I bought an off the shelf Ruger 10/22 stainless several years ago, and wasn't very happy with it. Bullets tended to pattern, rather than group, and it was real twichy which kind of ammo it liked, and had a cheap Brand-X scope that wouldn't hold zero. It sat in my safe for a few years, until I landed a job at Leupold. I befriended one of their R&D engineers, and after talking about .22's he told me to bring mine in, and he'd "see what I can do."
I got it back a month or so later. I paid for and he replaced the factory barrel with a carbon fiber lined Butler Creek model, milled the bolt face, installed a plastic buffer, new trigger, stock and a laser zero'd Leupold M-4 fixed power (4X) scope. It likes CCI Mini-Mag ammo, and I swear I can hit mosquitos at 50 yards with it. He's the guy who mounts scopes on rifles for Leupold's "special customers." Now I know why.
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