Ruger 10-22 Carbine

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by 12fretter, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. 12fretter

    12fretter New Member

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    This is my first post so go easy!

    Based on a friends decades long love affair with his 10-22, I bought my first rifle today, Wally World, $197. I also bought a cheap scope but think I might just want to get proficient without the scope first. I'd like comments on that, as well as suggested accessories to look for, and opinions on ammo for target shooting before I get to small game hunting.

    Thanks
    12fretter
     
  2. CA357

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    Congratulations. The 10/22 is a great rifle and I'm sure you'll like it.

    You're definitely on the right track, shoot it with open sights and get used to it. You can always add a scope later.

    If it didn't come with a scope mount, I think I have one kicking around here that I'll send you.
     

  3. 12fretter

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    Thanks very much! It actually came with a scope mount and I did mount the scope, but it was really aggravating. It almost seems that the scope and the mount are not perfectly compatible. I can still site through the sites, under the scope, and resting it perfectly still, it is clear the scope is up and to the left of the gun sites. I don't know if the mount is cheap, or the cheap scope is cheap....ok, asked and answered. Just doesn't seem to be a good design.
     
  4. CA357

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    Have someone familiar with them take a look at it. There's no point in becoming frustrated. There's plenty of time to be frustrated when you practice shooting it. :D
     
  5. davcolburn

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    A very fine little rifle. As to ammo I have found that in my Ruger 10/22 and also in my Ruger Mk II .22 LR pistol the most reliable loading for both guns as well as also being fairly cost effective has been the Remington Golden Bullet 40 grain solid nose Rimfire Ammunition - Rifle Ammunition - Golden Bullet 22 Ammunition

    I am also about to try some CCI Mini Mags solid points also for accuracy comparison's sake, but the Remingtons sell for a little less and have served me well. I think the slightly heavier solid points produce a little more recoil which serves to run the recoil action of both the 10/22 as well as my pistol a little better~
     
  6. Jpyle

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    I believe that the Ruger supplied mount is a dovetail or tipoff type...make sure that your scope has the proper rings, weaver rings may not seat properly.
     
  7. 12fretter

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    I think I spotted the problem with the scope mount. I didn't check it at first, but the rings were skewed, relative to each other. So when I tried to mount, one tried to twist out as the other was tightened into place. Once I loosened up the rings and the scope was freely rotating, the mounts sat flat.

    Another crisis averted.
     
  8. CA357

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    We've cheated death once again! :D
     
  9. nate

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    And every crazy SOB I seen that had one at the gun show I went to saturday was asking $265 average for a base model 10/22.:rolleyes:
     
  10. Lindenwood

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    My first gun was a 10/22. I put almost 10k rounds through it in about a year. It was a sweet gun when I had it running at peak. I'd go a whole several-hundred-round session with only one ammo-related issue, and by then the action was sometimes gritted-up with sand from shooting on a wind-blown riverbank.

    *edit*

    And they are lots of fun to trick out :) :

    [​IMG]
     
  11. P90

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    The 10/22 carbine is a nice gun. The best mod I made on mine was having Stalkingbear do a trigger job on it. I love the gun now.
     
  12. 7point62

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    E. Arthur Brown has good compatible 10/22 mounts & rings if you ever decide to get another set.

    I think most of us would recommend the 10/22 for anybody looking at that caliber...it's just a classic.
     
  13. 12fretter

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    7Point, You wouldn't happen to have a link to what you're talking about would you?
     
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  15. 12fretter

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    Thanks, 7. I will definitely have to get something other than this.

    I just got back from the range. I'm a pathetic shooter! But I have time to practice. In any case, I did get to set the scope up and after about an hour of trial and error, more error than trial, I had quarter groups at 50 yards (stellar for me). I tried a mag full at 100 yards. After the second shot, I realized it was about 4 inches low. After 8 shots, I hit a 2 inch target. Scope needs a little bit more tweaking, but at least I know where I stand.

    I don't know about the rest of you, but that was a successful day!

    Also shot a few mags of my Thunder 380 and Tanfoglio Witness 45ACP. I didn't know what to expect with the 45, being the first time I shot it, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, recoil-wise. We will NOT discuss the size of the groupings, as there is not a big enough denomination available to cover.
     
  16. CA357

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    Any day shooting should be considered a successful day. :D

    The .45ACP scares people, but the recoil is quite manageable and is more of a push than a kick. Folklore dies hard. ;)
     
  17. preventec47

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    I dont want to start any holy wars but you said something about hunting
    and you usually have to have an accurate rifle ... unless the target
    is real big ( not likely with a 22 ) or real close. I dont want to
    describe accuracy but you DO want to go out and see what the
    rifle ( and YOU) can do to a bulls eye from a bench rest at difference
    distances and with different ammo. Caution, at least in my gun
    the more powerful ammo that you seemingly would want to hunt
    with is way more INACCURATE. So you have the choice to maybe
    hit it hard or having a much better chance of hitting the target
    easy.
    To sum it up, I wont hunt with my 10/22 EVER now that I have
    a savage bolt action 22 with scope. It shoots MUCH MUCH better.
    But the 10/22 is more fun spraying bullets at objects floating
    down a stream etc.
    Yea the 10/22s are legend and are a classic but dont confuse with
    shooting well ( when you define well as having any kind of accuracy)
     
  18. 12fretter

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    Thanks for that opinion Preventec. This was my first rifle purchase, and the weeks leading up to it, I think I went to the actual end of the internet and back reading everything I could. When I got done, I had more questions than answers. My best friend, someone I trust implicitly, and who had grown up on rifles, narrowed my choice down to the 10-22. He said his was the most accurate 22 he's shot, and his father agrees (who taught him to shoot). So, not knowing anything except the trust of my best friend, I went ahead with the 10-22.

    Now, with that said, what's done is done. Right now, I only want to get as proficient as I can with this gun. When it comes time to hunt small game, I'll see if this works for me or not. I've never hunted before, so again, I will be relying on good friends to teach me everything. One way or another, for the time being, this gun is going to kill small game, even if I have to beat them over the head with the butt.

    The really good news is, this gun is a highly sought after gun. I visited pawn shops who wanted more than I paid new, and only a fraction of all the places I visited, pawn, or online, had them in stock. So if I need to get rid of it and find something that works better, I'll have no problem doing it.

    For now, it's showing me the mechanics of shooting. I'll never be as good as my friend, but I was pleased that my first time ever shooting, after I set the scope up, I was hitting the bullseye just about every time at 50 yards. I only tried 10 shots at 100 yards, but after compensating for the 50 yard scope setup, I hit a two or three inch piece of target I was shooting for.
     
  19. CA357

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    There's a huge difference in accuracy in rifles of any caliber, not just .22's. In .22's, a CZ or Thompson Center rifle will be much more accurate than a 10/22.

    However, for all intents and purposes, a 10/22 will get the job done.

    Just enjoy your 10/22 Fretter. :cool:
     
  20. stalkingbear

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    Sure a bolt action will usually be more accurate out of box, but a bone stock 10/22 with a load that it likes will get the job done out to 30-40 yards IF you do your part.