10-22 rifle not carbine

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bought a rugaer 10-22 rifle stainless at a gun show last week. serial #256-08xxx. can anyone provide me any info on this particular model. also seems to start stringing shots vertically as barrel warms. should this barrel be free floated or what.
 

APEXDUCK

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Accuracy issues with factory barrel 10/22 is quite common in the later models. Check to make sure your barrel V block is tight and you can free float the barrel as well. Some Ruger barrels shoot great others not so great. Clean it good too (assuming the prior owner may not have) I shoot a lot of rimfires (Ruger and several CZs) All are different and like different ammo. I purchased a used 10/22 stainless carbine and did a complete build in it. The only part that is original is the receiver and bolt everything else is swapped for aftermarket or Ruger replacement (Ruger Target trigger group). The cool thing about 10/22 is all the things you can tweak on them for a few bucks and time.

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I even made some custom matching mags from clear Ruger mags
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10MMGary

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Plinker both friends that own a Ruger "rifle" had the same issue.
I am not sure if they free floated or added a pressure pad contact point. I will email them both and ask. Like AD stated check your V block and torque on the take down screw. IIRC the rifles do not have a barrel band correct?


Great looking 1022 AD and great job on the mags, now give us the details on how you made the mags.
 

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I once owned a 77/22mag that had stringing issues, depending on humidity. I free floated the barrel which lowered the group 16 INCHES!! at 100yds. The shots never varied again.
 

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The secret to the custom mags is RIT dye. Available at most grocery stores in the laundry detergent isle. Pic your color then follow the following instructions:

Take a 2 quart pot with about 1 to 1 1/2 qtrs of water and bring it just to a boil.
Add one table spoons of RIT dye and one table spoon of salt.
Remove pot from heat and add your disassembled plastic parts.

Takes about 4-5 minute for color to soak in. Check progress as you go. Long time equals darker color. Rinse parts with water and dry. You can re-dye the part if they are not as dark as you want.

FYI, this dye will add color to a white sink. Be sure your wife is not home and that you have bleach on hand to clean up the mess.

As far as barrels go, the more expensive the better the barrel. Shilen, Volquartsen, Green Mountain, ER Shaw, Tactical Solutions are all great barrels. ($$$) Cheaper barrels (Shooters Ridge, Butler Creek) are OK but not known for significant improvements over factory barrels when it comes to accuracy improvement.

FYI, my barrel is a Green Mountain Areo barrel. 16.6" fluted sporter with an aluminum shroud. Cool looking and better then factory but not nearly as accurate as true heavy barrels.

Not to talk down this fine forum but the folks over on at Rimfire Central forum know tons of stuff about "fixing" 10/22's

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I tried Rimfire Central one time and it seemed like most of the post were in a different language .... not to put it down but I just could not get into the technical part of it all.

really cool mags...

One of my 10/22s has a 16" greenmountain fluted barrel on it... it came with fiber optic sights but I took them off and put the tech sights on it that are close to an AR's. It will drill holes with Federal Champion ammo.

I think the original poster needs to check the bolts on the V block that hold the barrel... a factory barrel should not shoot that bad.
 

El Numero Uno

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I don't think anyone has answered one of the Poster's original questions-it sounds to me like you have one of the Walmart Exclusives, which was a 22" barrel, stainless, with the sporter stock. While maybe a zillion were made, Walmart was the only one to have them and they are no longer available at the Walmarts, unless you find a store that has some left.
 

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El Numero Uno":2g2hcco4 said:
I don't think anyone has answered one of the Poster's original questions-it sounds to me like you have one of the Walmart Exclusives, which was a 22" barrel, stainless, with the sporter stock. While maybe a zillion were made, Walmart was the only one to have them and they are no longer available at the Walmarts, unless you find a store that has some left.

Not necessarily. Ruger also made the 10/22RR which was a 20" barreled rifle and blue barreled receiver. The earliest guns were marked "10/22 RIFLE" in the receiver rollmark and had Ruger's standard 10/22 type sights. Then they came out with Hi-Viz sights for this model which were junk, so went back to standard 10/22 type sights. Ruger discontinued the model but some distributor is evidently still having them made.
Oh yes, the "10/22 RIFLE" designation didn't last too long on this one either.
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