The Ruger 10/22 has been called the "short-block Chevy of the gun world." After market parts and gadgets are mind boggling. I own a Marlin Glenfield, mod. 60 (18 round tube mag) that I received as a gift round about 1977 or so. It developed problems over the years and I put it away in one of my safes and bought a 10/22 in 1998, just to have a .22 rifle on hand. I wasn't all that pleased with it, and didn't shoot it much.
Fast forward to 2001, when I retired from the cop shop. I took a job with Leupold, where I wormed my way into a friendship with one of their engineers and world class shooters. We were talking over coffee one day about .22 rifles, and I described the problems I had with the Ruger. He said to bring it in, and he'd see what he could do. A few hundred bucks for a new barrel, stock, scope and internal parts, plus some time on a CNC milling machine, and my so-so 10/22 is now a tack driver. I'm very pleased with it.
A couple of weeks ago while visiting a gunsmith friend, I took the Marlin from it's spot in the safe to see if he could do anything with it. About an hour later, after a through cleaning
, I got my Marlin back in like new condition and it shoots as good as ever. Now I have two tack driver .22's.
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