Originally Posted by MeagerHair
10/22's are awesome. Don't lament too much over the first purchase. They are probably one of the most personalized weapons no matter what you buy you will soon be moving and having fun with it.
Heck yeah, and Hi! I just joined the forum to come talk to others about the 10/22. I have a LOT of guns, and it is EASILY the most used gun I own.
Bought it 22 years ago when I moved here. I had a SERIOUS woodchuck problem from years of yard gone forest and untended. I was lucky the local gunshop had the laminated wood stock. SO darn beautiful. I put a cheap $30 Simmons 4x32 on it, and man does that baby shoot, and accurately.
I'm revamping my whole gun collection, and even in a SHTF scenario, it would be an uber important gun for food. I wanted to clean (that almost never happens) and re-zero at 85yrds.
To the OP. I've never even seen the takedown, but I would bet for accuracy with a mounted scope, as already mentioned, fixed.
If you want the best accuracy, skip mini-mags and any high pressure loads. They are more susceptible to windage. I always shoot hollows, because they are cheap but I would think a FMJ if they are available would fly more true than a lead tipped bullet. More consistent shape.
Anyway, at 10 cents a round, you'll shoot the hell outta that gun, and you will really find the "feel" for it as far as drop, windage.. I can put Mini-Mags into a 4" circle at 85 yards all day save for the occasional misloaded flier. They happen, you can hear and feel them when you've shot this enough.
Here is a ballistics and trajectory chart for a 36gr. Mini-Mag sighted at 85 yards. PS, you're going to LOVE this gun.
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So, 10/22 pro's.. I need to do a full breakdown and cleaning of this poor trusty machine. Thinking about upgrading the optics. It's ridiculous that I have Leupolds and Acogs on much less shot guns. I think she deserves an upgrade. What do you suggest for good varmint/plinking at 85 yards?