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Old 12-31-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default Bought my first .22 today!

Well, after shopping around and doing a TON of research over the past month or so, I finally busted outmy wallet, and bought my first .22 rifle.
Anyone who's read my intro post knows I'm a marine veteran who's never fired anything smaller than a 5.56mm round. Antitank rockets, .50 cal HMG, sure. No handguns, no plinkers, ever.
I'd looked at a whole bunch of options, and today was comitted to bringing something home. I'd had my sights set on a used rifle, because of the cost. On the rack today were two Marlin 60s, two Remington 597s, and a Mossberg 702 Plinkster.

The Plinkester was nice, but I didn't like the plastic stock. Pass.
One of the Marlins was near-new, and priced accordingly. One was listed at $135, but was stainless, had a Tasco scope, and no iron sights. Pass.
The first 597 was in good shape, with a monster of a a scope, but no iron sights. The second was a train wreck. Whoever had owned it before had SPRAY PAINTED it. Not just the stock, but the whole rifle, barrel, trigger, scope, and all. They at least capped the scope lenses before spraying, but this thing was a wreck. Priced accordingly, and I thought about taking it to see if I could remove the paint, but remembered the stock underneath was resin, and would likely not stand up too well to a solvent bath.

In the end I went with...*drumroll*...a brand new Ruger 1022. Standard carbine with blued finish and birch stock. I like the heft of it. Not too heavy, and not too light. Simple iron sights, and already tapped and mounted for a scope, should I feel the need to become a squirrel sniper. Plus, if i ever decide to go hog-wild, I can swap stocks and make it look like I'm an armchair SpecOps operator, lol.

Any tips on breaking in the 1022 for first usage? Do I need to scrub out the factory lube and such, or will it fire fine right out of the box?

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Old 12-31-2010, 07:45 PM   #2
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You made the correct choice
SEMPER FI

BTW- I bought my 1st NIB 10-22 about a month ago-
Never crossed my mind to clean it-----

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GREAT choice! It should be OK from the box, I guess? I've always cleaned a new weapon just to get any factory shavings out and to start them right with my lubes. Force of habit!

Good luck with the new toy, you're gonna love it! Ken

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Yep! what he ^ said!

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Actually, it will fire right out of the box.

For a .22 rifle, I will just look at the action for extra oil and wipe it down if I feel the need. Next, I will do the same with the mag if applicable. Lastly, I load it and fire it. Fire the heck out of it. Dry swab or bore snake after the first few hundy rounds. Love it, enjoy it and get comfy with it. Then, send the trigger assembly to Stalkingbear.

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Pretty basic. Will likely do a lot of shooting with the iron sights before I bother with a scope.

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Congratulations! 10/22's are the Swiss Army Knives of .22 rifles. You'll love it.


... and +1 on having Stalkingbear do a trigger job on it.

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Welcome to the addiciton. Way too many after market parts and accessories. I but one last year for Matches and now I am building one for wabbit huntin! This is a great little gun.
Congrats!!!

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