.22 rifle barrel question

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Yunus, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    On a .22 does a bull barrel really improve accuracy and life span?

    I'm talking about a 10/22 specifically, just wondering if the extra weight would be worth it or if I should just get the el cheapo Wal-Mart one. It's just a plinking gun and would be matched with either no scope or a $99 Nikon.
     
  2. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    The weight of the barrel has little to do with actual accuracy level on a 10/22. Where the "bull" barrels shine is in a tighter/shorter chamber and the tighter tolerances of the rifling. Heavy barrels also move the balance outward and make for steadier holding when shooting offhand. If it's just a plinking gun I wouldn't bother with a heavy barrel.
     

  3. Jay

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    If all you're looking for is an accurate plinking, or hunting rifle, forget the 10-22's and buy an older Mossberg, or Marlin. I've bought and sold several 10-22's because out of the box, none I've messed with come close to being as accurate as my old Mossbergs, or Marlins.....

    You can make the 10-22's accurate, but by the time you do, you could have bought several other rifles that are more than adequate for what you indicate that you want, and considerably less money. Bull barrels tend to reduce the amount the barrel flexes after each shot, and can enhance accuracy, but by itself, a bull barrel won't make your rifle all that much more accurate.

    Just my experience, and opinion......
     
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  4. Highpower

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    Gotta agree with stalkingbear. You would probably get tired of holding up the heavy pretty quick if all you are doing is offhand plinking.

    If you are talking about shooting rim-fire silhouette matches, then you'll just have to suck it up and deal with the weight. :D
     
  5. Dillinger

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    I have to agree with the above. I have a bull barrel on my 10/22 and while it looks cool, shooting for a time off hand does get a bit tiring.

    I have bull barrels on all my rifles though because I like eliminating that factor in my mind from shooting. It's totally me and a mental block, but the piece of mind that the bull barrel is not allowing extra harmonics makes me a happier shooter.

    At the end of the day, if you like the look and want the bull barrel, get it, but you probably are not going to see a drastic improvement in your groups without a lot of trigger time.
     
  6. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    He was asking about a 10/22.
     
  7. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    Appreciate the input, I think I'm going with the regular barrel as I will probably be more accurate after 20 or 30 freestanding shots.

    I've got the Charger already and it's fun but loud. Wintertime I shoot from inside a building and pistols are just too loud.
     
  8. Jay

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    And I responded about a 10-22..... bull barrel or not, it's been my experience that there are many more accurate rifles out there for similar money, given what the OP stated his uses were.
     
  9. Yunus

    Yunus New Member

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    Everyone has their opinion and thats fine. Since I already have a 10/22 in the form of a charger and have magazines for it that I know are reliable and the others I shoot with also have 10/22's it makes it a logical choice for me to get another 10/22.

    You all know me, I'm not one to stand out in a crowd, better to just go with the flow. :D
     
  10. Highpower

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    Nut-in wrong with that Yunus.
    (See what I did there? --- Squirrel!!!) :p

    I don't believe I've ever seen an un-reliable (factory) xx/22 magazine though.
    I've got a couple of 10/22's and a 77/22 along with an ammo can full of magazines. Haven't had a mag problem once.

    The 'tuned' guns stay with me most of the time, but I also keep a box stock 10/22 for plinking & youth duties. Wouldn't be without that one.
     
  11. orangello

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    I LOL'd!


    I wonder about the weird-looking bull barrels for the 10-22. I think they are "graphite" or something. I know CTD had one for the .17 Ruger 10-22.
     
  12. inmate of Md

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    Building custom rifles, gets a 10-22 request for a rebarrel. One customer had a gunsmith install an unturned blank barrel on his action. Claim it was for benchrest shooting. at 28 inches it shot worse than the original barrel.
    Accuracy in 22 match rifles the barrel needs to be between 16 and 19.7 inches. Hyper velocity ammo can work better in a longer barrel, but match ammo starts to slow after 18 or so inches.
    The other issue is chambers, Match chamber will push the bullet into the lands and make extracting an issue. For the 10-22 to cycle it needs a modified match chamber at best. If a full match chamber is done it will cause problems closing to firing position.
    Bolt rifles are the ticket for most. I do have a 22 semi auto AR style rifle with a match chamber. It shoots the stingers very well at 100 yards. The spring is heavy and closes the bolt hard. Hard to get a chambered round out unless you fire it.

    Hope this helps.
     
  13. JTJ

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    I just took my heavy barrel off and went back to the original barrel and stock. I am going to sell my barrel and Boyd Blaster stock. I have my CZ 452 and I will stick with a bolt if I need more accuracy. The 10/22 is a great plinker and I am going to leave it at that.
     
  14. CourtJester

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    JTJ: Shoot me a price, pics, and barrel info.

    I enjoy the hell out of my 22 with the weighted bull barrel. I see a little tighter groups with regular ammo but nothing overly amazing. I could hit a squirrel or rabit at 50 yards okay.
    With Lapua match ammo through, I can shoot ten shots at 50 yards and nearly cover them all with a dime. That's a little higher priced ammo to plink with though. I'll use it squirrel hunting and knock them out of the tree at 50 to 75 yards with solid head shots.
    I have not shot match ammo though the stock barrel though. If anyone is interested I would like to see the differences between match and shelf ammo through a stock barrel. I'd post pics of the same with a bull barrel. Anyone up for a 25 and 50 yard comparison with pics?
     
  15. JTJ

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    The barrel is an Adams & Bennett and has only had a few hundred rounds through it. the stock is a Boyd Blaster. There is a small knick in the top right side a few inches back from the front of the stock. I think you can see it in the picture. $100 plus shipping for both. I have shimmed the reciever area as it was a little too loose for my action. I used metal duct tape and it is easily removable.
     

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  16. CourtJester

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    Shot you a PM.
    Sorry for the thread jack y'all.