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Old December 31st, 2016, 02:27 PM   #1
 
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Glad My Grandson Ruined My Squirrel Rifle

About a year ago, my grandson talked me out of my old Ruger 1022 Carbine (my squirrel rifle). I gave it to him with the caveat that I can use it for an occasional hunting trip. He was okay with the deal.

Well the day after Christmas my buds invited me on a two-day squirrel hunting float trip. I contacted the grandson and told him I was leaving the next day and wanted to use the 1022. He said no problem and he'd bring it right over.

I was gathering my gear when he walked in carrying this awful looking tan and black plastic thing called a rifle. I realized he stripped away the wood stock and most everything else and put on this plastic camo AR looking stuff. I could see that it was no longer my trusty old 1022. I just looked at him and told that it was too nice for me to hunt with and he should take it home.

I jumped in the truck headed to a local gun store to get another standard 1022 Carbine. I shouldered a couple and they felt okay but the triggers seemed to have a terrible trigger pull weight of 8 or 9 lbs.

About then I looked at the end of the gun rack and saw a little wood and stainless steel rifle and asked the salesman what it was. He said, "It's a high-priced 1022 that's no different than the carbines you're looking at." I asked to see it. The little gun felt similar to my old carbine but a bit more refined. I noticed the stainless barrel was longer than the standard carbine and the hardwood stock had some pressed-in checkering, sling swivels, and a rubber recoil pad that seemed to slightly increase the length of pull.

He checked his inventory number and found out the gun was a Ruger 1022 Model 1149 Sporter. He was right when he said it was the same as the basic carbine but it had a little higher price tag.

I decided to buy. It was not so much for the looks or stainless 22" barrel but the sweet trigger pull. Ruger does not put a special trigger in those rifles but it was just a random production assembly that just turned out right. It was light enough for accurate shooting and heavy enough for hunting at 4 3/4 lbs.

It came with one 10 round magazine and I wanted a spare but all they had was a Ruger BX-25 25 round magazine so I just bought one. The gun was perfect with the 10-round mag but a POS with the BX-25. I had the opportunity to shoot it before we took off and the BX-25 was fine for about 50 rounds then turned to rubbish. I'm going to get another 10-round mag for a backup and give that awful BX-25 to my grandson. (He'll love it.)

The Sporter is a wonderful rifle that's accurate and very reliable with a 10-round mag and a great buy for under $300. As it turns out, if my grandson hadn’t “ruined” my squirrel rifle I wouldn’t have my new sweet little rifle that nobody’s talking me out of.




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Congrats, OP! You have what has been famously called the "Walmart Special," so named because it used to be a special model exclusive to Walmart stores. Now it's a Lipsey's Exclusive, available from any Lipsey's dealer.

They're cool guns. The stock is the same sporter stock as used on the DSP model, except its birch instead of the DSP's walnut stock.

Should make an excellent squirrel gun.
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I love a gun story with a happy ending. You got a sweet new rifle and your grandson gets a BX25 that will probably run great in his modified gun. Win, Win! Enjoy shooting and hunting with it in 2017.
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Nice story. Glad you were able to find another rifle to your liking!
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Congratulations on your new squirrel gun! I have one of the deluxe sporter models. Sweet 10/22s for certain.
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Congrats to you Sir.
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Enjoy your new squirrel gun. I had an old 22lr over .410 that was my favorite, my nieces son is now it's proud hunter.
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Congrats on a nice find and a happy ending.

I take it that it WILL be a finger breaking offense for relatives to touch it?
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Nice story, I too gave my deluxe to the daughter and still miss it.
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I bought a 10/22 Sporter last year just like the one you described. In my opinion it's one of the best hidden gems out there. Beautiful wood checkered stock and the only 10/22 with a 22" barrel.
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Congrats on your now two month old rifle. Also kudos for not making your grandson feel bad about modifications he had made to your previous 10/22.
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I think you should rename this post. Seems your grandson did you a favor. He didn't ruin anything. Different strokes for different folks.
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Congrats on your new rifle. IMO the 22" Sporter is the best all around 10/22 Ruger makes. I have one in stainless. I replaced the wood stock with a Hogue over-molded camo stock and it's a terrific all weather utility rifle.
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About a year ago, my grandson talked me out of my old Ruger 1022 Carbine (my squirrel rifle). I gave it to him with the caveat that I can use it for an occasional hunting trip. He was okay with the deal.

Well the day after Christmas my buds invited me on a two-day squirrel hunting float trip. I contacted the grandson and told him I was leaving the next day and wanted to use the 1022. He said no problem and he'd bring it right over.

I was gathering my gear when he walked in carrying this awful looking tan and black plastic thing called a rifle. I realized he stripped away the wood stock and most everything else and put on this plastic camo AR looking stuff. I could see that it was no longer my trusty old 1022. I just looked at him and told that it was too nice for me to hunt with and he should take it home.

I jumped in the truck headed to a local gun store to get another standard 1022 Carbine. I shouldered a couple and they felt okay but the triggers seemed to have a terrible trigger pull weight of 8 or 9 lbs.

About then I looked at the end of the gun rack and saw a little wood and stainless steel rifle and asked the salesman what it was. He said, "It's a high-priced 1022 that's no different than the carbines you're looking at." I asked to see it. The little gun felt similar to my old carbine but a bit more refined. I noticed the stainless barrel was longer than the standard carbine and the hardwood stock had some pressed-in checkering, sling swivels, and a rubber recoil pad that seemed to slightly increase the length of pull.

He checked his inventory number and found out the gun was a Ruger 1022 Model 1149 Sporter. He was right when he said it was the same as the basic carbine but it had a little higher price tag.

I decided to buy. It was not so much for the looks or stainless 22" barrel but the sweet trigger pull. Ruger does not put a special trigger in those rifles but it was just a random production assembly that just turned out right. It was light enough for accurate shooting and heavy enough for hunting at 4 3/4 lbs.

It came with one 10 round magazine and I wanted a spare but all they had was a Ruger BX-25 25 round magazine so I just bought one. The gun was perfect with the 10-round mag but a POS with the BX-25. I had the opportunity to shoot it before we took off and the BX-25 was fine for about 50 rounds then turned to rubbish. I'm going to get another 10-round mag for a backup and give that awful BX-25 to my grandson. (He'll love it.)

The Sporter is a wonderful rifle that's accurate and very reliable with a 10-round mag and a great buy for under $300. As it turns out, if my grandson hadn’t “ruined” my squirrel rifle I wouldn’t have my new sweet little rifle that nobody’s talking me out of.
I have sort of your story in reverse. I retired a few years ago and my kids got me a plain 10/22. Trouble was, it had a plastic stock and a rough trigger. Now, they don't know about guns but they got a bangin deal on it because it had been dropped and had a gouge in the stock. So, after I got it, I ordered a wood stock on clearence from Midway and a BX trigger from grabagun. long story short, for under $250 I have a dream rifle, perfect for old arthritic hands, no plastic checkering and a real nice trigger. Since then added a center point 4 x 16 scope and a nice tripod. I am going to shoot it soon in a wiley coyote match , hope I do as well with it as I do with my old marlin.
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