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Old December 10th, 2010, 06:13 PM   #1
 
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Question How to find out age of my 10 22?

I am just wandering if there is a certain web site I can run serial numbers of a 10 22 to find out when it was manufactured....any help is greatly appreciated.



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Wildcatman71 ... Here is a link that nails it down to the year of manufacture based on your serial number Ruger 10/22 Serial Number History
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For exact information on your specific serial number, you can contact Ruger's Records Department either by telephone or mail.

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Thank you both very much!! Its kinda weird though....on the list it shows the first 3 numbers 124 as 1984 and 126 as 1985...but my first 3 are 125. Does that make sense??
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Thank you both very much!! Its kinda weird though....on the list it shows the first 3 numbers 124 as 1984 and 126 as 1985...but my first 3 are 125. Does that make sense??
Wildcatman ... As I read the code, it would likely make your 10/22 a later 1984 manufacture. If you want a more accurate date, just give Ruger a call
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Thank you both very much!! Its kinda weird though....on the list it shows the first 3 numbers 124 as 1984 and 126 as 1985...but my first 3 are 125. Does that make sense??


It simply means that during that time, they finished the 124 prefix, went through the 125 prefix and had begun the 126 prefix.
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Howdy:

When calling the Records tellie number, the Ladies will give you the month & year it left the factory... Don't be to saprized to find that the numbers don't go in order, as Ruger jumps around a lot with them, as they explained it to me.

I bought a brand spanken new Model 96 lever action 22Mag, still sealed in the box & everything.... I called the number & the date it left the factory made it 3 years old (most likely laid around in a warehouse some place).... But my buddy ordered one at the exact same time as I & his numbers were much earlier than mine.... But left the factory just 2 months before he made the purchase...
So go figure! Just call me somewhat confused!

So I wrote asking the same questions, & the responce was that they take a block of numbers & hold them for a run that will be made.....Seems kinda odd to me, but if it works for them I am happy!

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I bought a Mod 10-8 S&W new in 1980. I just recently emailed S&W with the Ser# and was told it was mfg in 1969. On the shelf for 11yrs?
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I bought a Mod 10-8 S&W new in 1980. I just recently emailed S&W with the Ser# and was told it was mfg in 1969. On the shelf for 11yrs?
Thats crazy!!! Buy it new....and already a collectors item! ha
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I bought a Mod 10-8 S&W new in 1980. I just recently emailed S&W with the Ser# and was told it was mfg in 1969. On the shelf for 11yrs?
That's odd. The Model 10-8 wasn't introduced until 1977 according to the book ...
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A lot of time, at least with Ruger I know, they'd make runs of particular models and then warehouse them. If orders didn't come in for them, they sat. They'd get inventoried each yr but just passed over. A while back, they cleaned house so to speak and shipped a LOT of long discontinued models. Some had sat for 10 years. New production methods eliminate that now.
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Thanks for the info.
Looked up my 10 22, & came in the ball park of 1997 or 98,
just looking at the casting mark inside & it has 97 on it? but that just a perchance!
I think the castings were made in Bulk lot's & later put together??
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