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Old November 4th, 2010, 02:29 PM   #1
 
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Building a Ruger 10/22 from scratch

If you are intending to customize a Ruger 10/22 is it more feasible to buy a stock version and go from there or build entirely from parts?

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Old November 4th, 2010, 03:25 PM   #2
 
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building 10-22

I started with a 10-22 t stock

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Old November 4th, 2010, 04:05 PM   #3
 
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Having built a bunch now (working on #'s 13 and 14 now) I'll offer the following:

• Decide on what you want - looks, performance or a combination thereof and decide which is priority

• Decide on a budget. This could be mild to wild so be realistic in the beginning but aware that it could change up or down.

• Start looking for the parts that'll give you what your desired outcome will be. The big names you know well are not always the best or most economical choice. In some you simply pay for the name and gain nothing over the lesser known brand same item.

• Match parts...to me it makes no sense to buy the top line barrel and then use bottom end on another part. Same idea as buying the aftermarket receivers and then using a middle of the road barrel. If you want top performance, you'll pay for it but don't pay the $$$ just to say, "I have brand A's barrel". All that will mean nothing at all unless it will shoot and mating grade A+ with grade D...why bother? Also, consider ammo as well. The better barrels have tighter chambers and don't all work well with the bulk ammo. Why buy the match grade barrel if you're gonna shoot cheap plinker grade ammo?

• Double check all you have chosen and make sure it'll all go as one. Correct ring height, scope size, finishes...

• Order, assemble,, enjoy!


All that said...unless you're wanting to build a top flight competitive level 10/22, start with the basic carbine. You'll have a useable gun until you get all the parts collected. If you're wanting the top-flight level...wrong forum. All mine have been built on Ruger receivers. One pending build I'll go to the next level and will use either a Kidd or TacSol. Will it make a difference? Perhaps but again, it's not just one part doing the work, it's the combination of all the parts working in conjunction giving the best performance. The barrel and trigger will be at that level too.

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Thanks for the helpful insight, its appreciated
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BlkHawk73 described my path exactly. I started off recently with a rock bottom stock carbine from Dick's ($189). I already knew I wasn't going to be competitive but wanted the look of a much bigger rifle and the ability to reach out to around 100-150 yards. I scoured postings on a number of sites (mostly this one!!) to gather info as this is my first firearm. I put about 100 rounds down range right out of the box to begin my decent into madness before I broke it down and began modifying. Poly bolt buffer, bipod, painted stock, muzzle brake and a 9x scope was my first round (less than $100 from Ebay and Dick's). I've put about 500 rounds through her in this configuration and am at my first real brick wall as I feel I'm being limited by my choice of ammunition. My next round of mods will include a good aftermarket barrel, lightening up the trigger, and experimenting with ammunition. Decide on a game plan then go for it. You can make some small mods and go play. Then come back and address the problem areas before you play some more. I never imagined I could have this much fun with such a small caliber firearm.
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I always start with a used stock rifle. I sell of parts as I replace them to reduce costs parts I buy. The older the gun, the more desirable the parts (metal trigger groups, walnut stocks, etc.)
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Whatever you choose, good luck!
WIsh I had that tallent!
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