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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