Ruger 10/22 Customization Help

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by JackofTrades, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. JackofTrades

    JackofTrades New Member

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    Alright to start I am new to any of this, I've never put aftermarket upgrades into any gun before, but I would like to start. This all got kinda started when I went to the range today and found out they have .22 LR matches there so I was thinking that maybe I should upgrade a lot of the parts on my 10/22 and I'll have a decent gun to use in competitions.

    Now I have no idea what manufacturers for the parts are good, or where to even look to get theses parts at a good price. So I'm hoping you guys can help me out with a lot of this. I got this ruger 10/22 carbine off this site when they were giving it to a lucky person. I haven't gotten to shoot it too much since I haven't been at home since I am still a college student, but summer is approaching and I would like to start turning this thing into something I can bring to a competition. I don't plan on doing this all at once, this will probably be something I do gradually over time.

    Now on to the good stuff. In order of most important to me to least this is what I want to do to my gun:

    1) First and foremost, I want to change that trigger around, that has way too much pull before it goes off. From what I've read before I just have to replace the hammer.

    2) Next I would like to put a heavier barrel on there. If possible too longer than the stock barrels.

    3) Sights are another big one, I would like to get a peephole sight for the rear sight, and if possible a target sight for the front. I am on the rifle team at my school and I'm used to having the two circle target sights. I'm not sure what type of sights the place near me allows so I'll have to call them to get more info.

    4) Stock isn't too important but I would be nice to get a better quality and more comfortable stock.

    There are other things that I would like to replace, but not too sure where they would fall on importance or how much of a performance increase I would see, things like the receiver, trigger system, maybe the firing pin.

    Any help is more than welcome, sites where I can buy this stuff from, manufactures that I should buy from and ones I should absolutely avoid.
     
  2. bwalka

    bwalka New Member

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    Brownelles website has everything your looking for plus blueprints and schematics for your 10/22
     

  3. RaySendero

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    Jack,

    Send it to these guys and it will come back competition custom:

    http://www.clarkcustomguns.com/
     
  4. JackofTrades

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    I did some looking around that site for awhile, there are just somethings that I would need to call them about to clarify. Like if I send it in there and get the stainless steel fluted barrel do they change the receiver of the gun to. But the prices seem pretty good. Especially if you just send your own 10/22 in.
     
  5. tommyboy

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    volquartsen makes nice stuff for 10/22s. I have there trigger group, extended bolt handle and mag release. They have lots more too. And for bull barrels, I haven't see to many that have front sight mounts. Mostly for scoped guns.
     
  6. JTJ

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    What kind of matches are you interested in shooting? Do you need a semi auto/self loader? You might be better off picking up a target 22 bolt action. There are some very competitive and reasonable target rifles available. The 10-22 is a nice little rifle but you could do better money wise with a new rifle.
     
  7. JackofTrades

    JackofTrades New Member

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    Yeah, I've been looking at some of these after market barrels and a lot of them do not have a mount for the front sights, which is kind of a deterring but I found out at the place I might just compete locally, they allow scopes.

    I just called the range near me today and asked about the competitions they do and they aren't really as much as a competition as they are just people going there to shoot and have fun with the added benefit of competing against each other. Which is why I might not drop any more than $700 into this gun, since I also just like to go and shoot at paper for fun. But if I did decide to go into a serious competition what kind of guns would you recommend.
     
  8. Txhillbilly

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    For a great trigger job,go no further than this forum for a great deal.Stalkingbear will do you a very good job,and for a very good price.

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f53/ruger-10-22-trigger-groups-professionally-reworked-19201/
    Send him a PM,and he'll get back with you.

    There's a very big selection of aftermarket barrels,it all depends on what you want.I've had good luck with WhistlePig,and Green Mountain barrels,but there are others that are more accurate,but they will cost more.

    10/22's are just adult lego sets,you can build whatever you want if you have the cash to do it.
     
  9. jeepejeep

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    I just installed a Power Custom Competition Hammer on mine last night and the difference in trigger pull is amazing! A crisp and much lighter trigger pull that is so much better than stock with a little time, work and only $35. I got it from Midway as I had a coupon and I was getting other stuff from them anyway. You do have to be careful with some small parts but it's not hard at all.
     
  10. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    On the budget side, look at the Savage MKII rifles. Triggers are good and they are accurate. If you want the target irons look at the FV-T. The stock on the FVT stinks but you can replace it with the Evolution stock from Boyds for $100. You could do the FVT with Boyds stock for about $450 or less and be looking at .5 moa (1/4") or less at 50 yards with target ammo. If you want a scope just get one of the B series rifles.
     
  11. Scratchammo

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    I couldn't stand the trigger pull on mine so I installed a Volquartzen hammer. I don't recommend using their provided trigger return spring though.
     
  12. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Ruger custimization help...might as well buy a boat...yet another hole in the water into which you will throw money ;)
     
  13. somawas

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    First, ask read-up and ask questions in couple of other forums- Rimfire Central and the Ruger Forum. They have specific forums dedicated to the 10/22.

    I just completed what turned out to be a custom build. I started with a stock rifle and up-graded the trigger block. What I ultimately ended up with was two trigger blocks- one Timney and one Kidd two stage. The Kidd trigger is by far much better than the Timney, but the Timiney is a vast improvement over the Ruger trigger block. For the barrel, I absolutely love the Kidd Match barrel (.920 bull barrel). Keep in mind the bull barrels are not machined to accommodate iron sights of any kind. I may be wrong, but the only barrels that accommodate iron sights- front sight on the barrel- is the stock Ruger barrel.You'll need a one-piece scope base and quality scope. The stock IS IMPORTANT. You'll need to float the barrel for better accuracy, and the stocks of "ordinary" 10/22 will not accommodate the bull barrel.

    Again, read and ask questions in the forums dedicated to the 10/22 if you intend to do 10/22 upgrades.

    Keep in mind, you can sink a bunch of money into a 10/22 upgrade/ build in no time flat. Without going into details, I've got $1200 plus or minus $50 in my 10/22. If you want a good target rifle, consider a bolt gun, I recommend considering as CZ 452 Varmint or American, or it's replacement, CZ 455 Varmint or American. You may also want to look a a used Marlin bolt rifle manufactured in North Haven Conn. My personal preference over a Savage- I own two, don't really care for either one-just my preference.
     

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  14. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Shrek,Go play with your Marlins.
     
  15. Marlinman

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    Whoa hang on there hillbilly. Marlins are great guns period. I have a heavily mod 10/22 and yes he is right in the fact that they are a money pit once you start workin on em.

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     
  16. big shrek

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    Playing with a 1968 Winchester right now...doing a wee bit of cleaning on my new purchase!

    Before...and this is why you don't squirt WD-40 into a gun and never clean it...turns into brown goo...lol
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    After :)
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    But thank God for Bubba-type gun owners...they sell cheap at pawn shops, so I can buy 'em cheap & fix 'em up :)
     
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  17. Marlinman

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    Lookin good shrek. I had a gun right up your alley in the shop earlier shrek;)

    God didnt make all men equal colonel Sam Colt did
     
  18. theoatob

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    Yeah i agree. Using their spring the trigger would not return without a little nudge forward. Othereise the hammer completely changed my gun.