Ruger 10/22

The Sturm, Ruger & Co. 10/22 is a very popular, well-built, easy-to-upgrade rifle that is affordable and fun to shoot. After its release in 1964, the 10/22 has become a favorite to use when introducing people to the shooting sports, as well as a great competitor in the classes geared towards the 10/22. The 10/22 is chambered in .22LR (also in .22 Magnum), so it's dirt-cheap to shoot.

I obtained my 10/22 in late 2004. It started out as a $200 Wal-Mart sporter, but I immediately started looking for upgrades. I was amazed at the sheer volume of accessories available for the 10/22, and before I knew it I'd sunk more cash in to parts for the rifle than I'd paid for the rifle itself. I ended up with a very sharp-looking, extremely accurate and incredibly easy-to-use rifle.


Here's the components I used in this rifle:

Switching out the trigger and sear springs that were in the rifle before (which came with the Volquartsen target hammer and spring kit) with the ones that came from the Wolff kit fixed my trigger return problems. With the rifle springed as it was before, the trigger was very light, but also did not return with any authority. You could let the trigger fly forward and it would return, but if you eased out on the trigger it would not return properly. Switching the springs results in a trigger that has a bit more weight, but returns the way it should. Now, you can actually exercise proper trigger control! I think switching these two springs will most likely be the last internal modification I'll make to the rifle.

The rotary magazine that came with the rifle is currently misbehaving. It'll work fine through the first four or five rounds, then fail to load the following round. A good rap on the bottom of the magazine will generally get it to rotate forward, but it's annoying.

However, the last few trips to the range haven't required any external effort to coerce the rotary magazine to function properly, so maybe all it needed was some break-in time.

At twenty-five yards, the farthest distance the indoor shooting range I visit will allow, this rifle will put all ten shots through the same ragged hole in the target.

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