Help with Ruger Charger build

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shooter04

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I hope Im posting this in the right place.

My father in law had a stock for a Ruger charger 10-22. He painted it but never completed his project. Im interested in building up a charger myself using his stock (kinda in his honor). Im very keen to accomplish this mission myself - although I need some help to get me started.

I dont want to spend big money on bling, just parts that are economical yet make a solid and accurate gun. I plan to consult with a gunsmith but since he is so far away from where I live I thought Id first put out 3 important questions and see what comes out of the pool of wisdom.

1) What would you recommend as a basic parts list needed to complete the build - and being economical.

2) Do I have to buy each “nut and bolt” individually or can I purchase kits (e.g. reciever and trigger kits) to make the assembly quicker and simpler?

3) Can you recommend a respectable online seller where I can find those parts?

I know it might be a lot to ask but with all the knowledge here Im hoping for some help from you guys to get this good project going.

Thank you.
 
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Do you have any other gun parts besides the stock? Check out Volquartsen and or Clark Custom Guns. They sell parts for the 10/22 Which is what the Charger is based upon. One area you need to save money for is a trigger group and barrel. They seem to be the most expensive.

Good luck, post some pictures. Did your father in law do a good paint job on the stock?

Your Budget? Accuracy seems to cost money in Ruger's 10/22. This doesn't mean you have to break the bank, because a brand new Charger would be solid and accurate. Again, it depends upon which parts you already have.
 

CraigC

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Do you have a Charger receiver on which to build? Because if you don't, you cannot legally use a rifle receiver but you can procure an aftermarket receiver and use it for either. It's a viable option and you can build a Charger with very, if any factory parts. The most economical I've found is the NoDak/Spud receiver that goes for $130 shipped. It has a much superior anodized hardcoat finish and is compatible with Marlin levergun scope mounts which utilize larger 8-40 screws. Bolts can be procured through KIDD or Rimfire Technologies and trigger groups can come from KIDD, Clark Custom, Volquartsen or Jard. Barrels can come from a myriad of source depending on your accuracy requirements and budget. I'd recommend doing a lot of reading at RimfireCentral.com before spending a nickel.
 

BlkHawk73

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As said above, you either have to use a Charger receiver or go with a brand new stripped one from another manufacturer and make sure your dealer papers it as a handgun.
Going with a Ruger one you'll have all the other action parts and trigger assembly. Going with a stripped one, you'll need to buy the bolt assembly and trigger assembly seperately.
There's a LOT of choices, more than what's mentioned above. As far as the "economical" route...it's sort of 6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other.

Visit the Charger area on RimfireCentral. :)
 

shooter04

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Thanks guys. I only have the stock and the will to do this. I basically have to buy all the other items (reciever, barrel, trigger group....etc). Money might slow me down, so I have to be economical. Im not gona build a show piece, just something reliable, accurate and fun.
I might even look for take-off parts from others. Any idea where to look?

Can you tell me where I can buy the NoDak/Spud reciever?

Also, can I find a quality 10-12" barrel with threaded end for less than 200$ ?

The stock was done in a beautiful reddish-brown color with the ruger logo imprinted. I will post pictures when done.
 

CraigC

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While there are some sources for factory 10/22 receivers, I have yet to see a factory Charger receiver so you'll probably need to plan on an aftermarket receiver to do it most economically. I'm out of town at present but have a Nodak/Spud receiver waiting when I return home.

http://www.nodakspud.com/NDS-22.htm
 

Double Maduro

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If all you have is the stock, I would buy a Charger, swap stocks, shoot it and replace parts as the funds became available.

Welcome to the forum.

DM
 

Richbaker

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BlkHawk73":3emi3xvj said:
As said above, you either have to use a Charger receiver or go with a brand new stripped one from another manufacturer and make sure your dealer papers it as a handgun.
Going with a Ruger one you'll have all the other action parts and trigger assembly. Going with a stripped one, you'll need to buy the bolt assembly and trigger assembly seperately.
There's a LOT of choices, more than what's mentioned above. As far as the "economical" route...it's sort of 6 of one, 1/2 dozen of the other.

Visit the Charger area on RimfireCentral. :)

Recievers are transferred as "Other" these days... there is no such thing as a "pistol" stripped reciever. If your state requires registration, that is when you state it is a pistol. ATF doesn't "paper" guns...
 

CraigC

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It depends on where it comes from. There are some resellers of Ruger 10/22 factory receivers but they are factory "Carbine" receivers. It may, or may not have ever been assembled as a carbine but I'd sure as hell rather have my pistol assembled on a receiver stamped "Charger", rather than "10/22 Carbine", in case of run-in with the law.
 

Kanook

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I was going to build my own till I found consecutive numbers at a show for $250 each $500 OTD. But I understand doing what you're about to do.
 

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