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Old January 5th, 2017, 12:30 PM   #1
 
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10-22 accuracy issues..

I have a new 10-22 with what may be issues but leaning more toward the ammo. I have a bushnell 3x9 on it. Bought a good gun rest from cabelas last week to really dial it in. At 50 yards my grouping is all over a 5 inch group. Now I'm not blaming the gun. I'm using Remington golden bullets which I find to be very very dirty and it wouldn't surprise me if its the ammo. I haven't ran anything else through it yet but I have some CCI and Winchester at home. Does this sound like a gun issue or ammo?



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I have a new 10-22 with what may be issues but leaning more toward the ammo. I have a bushnell 3x9 on it. Bought a good gun rest from cabelas last week to really dial it in. At 50 yards my grouping is all over a 5 inch group. Now I'm not blaming the gun. I'm using Remington golden bullets which I find to be very very dirty and it wouldn't surprise me if its the ammo. I haven't ran anything else through it yet but I have some CCI and Winchester at home. Does this sound like a gun issue or ammo?
Buy as many different kinds of 22 LR as you can find, and try them all. Chances are, you will find one that your gun "likes" more than the others. Then you can try to buy that ammo for your rifle in the future.
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You may have answered your own question. Try the CCI and see if your accuracy improves. If not, take off the scope and try it with just the factory sights. If it is still off, you may have your answer.

I'm not claiming to be a marksman but from my experience, the 10/22 is very accurate right out of the box - regardless of the ammo.

On the bright side, if there is an issue with the rifle, Ruger will make it right. They have superb customer service.

Good luck.
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Oh, and understand that rimfire guns are all unique in what ammo they like. If your buddy says brand X shoots dead nuts accurate in his 10/22, chances are pretty good that brand X will be mediocre to terrible in your 10/22.
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If I was shooting 5"+ group I would double check all of my scope mounting screws for tightness.

Next, I would have another accomplished shooter try the same target and range to see if there is any group size deviation or if he shoots a 5"+ group.

If the scopes ok and the other shooter shoots a 5+ group then you could start investing in ammo. The first two items to try are free while ammo usually isn't.
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10/22's are particular about the ammo they like. I also found, some shoot better a little dirty. Just keep it lubed.
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Yes, some 22s are picky about ammo...........but 5" groups at 50 yards? That's likely not ammo choice fellows. He has a problem somewhere
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I'd give it a good cleaning, fresh lube, make sure the scope mounts are all nice and tight and give it another run with different ammo. If it still groups bad, I'd dump the scope and see what the iron sights are like at 25 yards, then out to 50 yards.

My first guess is ammo. But it could be the scope. My old Bushnell 3x9 got added to the Grandkids Toy Box. If all else fails, Ruger does a great job of backing their products.

None of my 22's are really ammo picky, but there are/is a LOT of JUNK 22 ammo out there on the market. The one I use the most and have always been the most reliable are the CCI mini mags. Both old and new ones.
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I'm using the lead sled solo from cabelas. Guys I'm an absolute idiot as I'm sitting here I forgot to mention my M&P 15-22 was doing the same thing. Another thing I forgot to mention was I didn't put weight in the sled like I was suppose to. What a rookie mistake. As much as i dislike the golden bullets I can't blam them yet. I can't believe this. Will report back this weekend when I weigh the sled down.
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Never had a problem with the Remington golden bullet in fact my Browning Hunter .22 Semi Auto pistol just loves them, as does my two 10-22's. I've never found them to be exceptionally dirty either. Note you might check your scope mounts as was previously mentioned. BTW welcome aboard, I'm sure you will find this forum very interesting.
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i got a 10/22 with a Laser Max and this .22 is spot on... i mean spot on shooting from the hip ...it is dialed in !!
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Possible non-ammo related factors:

1. The shooter

2. Scope defective/not mounted properly/loose

3. Rifle is not screwed into the stock (takedown screw loose)

4. Shooting setup (bench wobbly, not properly steadying gun with sandbags, bipod, or rest)

5.The shooter (did I say that already?)

The 10/22 stock trigger is not known for its excellence. Sometimes it just takes practice to learn to shoot a 10/22 well.
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Yeah guys I'm going to go ahead and blame myself for now. I only have about 200 rounds through it. I will clean and lube her up good.


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I read that barrels come from factory with a protective coating that needs to be removed before 1st use. Failure to do so could affect accuracy. Not sure if that is correct.
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I'm using the lead sled solo from cabelas. Guys I'm an absolute idiot as I'm sitting here I forgot to mention my M&P 15-22 was doing the same thing. Another thing I forgot to mention was I didn't put weight in the sled like I was suppose to. What a rookie mistake. As much as i dislike the golden bullets I can't blam them yet. I can't believe this. Will report back this weekend when I weigh the sled down.
You only need weight if the recoil can move the sled. Not going to get that with a 10/22
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