Originally Posted by mag318
There is a good reason the Ruger 10-22 is the most popular rimfire rifle ever made. I just picked up their latest takdown version which is a really neat rifle. While at my dealers he had another on the wall. Turned out to be a 60s version that was pre warning and had a real walnut stock. The thing was beautiful so it too came home with me. Ruger over the years has made a lot of changes to the 10-22, most having to do with cost cutting. The early rifle had an anodized not painted receiver and all metal parts, unlike what they are churning out now. Still for the money and all the variations it's a hugely popular rifle and will continue to outsell everything else.
No, its not. They've only sold 7.8 million 1022's since 1963.
Marlin has sold over 15 million model 60's since 1960.
The 1022 is the most popular to accessorize...(read that as works better with other people's parts in it)
Due to the generally questionable quality of the 1022, it created a TON of cottage industries...
as folks figured out they could make better parts than Ruger does...which, really ain't that difficult...got a mill??
you can literally build a 1022 with No Ruger Parts!! and it will perform better than anything Ruger builds!!!
Just ask Volquartsen
Ruger basically went with the Microsoft business theory...build a worse version of someone else's idea (Apple),
then let everyone and anyone make support items to make it better without licensing restrictions...
ends up making a ton of money for putting out an inferior product...pretty slick, huh?
The 1022 didn't really take off until it got popular to buy & sell stuff on the internet,
between that & the gun boards which allowed folks to learn to fix 'em...
next thing ya know, the 1022 has a support system which rivals that of Microsoft Windows...
But they still ain't sold the most semi-auto .22lr rifles...