Originally Posted by big shrek
Pre-1995 ones would, dunno about the stuff Ruger's putting out lately...too much plastic in the guts.
If yer gonna go 1022, get a Volquartzen version, WAY more precise, and way more reliable. Not to mention the cool fluted barrels...
The difference between the old and new 10/22s is that the new ones have a plastic trigger assembly housing. Everything else is the same and I so no difference in performance between the two. The plastic is actually stronger than the aluminum one.
In regards to reliability. Yes you can pay a lot more for a Volquartzen, they are a great rifle. I am not sure it is any more reliable than a Ruger if the Ruger is 100%. I see a lot (I am an instructor) of 10/22s on the line at Appleseed. A lot being most. Last weekend had 21 of 26 rifles on the line were 10/22s and that pretty standard numbers. Some were right out of the box, most were basic factory models and a few modified ones. I rarely see a reliability problem with them unless the person has modified them up in some way (home made trigger jobs, etc.