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I have been looking around this forum for more information and thought ...
Hello everyone I am new to this forum and wanted to introduce myself.
I have been looking around this forum for more information and thought that it was time to become a memeber. I own a Ruger Sporter 10/22 Stainless Steel with 22 inch barrel that I bought used last October in peperation for a local Appleseed event. My wife bought a new junior Ruger 10/22 to also use in the same Appleseed event in early December. My wife also owns a used Ruger SP-101 .357 that we bought last summer. First thing I did to my 10/22 was to take it apart and clean it and see how it works. Then I got on the internet and find out what I could do to "improve" it or modify it. I forget what I did first, but I have re-worked the trigger myself and made my own washers to tighten up the trigger and did the mod with the epoxy to take up the trigger pull as well. Also put the set screws in the reciever to hold the trigger housing in place, but I used nylon screws instead of steel ones. I have polished all of the surfaces that I thought would make a difference. I also put on a set of Tech Sites and a sling. I think that the only thing that I have not done to it is to bed the stock and releave the stock around the barrel. Made my own magazine release handle by drawing on a side of a 2x4 the contur of the out line of the trigger and then cutting it out. Then hammered out a piece of alluminum on the 2x4 until I had it the way I wanted it. Then drilled a hole in it and then drilled and tapped a hole in the magazine release leaver and attached it and it works. I can use one finger to release the magazine and catch it with the other hand, with out looking at what I am doing. I did take the barrel off and it seemed to me that the screws were not as tight as they should have been and so when I was putting it back together I tighten them more than before, it seems to shoot better after that. I also made my own bolt buffer and installed that, as well as the auto bolt release mod. I am sure that I am leaving out something that I have done, but you get the idea that it is not a factory stock Ruger 10/22 anymore on the inside, it looks like it on the outside though. After the Appleseed event, where it was in the 40's and raining most of the first day and misarable, we were soaked and cold when we left. The next day was a little warmer and no rain, but did not get a rifleman's patch. Planning to go again soon. Would recomend to everyone to go to an Appleseed event to help get the basics of shooting a rifle and an interesting history lesson.
After reading some of the different post here on this forum, I am eager to take my 10/22 a part again and see what else I can do to "make it better." But my wife won't let me do "everything" I want to do to her 10/22, but I have done a few things. Thanks to the election in November of 2008, my wife and I "got into guns" and it has been great for our marriage, something we can do together and we also got our CCW permits last year. Thank God we live in Virginia.
Hoping to get a lot of information here and maybe share some too.