Hugely popular and for good reason, it seems every gun owner has Ruger’s iconic self-loading rimfire rifle. Here’s how to work them.
by RK Campbell
Among the most popular self loading rifles of all time is the Ruger 10/22. Introduced by Sturm, Ruger Incorporated in the early 1960s, the Ruger rifle has been very successful. Workmanlike, reliable and inexpensive to obtain, the Ruger is a first class, all-around .22 caliber firearm. The Ruger has been around almost fifty years as of this writing and continues to be a strong seller for Ruger and a very popular rifle with the American public.
There are any number of available options to trick the 10/22 out. If you wish to own a .22 caliber AR-15 look alike you can use the dirt-reliable Ruger as the base. You may add the exceptionally well made Scottwerx (1022fungun.com) conversion and produce a Thompson SMG look alike. By the same token, you may accurize the piece for maximum performance. While the AR-15 conversions are popular for plinking and informal use, there is also a need for improved accuracy in hunting and target work. The Ruger may be considerably improved with a few simple steps.
As a guideline, the standard of accuracy I have qualified with the Ruger 10/22 is two inches for a three shot group at 50 yards. This is adequate for practically any hunting chore and is a simple matter to tweak most Ruger 10/22 rifles to this standard. Some want more accuracy. The Ruger 77/22 bolt action rifle is a completely different type of rifle, with features normally found only on center fire rifles of the best quality. The 77/22 will do an inch at 50 yards with minimal tweaking and sometimes quite a bit better. But folks like the 10/22 and the instant second shot. I estimate the 10/22 sells at a rate of twenty five to one for the bolt gun and that figure may be closer to one hundred to one.
Read more in our April 2013 issue. Back issues are available.