My dad owns one and I think every firearms user should own a 10/22. Even if it is just for plinking. Sure there are more accurate out of the box semi-auto options, like a Marlin Model 795. But in terms of customizability, you cannot go past a Ruger 10/22 making it ideal for a project.
Ruger 10/22 Project Build
Since I was going to be modifying a Ruger 10/22 I wanted the cheapest Stainless Steel model I could find. I was going to wait for the Guncity Fathers Day sale to come up to grab a cheap stock Ruger 10/22 Stainless.
Ruger 10/22 Receiver, Bolt and Trigger
But with the launch of 55Six. I ended up getting a Brownells BRN-22 Stripped Railed Receiver, the Ruger 10/22 Receiver Parts Kit and the Ruger 10/22 BX trigger. This has turned the project into a complete build. The only parts that are stock Ruger are the bolt and magazine. The Ruger BX-Trigger is a nice upgrade on the stock trigger for the money.
Ruger 10/22 Barrel
To have a functioning rifle I need a barrel. As with everything I have thought very hard about which barrel to fit.
The guys at 55Six have import permits for quite a few aftermarket supplies of 10/22 gear. These include Kidd Innovative Design, Feddersen and Tactical Solutions. Reading heaps of reviews and forum posts it appears that you cannot go past either the Kidd or TacSol.
The appeal about all these barrels is the relatively short length, the very low weight and that they are threaded ready for a suppressor.
I leant towards the Kidd Ultra Lightweight but 55Six had issues getting a price from Kidd. They did have a shipment of Tactical Solutions barrels arriving.
Making the Decision
Looking at the Ranger and TacSol barrels, it is a hard choice. I liked the idea of the short barrel on the Ranger. Reading up and talking to a few guys having only a 12″ barrel shouldn’t affect the velocity and accuracy of the 10/22.
The 3 shot groups that are shown on the Guncity website for these barrels and above these show the MOA to be around 0.66 (0.2 mil). In my opinion that is very good. My main concern is the lack of reviews around.
I ended up choosing the Ranger barrel. It is available now I like how short the actual barrel is and can put on a different suppressor to keep that length down. Talking with Evan he did this post of a 22 that he put over the chronograph as he shortened the barrel. The drop in velocity was minimal and no loss in accuracy that he could see.
Gun City sold me with the following sales pitch from Chloe.
I am going to borrow a mates DPT 22lr suppressor to test and compare with the one fitted to the Ranger barrel.
The reason I am also looking at using the DPT is that they are modular. If running sub-sonic loads you can use one baffle for a total length of 72 mm and a weight of 48 grams. Even when using the full suppressor for super-sonic loads the total length is only 106 mm and weighs 70 grams. Can even add more modules to use in a .17 HMR or .22 MAG.
Ruger 10/22 Must-Haves
With some modification to the original bolt lock mechanism, an auto bolt release can be made. I went with an aftermarket one so if I need to I can easily rollback. Since Gun City did not have any in stock I found this store on allgoods.co.nz that had them for a reasonable price. He also had the Kidd Bolt Buffer which is a stainless steel pin covered in a polymer.
Ruger 10/22 Stock
After a lot of researching, I decided on a Magpul Hunter X-22 stock.
A great thing about this stock is being able to easily change the length of pull and add check risers for using a scope. Using the M-LOK system it will be easy to add accessories, like a bipod and sling
I am very impressed with this stock, it is a major upgrade on the factory stock. It feels nicely balanced and with the cheek risers that will add to the Ruger 10/22 feeling how it should. The stock is available in a range of colours but I like the Flat Dark Earth (FDE).
I am still looking at what optics to get for this build. I have read lots of reviews like these ones from Pew Pew Tactical and ScopesReviews. This gave me the following set of requirements, multi zoom, adjustable parallax (AO) and a Mil-Dot reticle.
One option is the BSA TMD 4-14 x44, I like how it uses the Front Focal Plane (FFP) and it ticked all the other boxes. Being FFP will make it easier for me to calculate distances and holdover throughout the magnification ranges.
I have ordered the BSA scope and once it has arrived from China I will do a post on reviewing it once on the 10/22.
Building a 10/22 from pieces was so straight forward I had it completed in about 20 minutes. The gallery below shows the process of building it. The hardest part was making sure the extractor lined up with the barrel.
The Ranger barrel slid in firmly and did not have any movement in the Brownells receiver.
The final step for my Ruger 10/22 Project is to get some optics on it and get out to the range and see how it shoots.
It is very nice too hold with the full-size stock it feels like a proper rifle, and it is very light. The BX trigger breaks cleaning for the price point and is definitely an improvement over the factory stock trigger. I cannot wait to get out there and put it through its paces.
Let me know what you think of it and thanks for reading.
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