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Old March 31st, 2015, 08:39 AM   #1
 
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I purchased a Ruger 10/22 back in 84 when I was out in California. If I found out I had 300 rounds through it I would be surprised that the number was so high. Not sure why I haven't fired it more, but it just sits in my closet for the most part.

It does have some rust on the outside of the barrel, but most of that came off when I cleaned it a few months ago. Someone was telling me that the older models were made differently and are actually a better?? gun.

My question I guess is: Is there any truth to that? and if so, is it worth more than what the newer ones are going for at this time? Not sure I'm really wanting to sell it, but it does just sit there so...... Maybe I could trade it and one other in on a new .22 mag or something.



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I purchased a Ruger 10/22 back in 84 when I was out in California. If I found out I had 300 rounds through it I would be surprised that the number was so high. Not sure why I haven't fired it more, but it just sits in my closet for the most part.

It does have some rust on the outside of the barrel, but most of that came off when I cleaned it a few months ago. Someone was telling me that the older models were made differently and are actually a better?? gun.

My question I guess is: Is there any truth to that? and if so, is it worth more than what the newer ones are going for at this time? Not sure I'm really wanting to sell it, but it does just sit there so...... Maybe I could trade it and one other in on a new .22 mag or something.
I'm not a collector, but I find it hard to believe anything they made 6 million of is worth much more than you payed for it.

Also, in the big scheme of things, 1984 is not that old, seeing how they have been continuously produced since, I believe, 1964.
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Yeah I didn't think it would be - if anything there might be more metal in it than plastic. Haven't looked at the new ones lately.

Was just curious though.
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I just saw about 10 of them sell on a auction site, some were from the 80s and sold for around $170 each.
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I just saw about 10 of them sell on a auction site, some were from the 80s and sold for around $170 each.
Hmm, $170 would be acceptable for a trade I would think. Thanks
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I purchased a Ruger 10/22 back in 84 when I was out in California. If I found out I had 300 rounds through it I would be surprised that the number was so high. Not sure why I haven't fired it more, but it just sits in my closet for the most part.

It does have some rust on the outside of the barrel, but most of that came off when I cleaned it a few months ago. Someone was telling me that the older models were made differently and are actually a better?? gun.

My question I guess is: Is there any truth to that? and if so, is it worth more than what the newer ones are going for at this time? Not sure I'm really wanting to sell it, but it does just sit there so...... Maybe I could trade it and one other in on a new .22 mag or something.
The 10/22 originally had a walnut stock, metal barrel band, butt plate and trigger guard. Over time, the stock was changed to hardwood, and the barrel band, butt plate and trigger assembly all became polymer.

The new ones work just as good as the older ones. For some folks, the walnut and metal ones are more desirable, mostly for aesthetic reasons. Ruger has made millions of 10/22's, though, so they're far from rare.
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The 10/22 originally had a walnut stock, metal barrel band, butt plate and trigger guard. Over time, the stock was changed to hardwood, and the barrel band, butt plate and trigger assembly all became polymer.

The new ones work just as good as the older ones. For some folks, the walnut and metal ones are more desirable, mostly for aesthetic reasons. Ruger has made millions of 10/22's, though, so they're far from rare.
Guess I'll have to take a ride to the gun shop and see what I get offered for it. I would rather have something I would use than something that just sits there taking up space and collecting dust....
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You can always list it here for sale in the classified section.
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I would hang on to the old one, if it is walnut.
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My 1982 one cost me about $59 back then new. It would be worth whatever any new 10/22 is worth used based on shape.
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My 1982 one cost me about $59 back then new. It would be worth whatever any new 10/22 is worth used based on shape.
$59? Hmmmm, not sure what I actually paid for it, but I seem to remember somewhere north of $150.

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I have a 1986 got it for 99.99 still got the receipt.
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Was looking around at gun brokers site - lol, the original manuals are going for $12-$25 weird.. Guess they are becoming collectors items?

I still have my original manual, a little brown from age, but all the pages are in tact.

It is a Walnut stock.

Interesting on pg. 15 of the manual it says:

The standard stock assembly (B-99R) is walnut and is sold only on an exchange basis. That is, the "old" stock, must accompany the payment and order for a new B-99R stock. Price is $60.25.

Wonder why that was a requirement.
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Was looking around at gun brokers site - lol, the original manuals are going for $12-$25 weird.. Guess they are becoming collectors items?



I still have my original manual, a little brown from age, but all the pages are in tact.



It is a Walnut stock.



Interesting on pg. 15 of the manual it says:



The standard stock assembly (B-99R) is walnut and is sold only on an exchange basis. That is, the "old" stock, must accompany the payment and order for a new B-99R stock. Price is $60.25.



Wonder why that was a requirement.

I think by the early 80's the stocks like you have were walnut stained birch. To get a walnut stock from Ruger, you had to send a walnut stock in, otherwise you would get a birch stock. Your picture is identical to my 10/22 from then. My stock is in the box, because I put mine in a folding Ram Line stock right after I bought it.
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I think by the early 80's the stocks like you have were walnut stained birch. To get a walnut stock from Ruger, you had to send a walnut stock in, otherwise you would get a birch stock. Your picture is identical to my 10/22 from then. My stock is in the box, because I put mine in a folding Ram Line stock right after I bought it.
I did the same thing, still have the wood stock tucked away, times have sure changed, I found mine at a yard sale for $40.........
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