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Old December 4th, 2019, 01:54 PM   #1
 
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My First Ruger Rifle: 10/22

I bought my first Ruger rifle on a whim back in 2017. I, like many 10/22 owners, recognized that there were numerous aftermarket replacement parts available for these handsome little rimfires and began tinkering.

First I fitted it with a Nikon rimfire scope; a 3x9 variable with which I've been pleased. It 'sees' better than I can shoot.

Next came a Ruger BX trigger group. It's a drop-in item and that presented no problems. The trigger pull was improved somewhat, being smoother and with little or no stacking. Frankly? I've never really felt strongly about trigger pull except on one gun; my Kel-Tec P11 9mm that I will not sell because I don't want its buyer to hate me. I learned to shoot what Uncle Sam gave me and not spend too much time thinking about trigger pull. While I was at it I put a 'silent' reinforced neoprene bolt stop in place. The action is so quiet now that I sometimes wonder if it cycled a new round into place.

Then I found a Ruger factory Sporter Stock on eBay and bought it. It improved the looks 100% in my eyes; I love old bolt-action hunting rifles and this, though semi-auto, gave me the look I wanted, complete with impressed 'checkering'.

Finally, I put a custom bolt in that I got from JWH Custom along with one of their charging handles, and I was done.

As soon as I can get it set up, I'll take a picture of my 10/22 and show you folks my 'toy.'



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Old December 4th, 2019, 02:40 PM   #2
 
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Interesting post, good read. Welcome to the club, which I joined only slightly before you did with my first 10/22. I had a chance to buy one in ... about 1964, but got a Rem Nylon 66 instead. My friend Mike got the 10/22. I'll bet he's still got it; my 66 left my possession long ago.

But better late than never. Totally love this rifle.

I got a Compact model because I wanted 1) the short 16" barrel (easier to get through the swamps here with it), and 2) the fiber optic sights.

I've already changed the stock from short LOP to a standard carbine drop comb stock -- the short one didn't work for me, even with winter layers on.

I'll eventually add a set of Tech Sights and a Hogue Overmold stock (in OD green -- next spring?). Based on your (and others') recommendations, I may have to check into those other upgrades, notably the trigger group. I don't hate my trigger -- I've had much worse -- but understand it could be improved.

I look forward to reading more about your project and how you like it. I want to post pics, also, but am still evaluating photo hosting sites.
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It is fun isn’t it. I will settle for a bit and just shoot and then I will typically be reading something on here and bam I am buying stuff for the fun sticks again.

Let us know how it shoots and keep having fun.
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Enjoy your 10/22. Whether you modify it a little or a lot, make it your own and have fun!
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Update:
It's almost the end of the year and I haven't shot my 10/22 since last Summer. You'd be surprised at how busy someone who is retired can be. Of course, most of that busyness is caused by age, accidents, and just general deterioration of my 82-year-old frame. Doctors, ERs, and bandages all conspired to keep me away from the shooting ranges that abound in this area.

When I was younger I used to shoot or fish, rain or shine, cold, mild, or hot. No more. My New Year's Resolution will be: I hereby resolve to make myself a better friend, more understanding husband, and a more perfect citizen of my home city by: 1.) Taking my medications on time, 2.) Being careful how and where I walk to avoid injuries from falls, and finally 3.) purging myself and taking out any residual social or political frustrations by taking my Ruger 10/22, my Ruger Single-Seven in .327 Fed Mag caliber, and my Glock G19 Gen 4 9 mm. to the range more often, and shooting piles of ammo to make big holes in paper and dents in steel.

All this I swear in the names of Samuel Colt, John Moses Browning, and William Batterman Ruger.
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I like your story, and good luck in your endeavors.
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i'm fortunate in that a range is across the street, another is 15 minutes south, another is 10 minutes north, and an outdoor shotgun, pistol, and rifle range is 10 minutes east...

generally every Tuesday morning i take my 82-yr-old nextdoor neighbor with me to the range across the street where we burn off a brick in our Ruger rimfire pistols...

it's stinkin' cheap fun to do a little paper shredding!

hope you get out some more this upcoming year... life is too short...

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