Ruger 10/22 Accuracy Upgrade

The Ruger 10/22 rifle has a large variety of aftermarket parts available to improve its performance. This is what I did to improve the accuracy for rimfire competition.

by Glen Calvert

The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular .22 LR rifles in history. Introduced in 1964, more than five million have been produced. It was the first firearm that I purchased, a long time ago. It is reliable, durable, and reasonably accurate. Like the AR-15, there are tons of aftermarket suppliers that provide replacement parts to improve the 10/22 performance.

In the spring of 2019, I joined a small group of gentlemen who meet weekly in a friendly competition of shooting .22 LR rifles at 50 or 100 yards on NRA Smallbore targets. I showed up at the first shoot with my Ruger 10/22 topped with a 3-9X scope of about the same vintage. Even with match grade ammo, it was only capable of 1.2” to 1.9” groups at 50 yards. After seeing the other competitor’s rifles and their results, typically less than 1 MOA, I quickly realized these were accomplished shooters with matching equipment. Realizing that I would not be competitive with my rifle, I looked for a means of improved accuracy and considered buying a new rifle. One of the guys also had a 10/22 that he had built using Kidd components. His rifle was very accurate so I decided to look into modifying my old 10/22.

Rifle Modification

My 10/22 is about 30 years old and has been mainly…

Read more in the November 2019 issue.

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