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Old April 5th, 2017, 05:13 PM   #1
 
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Time for new 10/22 barrel?

I have an old 10/22 I inherited from my Dad. It has many thousands of rounds down the barrel, and was grouping erratically so I tried bedding the rear of the receiver and pillar bedding at the action screw, with bedding near the front of the forearm to put a bit of upward pressure on the barrel.
Accuracy is improved at 25 yes but starts opening up at longer ranges, with a lot of dispersion at 100 yds.
Is it time for a new barrel?
Thanks for any input.
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Old April 5th, 2017, 05:35 PM   #2
 
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Welcome to the forum!

You can find a wealth of information on the 10/22 here. Many members have forgotten more about 10/22's than I will ever know.
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Are you shooting Winchester ammo? Just saying, Mine shoots like that with Win Super-X. Check the crown. If it's damaged, that could be the cause. Or the barrel may need a good scrubbing. Make sure the barrel screws on the V block are not loose. If none of those things apply, you may need a new barrel.

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I am shooting Super X 40 gr plated high velocity and also tried T-22 40 gr std velocity.
Didn't check the barrel screws, but will check the torque on them, the crown doesn't look bad (no dings) but I will check the trueness.
Also may try some Federal Gold Match and see if there is any improvement.
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Following Bozz's thought I would try different ammo first. All my 10/22 like CCI standard and Mini Mag. Remington bulk ammo seems to shoot well. I'm of the opinion that 22's are great to 50-75 yards. I rarely shoot them at 100 yards. I know others here might shoot longer distances. I guess it depends on what you need it to do for you.
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A lot of people don't believe in cleaning rimfire barrels. I'm not one of them. Over time they can lead up and develop a lead/carbon ring in front of the chamber that can rob accuracy. If you haven't given the barrel a good cleaning I would do that and don't shy away from using a good bronze brush. I would take the barrel off and clean it from the breech, with a good one-piece rod. Liberally apply a quality gun solvent and then brush with the bronze brush. Then put some IOSSO on a patch and work on the the chamber and leade, to remove that lead/carbon ring. A dozen or so back and forth strokes in chamber/leade area should do it. Then wet patch to remove the IOSSO and then dry with 3-4 dry patches. This should get your barrel pretty clean unless it was a total wreck. Reinstall the barrel, making sure everything is nice and tight. If this doesn't bring it back to where it should be (and be aware that this is not a match barrel and that there are lots of accuracy robbing conditions at 50-100-200 yards that will move a .22 rf bullet a long distance) then a new barrel is worth a try. However, if you do not have wind flags and the skills to read those flags and dope the wind, that alone can be the problem. Shooting a .22 rf at those distances is not easy.

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Try CCI SV ammo.
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Thanks for the suggestions. I will give them a try.


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If all else fails and you decide to change the barrel you can find many good barrels for 10/22 on EBAY, GUNBROKER, AMAZON, etc. Just search for RUGER 10/22 REPLACEMENT BARREL. You can get Blued, Stainless, Graphite, Composit, in every size and shape. You did not state what your Dad's 10/22 is . . . .

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Unless the barrel is seriously rusted, or very leaded, I doubt that a new barrel is needed. I have a (1930's-era) Mossberg bolt-action rifle, .22LR, which had had multiple thousands of rounds through it, and it still shoots tiny groups at 100 yds. It ain't a Ruger, but it is a .22. Its barrel was NEVER allowed to rust or become leaded.
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I'd be first making sure it's fully cleaned and there's no buildup of lead in the rifling. Scrub it good. I wouldn't have bedded so hastily and certainly not the barrel itself. Baby steps...
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