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Old December 6th, 2019, 09:51 AM   #16
 
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Web link to drill hole in 10/22 receiver

I found the web link you need at MidwayUSA to purchase a drill bit kit to drill a hole in your 10/22 receiver. Just go to MidwayUSA and do a search on "Gunsmither Tools Ruger 10/22 Cleaning Rod Hole Drilling Fixture"



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Old December 6th, 2019, 03:38 PM   #17
 
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There are several methods.
(1) Gun Snakes -- mine come with brass weight on the front end. These should not damage the crown of your barrel.
(2) Brass, fibre, etc. rods are made for cleaning firearms and can be found in varying lengths. Amazon.com, Midway.com carry these. My LGS does also.
(3) Cones to protect the crown of the barrel are also available from a variety of dealers. I found a plastic from a LGS but you can also purchase brass cones. Midway.com and Amazon.com also carry these. IIRC, Dewey makes these also.

Each option listed will protect the crown of the barrel if used properly and I am sure that there are other options.

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Old December 6th, 2019, 04:34 PM   #18
 
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With the bolt removed from my 10/22 custom build in the photo, I can look in the muzzle and see an unobstructed path from the muzzle through the rear of the receiver .. so the hole can't be too far off.
I can see right through the bore of mine too so, as you say, the hole can't be that far off. As you note, the accuracy of the hole placement isn't that critical.
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Everyone is over thinking this, the barrel is steel and MOST cleaning rods and tips are brass! Last time I checked brass is WAY softer than steel. Not an issue.

Also, I have worked for a 30+ year gunsmith for the last 7 years and I have never seen a barrel worn out because of cleaning without guide, nor have I heard the owner say he has either!

Biggest thing I would suggest, don't use lead tipped ammo that way you are not stuck trying to de-lead your barrel. Just be careful when cleaning and don't go crazy, you will be fine.
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What does Volquartzen recommend??

I have a Volquartzen barrel on my 10/22. I asked the gunsmith there what he recommended for cleaning. He said they use the Bore Snake at the shop and recommend it for 10/22 cleaning.
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I found the web link you need at MidwayUSA to purchase a drill bit kit to drill a hole in your 10/22 receiver. Just go to MidwayUSA and do a search on "Gunsmither Tools Ruger 10/22 Cleaning Rod Hole Drilling Fixture"
Those tools and guides are good to have if you are doing a number of rifles or are a gunsmith. They require removing the barrel to use and are a needless expense for only one or two guns.

Find the proper drilling location with a good ruler and center punch from the rear of the receiver and use a standard 1/4" drill bit. I started with a 1/8" hole and enlarged it in two steps to 1/4". The receiver is aluminum and drills easily from the back and you only need to disassemble the rifle as you would for cleaning.
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The tip of a Bic widebody pen trimmed and drilled just enough to fit the rod. Put it on before you put on the patch jag.
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