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Old May 12th, 2014, 06:55 PM   #1
 
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10/22 Takedown accuracy problem

Hey guys I am brand new here. Picked up a 10/22 takedown was thrilled to take it out and try it.

So I researched a ton and finally got a UTG bug buster scope so that it would fit in the bag. Started sighting it in all was going well then I had some real big misses. Thought it was the scope so I went back and kept trying to zero it in and could not get it to hold a zero. Gave up for the day went back a few days later same thing.

Turns out that my barrel loosened up after about 30-50 rounds. I clicked it tight and same thing happened again, it came loose. Anyone else have this issue? I tighten it up so its nice and snug going on and then it gets loose every time after some rounds

Figured the hell with the scope I will try the factory sights! First impression is that the sights are very hard to see through and the gun was shooting way high and left I got it down with a quick adjustment but its still way left. Anyone that can recommend some better sights would be great. Could the factory sights be off from the factory?

I know people love these guns and if anyone has any information that may help me it would be greatly appreciated. I am somewhat dissapointed because I was really excited to get the takedown now I am second guessing my decision!

I am a pretty avid shooter and had a few friends also try the gun and they had the same problems that I did so I know its not totally my aim or lack of it!



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First: Welcome to the forum. It's a great place to hang out, and get some good info.

Second: DON'T panic. Go back and review all of the owner's manual info on barrel adjustment. Then, call Ruger customer service, and have them talk you through the procedure. Good move having other people shoot the rifle.

Some of your accuracy problem could be the type of ammo you are shooting. What type is it? Try another brand and bullet profile to see if that helps.

Worst case scenario is that you send the rifle back to Ruger, so they can fix it. My TD has been flawless for the past two years, and very accurate as well.

No reason to second guess your decision. The 10/22 is a fabulous little rifle, and the TD is just about as much fun as you can legally have!!

Keep us posted.

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I didn't have this type of problem with my TD, after several hundreds shots it holds accuracy good.
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No problems to date with mine either. I did follow a recommendation to tighten the knurled barrel nut hand tight, then remove the barrel and tighten a tiny bit more before reassembling. Makes for a very secure connection that is not too tight, but doesn't seem to loosen with use.

Don't give up on it. Ruger CS will certainly help if the problem continues.
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Thanks for the info guys and the welcomes. We tried different ammos it all pretty much went to the same part of the target (left and high) def some issue with the sighting (when using irons) and barrel getting loose (when the scope was used). I re read the manual it says a bit about tapping the sight in the slide in the direction of where I want the bullet to go. As far as what they say about the barrel tightness I feel that I have it snug as the manual states. Seems every time I shoot it I need to keep clicking the tensioner at least one click to get it back to snug again..
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Thanks for the info guys and the welcomes. We tried different ammos it all pretty much went to the same part of the target (left and high) def some issue with the sighting (when using irons) and barrel getting loose (when the scope was used). I re read the manual it says a bit about tapping the sight in the slide in the direction of where I want the bullet to go. As far as what they say about the barrel tightness I feel that I have it snug as the manual states. Seems every time I shoot it I need to keep clicking the tensioner at least one click to get it back to snug again..
If you need to adjust the tensioner every time you shot, one of two things-- 1) either you are not tightening it enough or 2) you have an internal problem with the adjusting components.

I took my new 10/22 TD to the range last week and after 100 rounds, it is consistently 1-2 inches high at 50 yards. Grouping is within 6 inches and considering my eyesight, not an issue.

I am looking forward to getting a scope mounted...
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I called ruger they were very nice they are going to take a look at it and see what the deal is. I will post an update. Thank you everyone for responding
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the only issues for accuracy on mine is the shooter{me}. went with a red dot and boresighted it and that solved alot of problems, the majority actually.The other issue is distance which again falls back to shooter{me}. Put a Nikon 223 and that helped even more.
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10/22 Take down Shoots high and left

I have the same problem with my 10/22 stainless take down. I take it to the range zero it and it shoots great then after 75 shots it shoots high left.
I picked up an after market stock and barrel and used the original bolt and receiver and put 300 hundred rounds through it and have not had any issues with it shooting high left any more. Shoots where I aim it.
When I get a chance I'm going to put the factory barrel in the new stock and see what happens. Did you resolve the problem with your take down?
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As others have stated, there are specific instructions in the manual for setting up the tension of the adjustment knob. In the other takedown thread I posted a paraphrase of the manual. I know you just sent it back to ruger, and presumably when they send it back it would be safe to assume they will have it set correctly, but how can you be positive? It might be worth doing again when you receive it back just to confirm for yourself that it has been adjusted correctly prior to shooting it.

