I was going back and forth over which 22semi auto to buy. A friend convinced me that a 10-22 was the way to go. It's not that I'm a gun newby: I've competed in IHMSA, skeet, avid hunter (love big bore pistols, and heavy rifles). Never found a need for another 22 rifle other than the one my father taught me to shoot with.
Anyway, age has affected my near vision so iron sights aren't an option which is all that little Remington knock off of a Browing SA-22 will accommodate. Hence the quest for a newer generation rifle that could accommodate optics.
I found a nice used Deluxe Sporter that fit me well, and had a walnut rather than painted birch or flimsy plastic stock. Price seemed right, so brought it home. I haven't fired it yet, having decided to go through the gun first to look for obvious opportunities for improvement. OMG!!
The wood was positively furry inside do to the lack of any attention to the final fit. So many high/lows in the barrel channel plus 'tufts' from the rough routing that it is anybodies guess where the barrel would rest from one shot to the next. I smoothed that some with some very fine paper, then started paying attention to the receiver fit.
Darned pins fell out every time I looked at the receiver. I can understand the trigger retention pins being a little loose, but the bolt stop and magazine release pins too? Then I realized the receiver barrel assembly could not stay centered - there is easily a sixteenth gap on either side of the receiver which means a total side to side of an eighth or more from shot to shot. It looks like the previous owner already replaced the takedown screw with an Allen head and partially crushed the wood bed trying to stop the movement. I don't see this gun keeping a 2" group at 50 yards.
The trigger I expected - I've owned many Ruger pistols and the hard/rough triggers are just st a 'feature' of the Ruger line.
But really - in what world does this gun at its price point considered acceptable quality? Ruger 10-22 are not inexpensive compared to similar competitors ( Rem 597, Marlin, Savage), and the rotary magazine alone does not justify the price delta, nice as it is.
My fix for the moment is to install a BX-25 trigger and a Hogue stock - taking advantage of the aftermarket to fix or mitigate the manufacturing issues. My problem is not the burgeoning 3rd party solutions, but that QC at Ruger has made them a necessity.