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Old March 12th, 2017, 07:17 PM   #1
 
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Bolt Buffer Pins: What do you use and why?

I'm new to the Ruger 10/22 and even shooting in general. I started shooting this past Thanksgiving and built this 80% receiver this past February. I've pumped about 1200 rounds through her, and on a bipod, I've gotten my grouping down to about a quarter at 50 yds. Not bad for a month of shooting, but I want it even better. Today, I pulled my gun apart for a much needed cleaning and also to polish the sear and hammer interface. The trigger pull sits at about 2 lbs 10 oz and I think I can get it down another pound or so. I was kind of hoping to do this all in one day, but I knew I was sunk when I pulled out the Viton covered bolt buffer pin. It was destroyed! I am pretty certain that I will not be able to get it back in, so I took a break and ordered a few different ones to try out. You can bet that I'm not going to be caught without them again.

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I purchased a couple of the viton buffers to use up a fleabay card and installed it the other day. I went to the range, no issues after 300 rounds but I'll keep my eye on it.

I replaced a diy buffer I made from a 1/4-20x3" nylon bolt that I purchased at a major home supply store($3 for a two pack). The nylon buffer has about 2500 rounds fired and looks like the day I made it. I only tried the viton buffer because I had a gift card and the steel inner pin piqued my interest.
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Did you remove and inspect it?
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Did you remove and inspect it?
Yes, as soon as I read your original post I checked. I'm going to leave it in and see how long it lasts. Tuffer buffer seems to be the consensus best.

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I have 2 ruger 10/22's, one target, on standard, both customs and I run the buffer tech polymer recoil buffers in them. I believe the are made of delrin, which is pretty tough. I have used the same ones for atleast 8 years without any damage to them. They seem to smooth down the action of the gun when cycling. I also run buffer tech buffers in my sks, mini 14's, and mini 30 with no issues. $10.

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I've been running a DIY buffer made from 1/4" O.D. nylon hose with a roll pin insert. Cost 30 cents for 1' of hose and I had a bunch of pins from a Harbor Freight assortment kit. Made 3 of these buffers back in December 2012 or January 2013 and I'm still using the first one I installed with several thousand rounds fired.
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So really, Delrin is pretty inexpensive compared to what they're charging us. I just ordered Delrin, Teflon and PVC rods (solid) and will cut/test each one of them. I wonder if there is a list of the diameters of the other pins? I guess I could go look at the drill bits I used when I drilled the pin holes in my 80% receiver.
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I'm new to the Ruger 10/22 and even shooting in general. I started shooting this past Thanksgiving and built this 80% receiver this past February. I've pumped about 1200 rounds through her, and on a bipod, I've gotten my grouping down to about a quarter at 50 yds. Not bad for a month of shooting, but I want it even better. Today, I pulled my gun apart for a much needed cleaning and also to polish the sear and hammer interface. The trigger pull sits at about 2 lbs 10 oz and I think I can get it down another pound or so. I was kind of hoping to do this all in one day, but I knew I was sunk when I pulled out the Viton covered bolt buffer pin. It was destroyed! I am pretty certain that I will not be able to get it back in, so I took a break and ordered a few different ones to try out. You can bet that I'm not going to be caught without them again.



So, what do you use? What makes it the choice for you? Extra karma for providing links!


I'm not sure how useful or safe it is to have a hair trigger on a 10/22. You say your at about 2.5 pounds and you want to get it a pound or two less. Unintentional discharge here we come.
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The Ruger one works just fine for me. Its a 22LR not a .308
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I use KIDD bolt buffers. They make some of the best parts you can buy for a 10/22!
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I'm not sure how useful or safe it is to have a hair trigger on a 10/22.
I don't want a 'hair trigger' and never said I did. I want a 1.5 to 2 pound pull on my range rifle. Of course, if you can't handle a light trigger, then DON'T GET ONE. They are not suitable for the inattentive shooter.

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I use KIDD bolt buffers. They make some of the best parts you can buy for a 10/22!
I got those and they are nice. I only shot about 20 rounds day before yesterday and pulled it out last night and there was no deformation like on the viton covered pin.
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I'm not sure how useful or safe it is to have a hair trigger on a 10/22. You say your at about 2.5 pounds and you want to get it a pound or two less. Unintentional discharge here we come.
It really depends on what you use it for. If shooting from a bench only,there is nothing wrong with a light trigger. Using it for plinking or hunting is a different story.
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It amazes me how many people spend a fortune on a gun designed to be a fun plinker and easily shoot 1 MOS ( minute of squirrel ) out of the box. All I have done to mine is give it a complete de-burr to slick all the parts up and wrap some black tape around the area where the trigger group goes into the stock to get any play out of there. It shoots better than I do.
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I'm using a VQ bolt buffer. Made of a clear polyurethane material. I don't have but about 400 rounds on it, but it's not showing any signs of wear.
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