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To paraphrase from the manual:

Loosen the adjustment knob by turning it clockwise as far as possible with finger pressure. Install the barrel assembly. Tighten the adjustment knob by turning it counterclockwise as far as possible with finger pressure. Remove barrel assembly. Tighten adjustment knob counterclockwise 1 or 2 more clicks. Reinstall barrel assembly. You should feel some resistance when turning the barrel assembly, but it should not be difficult. If further adjustment is needed remove the barrel assembly and tighten or loosen adjustment screw a click or two either way. Following barrel installation, best accuracy will be achieved if the action is dry cycled prior to actually firing ammunition in the rifle
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mrmrules, I bought my 10/22TD about 18 months ago and, fortunately, haven't had any of the issues you describe. In fact, we just love ours. When my daughter and I occasionally go shoot together, I have to ask her nicely if I swap my Mini-14 for a few minutes of variety with the TD; she usually agrees ... begrudgingly.

That said, you made a comment about the front sight possible being loose from the factory. I have read some folks who report this and I think it was true in our case. However, we were lucky that it caused us no problem because I had ordered and received upgraded fron and rear sights from Tech-Sights, even before I took delivery of the rifle. (I didn't realize I was spoiling myself from the get-go, insofar as iron sights go.) I am pretty sure that when I removed the factory front sight to replace it with the Tech-Sights' front, it was a bit loose; I know for certain that it slid right out of the dovetail slot with only a finger-push.

We've encountered the occasional "FTF's" and/or "FTE's" (stovepipes), but I could usually associate them with particular makes/lines of ammo (cheaper/bulk seems worse) and/or a too-dirty rifle. I did replace the factory extractor "claw" with one of the harder after-market offerings, possibly a "VQ".

I can't offer any specifics except to agree with others about how to adjust the tensioner-ring.

I am very curious as to what you ultimately find to be cause of the problem.

Don't if helps or hurts, but, for me, as well as my daughter, after some 18 months and approximately 20,000 rounds through the pipe, the results seem to be getting even better ...



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The OP made his last comment in this thread over 2 years ago, but... Just a comment on the iron sights on the factory barrel being off. Ruger does not sight these guns in. Its up to you to make the final adjustments.
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weblance, Thanks for the update ... on both counts.

It was one of those "wish-could-take-a-nap", distracted moments and I just assumed the thread was more current.

Thanks. Steve
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I know I'm late to the party, but I had accuracy problems with my take-down after I mounted a scope. I thought it must be the scope. Changing scopes and mounts did not help. Turns out the problem is that the sights are on the barrel and the scope is on the receiver. If the barrel moves a little in the receiver it won't bother accuracy much with the irons but will with a scope. Tightening the barrel more than Ruger recommended solved the problem for me. Over tightening the barrel will cause excessive wear on take-downs. I can't take mine down anyway without removing the scope or the rear sight so it works for my application. The take-down is a nice handy little rifle, but if you plan to use a receiver mounted sight be aware of this possible problem.
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I know I'm late to the party, but I had accuracy problems with my take-down after I mounted a scope. I thought it must be the scope. Changing scopes and mounts did not help. Turns out the problem is that the sights are on the barrel and the scope is on the receiver. If the barrel moves a little in the receiver it won't bother accuracy much with the irons but will with a scope. Tightening the barrel more than Ruger recommended solved the problem for me. Over tightening the barrel will cause excessive wear on take-downs. I can't take mine down anyway without removing the scope or the rear sight so it works for my application. The take-down is a nice handy little rifle, but if you plan to use a receiver mounted sight be aware of this possible problem.


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