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Old February 3rd, 2011, 11:39 AM   #1
 
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There was a discussion in the gun shop the other day about .22mag semi-auto rifles and Ruger came up. We knew they had made the 10/22mag but didn't know when they went by the wayside and why. In my catalogs, I see they're in the 2003 edition but not in the 2004. Are there any owners in here that can comment on their rifles; likes and dislikes? Did they work as well as the 10/22LR version?

As for myself, I've owned three regular 10/22s from the early-mid '70s of which I still have two ('73 & '74) and love them. The relatively high price of the magnum ammo however, was probably the reason I never picked up a mag. version.



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Old February 3rd, 2011, 05:09 PM   #2
 
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They were made from 1998 to 2006. You can get this info from the Ruger website.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 08:58 PM   #3
 
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Thanks for the web-site reminder. Should have gone there first, but at any rate my main interest was in what owners thought about them. Good, bad, or indifferent. Were (are) they as reliable as the regular 10/22?

The prices they are commanding now, shows collector interest but that's a poor gauge as to what value the people who bought them to use regularly place on them. This is what I'm curious about.
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I have owned my Ruger 22mag for 12 years now. It is a wonderful little carbine. Mine is used as a rabbit and squirrel gun. Comparing the 22Mag to the 22Lr, the mag does need to be cleaned more frequently. Which only stands to reason. But everything else is pretty equal. Also aftermarket parts and accessories are pretty scarce when it comes the the 22Mag over its little brother in 22Lr. But I wouldn't trade it for the world.

*failures start to happen at the 300rd mark in the 22Mag VS closer to 500 rounds in the 22Lr. And that is just my personal observations with my rifles. Others might vary.

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Thanks for the insight to the .22mag. Deezey.
I had pictured there being a need for them to be cleaned more often than a LR version but wasn't sure and I was beginning to wonder if that was a major problem and perhaps a reason for them being dropped. From your experience though it doesn't sound like the case.
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