went straight through. Killed rabbits yes but not on the spot, after sorting the chamber it handled Eley subbies fine.

What killed it was the price (800 ish) and the fact that Ruger brought out the 10/22 target at about half that or less. Less than 30 sold in the UK, mine is my favorite rimmy.
 

alled12

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#14
Topline semi

Watermain
I was told that the best semi available is the Walther GSP however it is I believe more of a target rifle and at almost 1000 quid second hand its a bit steep for a plinking toy. Its a shame that the same action was not used in the G22 as it would have made it an excellent little semi.
 
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Bradley

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Alycidon said:
Watermain said:
What killed it was the price (800 ish) and the fact that Ruger brought out the 10/22 target at about half that or less. Less than 30 sold in the UK, mine is my favorite rimmy.
You can pick up 10/22 targets now for very very reasonable money.

Get the barrel cut back to about 16" and you have a very accurate, fast handling rifle on your hands. Most of the keepers and vermin control boys have gone over to them.
 

Andy L

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#17
I have a Ruger 10/22 with a target barrel and moderator. It was the first rifle that I ever bought and I remember being told when I bought it that it had all the standard bits ripped out and guchy bits put back in. They did tell me at the time what had been done to it but I am afraid it went in one ear and out of the other.
After listening to you all saying that you ruger jams, having the shiny bits put in has obviously made a difference. I get nice even trigger pulls, very very few jams and it is extremely accurate at 70 odd yards. I use winchester subs and would not change the little plinkler for the world!
:lol:
 

Alycidon

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#18
I was talking to a riflesmith the other day, he reconed that a rimmy barrel is not shot in untill it has had 80,000 rounds through it. So on the strength of that no problem buying a used TARGET if you can find one,

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