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Old January 2nd, 2020, 08:05 AM   #31
 
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Get a BX trigger for sure, and maybe a Nikon 4-12X40 Prostaff Rimfire scope (usually about $110).



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Old January 2nd, 2020, 09:43 AM   #32
 
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Your stock recoil spring guide rod is interesting. It is either an older design or has been modified.

I was given to believe that in the past Ruger used some type of retaining ring on the end of the recoil spring guide rod to contain the recoil spring but I could be wrong. On current Ruger 10/22s the end of the recoil spring guide rod is staked (peened?) and neither the charging handle nor the recoil spring can be removed from the guide rod simply. It would not be difficult to file down the peening on the end of the rod to remove the spring and the handle, but Ruger does not sell either the spring nor the charging handle separately. The entire guide rod, spring, charging handle is sold as a unit and costs $9 or less.

Of course, there is no real need to have a retaining ring on the guide rod. Kidd sells a guide rod, spring, charging handle assembly with no retaining ring to capture the spring. It makes installing the charging handle slightly more difficult since the spring has to be placed on the rod, then compressed, then the charging handle slid onto the end of the rod and held on under spring tension while the assembly is inserted into the receiver through the ejection port. But once you have done this a time or two it becomes quite straightforward.

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Old January 3rd, 2020, 11:16 AM   #33
 
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Get a BX trigger for sure, and maybe a Nikon 4-12X40 Prostaff Rimfire scope (usually about $110).
I put the M*Carbo springs in the trigger on the recommendation of another member, and they made a pretty big difference. I'll stick with those for now. Much cheaper, and took no time to install.
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Your stock recoil spring guide rod is interesting. It is either an older design or has been modified.

I was given to believe that in the past Ruger used some type of retaining ring on the end of the recoil spring guide rod to contain the recoil spring but I could be wrong. On current Ruger 10/22s the end of the recoil spring guide rod is staked (peened?) and neither the charging handle nor the recoil spring can be removed from the guide rod simply. It would not be difficult to file down the peening on the end of the rod to remove the spring and the handle, but Ruger does not sell either the spring nor the charging handle separately. The entire guide rod, spring, charging handle is sold as a unit and costs $9 or less.

Of course, there is no real need to have a retaining ring on the guide rod. Kidd sells a guide rod, spring, charging handle assembly with no retaining ring to capture the spring. It makes installing the charging handle slightly more difficult since the spring has to be placed on the rod, then compressed, then the charging handle slid onto the end of the rod and held on under spring tension while the assembly is inserted into the receiver through the ejection port. But once you have done this a time or two it becomes quite straightforward.
The factory rod is a larger diameter than the new one I got, so I ended up using the factory spring and the aftermarket rod/handle.

I think you are right, the "peening" is to hold the spring on to hold it in place during assembly, I know it's not really necessary to make it function.
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Ditto BX trigger, you will notice the difference immediately and you will like it. Other than a custom barrel it is the best upgrade for it.
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Old January 13th, 2020, 08:11 AM   #36
 
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Any suggestions? I paid $300 for the gun, I’d like to keep mods to that or less.

Are you still under $300 in mods?
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Any suggestions? I paid $300 for the gun, Id like to keep mods to that or less.

Are you still under $300 in mods?
well under... All I have done to the one I originally asked about was:

$20 bipod and mount
$12 M*CARBO trigger spring kit
$15 extended mag release
$15 Charging handle
$40 scope
$15 in sling
$13 in muzzle brake
$22 in mag couplers

Even if I go with a bull barrel, it will be right around $300 total in mods.

The takedown doesn't count... That one I spent a bit more on...
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I took a Walmart special $150 sporter model (no barrel band, stainless barrel, birch stock) and turned it into a precision match rifle with two simple mods.

I put tape around the receiver to make it snug in the stock, then put a plumbing washer under the receiver to lift it up and float the barrel.

I tied for first in a precision rimfire match with it.

5 shot group at 40 yards:


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I took a Walmart special $150 sporter model (no barrel band, stainless barrel, birch stock) and turned it into a precision match rifle with two simple mods.

I put tape around the receiver to make it snug in the stock, then put a plumbing washer under the receiver to lift it up and float the barrel.

5 shot group at 40 yards:

very cool! This is the kind of stuff I like low buck/no buck mods with good results.
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