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Old 07-12-2011, 03:58 AM   #1
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Default How accurate should a Ruger 10/22 be?

I have a very old 10/22 that I need to get cleaned up and firing again. How accurate "should it/is it" designed to be? Disregard shooting skills and scope tuning. Should it be dead on at 25 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards? I'd like a benchmark to go by when getting this weapons system operational.

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Old 07-12-2011, 12:54 PM   #2
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My 10/22 I had as a kid was very accurate and would print 1/2" or less at 50 to 75 yards for 10 shot groups.

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It's capable of fairly decent accuracy but having said that it's one of the least accurate guns you can get out of the box. It will shoot with a Marlin model 60 after you've spent a few hundred dollars more on it'

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From a bipod at 50 yards I regularly get dime-sized groups using Federal 550 Bulk Pack ammo from Wally World. While my gun is scoped and customized to an extent, it still sports the factory tapered barrel. As long as it shoots as good as it does, I don't see the need to go to a thicker .920" barrel. I also have a scoped 1968 10/22 that is bone stock that does almost as good. It's probably a 3/4" gun at 50 yards with Fed. Bulk Pack ammo.

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My dad has a 10/22 that he instructed me on as a kid. With that rifle we could hit quarter sized targets at about 80 yards (the longest open safe shot on his property). I am not saying we hit them every time, or most of the time, but the rifles are more limited by us than we are them... When I bought my .22 I went with the Remington 597. I had a 10/22 to play with if I wanted, but I wanted a rifle that felt like a "real rifle". The 597 I have is about 3" loner overall than my father's Ruger. It was cheaper too... That said, if I wanted another .22 I would definitely be looking to Ruger...

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I bought a 10/22 several years ago, because I wanted a reliable .22 semi-auto. I picked up a stainless model with synthetic stock and open sights. Quite frankly I was not very happy with it. It seemed to "pattern" rather than "group," and was very ammo sensitive. I tried and tried to get to like it, but the performance just wasn't up to my expectations, even with a brand - X scope.

The little Ruger became a safe queen and I lived without a .22 cal. plinker for a while. After retiring from police work in 2001, I took a job with Leupold, the scope makers. While there, I befriended some of the engineers and over coffee one day we began talking about .22's. As I voiced my dissatisfaction with my 10/22, one of them told me to "bring it in" and he'd take a look at it.

After replacing the factory barrel with a carbon fiber one, a Butler Creek synthetic stock, a plastic recoil buffer, some magic CNC milling to the bolt face to take off .001-.003 inch for proper chambering and some other stuff, we mounted a Leupold 4X fixed scope in the Leupold lab. Some ammo testing showed me the rifle loves CCI Mini-Mag, and it became a by-gosh tack-driver. We zeroed it on the Leupold range at 50 yards, where it holds sub-MOA groups. In the field I can hold tight (minute of squirrel) groups at 75 yards, but .22's lose a lot of steam by the time they get out to 100.

Check after market 10/22 parts on the Internet. There are literally thousands of them. The 10/22 has been compared with a short block Chevy, because of the ability to accessorize them.

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So this is a early model 10/22 ... early enough built that Ruger can't tell me because they lost all those records in a fire. Mahogany stalk, no barrel printing other than serial number ... very old. I got it to cycle, put on a generic scope, stuck a bore sight in the bore and zero'd the scope with it at about 30 yrds on my shoulder (the length of my condo) and took it to the range ... on the bench it hit a silver dollar very time at 50 yards ... not a single jam. THis has got to be one of the first 10/22's to role off the line. If i had better gunsmith skills I bet this could be pinpoint.

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on the bench it hit a silver dollar very time at 50 yards
That's not good at all.
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That's not good at all.
?? ungood?
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I have owned several 10/22's and still own a few. I find that ammo is the key to accuracy with all that I have owned. I have one that is about 30 years old. The only thing that is not stock is the stock. I have an ATI thumbhole stock on it. It is scoped with an inexpensive name brand scope. I can consitantly shoot nickel size 10 round groups at 100 yards. I usually use Remington Thunderbolt or Winchester Super-X. As all firearms you need to keep them clean and well maintained. Next to the AR-15 they are the most accessorized firearm manufactured.

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