Decision time: Ruger 10/22 or S&W M&P 15-22?

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    Decision time: Ruger 10/22 or S&W M&P 15-22?

    I am looking to fill the gap of not having a .22 rifle. Basically I started out wanting to modify a 10/22 to look like a more modernized M14 but now after looking into the M&P, I think I might go with it instead. Whichever one I do go with, I think I'll use it as a vehicle gun as well as do pest control. There is a 10/22 in the family that I do occasionally shoot at the range.

    Price wise I think it would pretty much equal out. The M&P is just about ready to go, while the 10/22 would require almost everything be changed. Plus whatever I have on my AR now I could switch out if I wanted.

    I'm seeing a lot of good reviews on the M&P, but the 10/22 has been around for quite a while. With the M&P I can also train with the same controls as my AR but for cheaper.

    Any reason why I shouldn't go with the M&P over the 10/22?
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    I have both the M&P and the 10/22. Since I purchased the M&P, my 10/22 has been collecting dust.

    My M&P has been flawless even with bulk federal ammo.

    All the mods you would do to the 10/22 are factory on the M&P, so in the long run it will be cheaper.

    Identical controls and ergo's as my AR-15.

    My 10/22 is more accurate with a bull barrel, but not with the OEM barrel.


    Accessories...most of your AR accessories will directly fit the M&P.

    I believe the M&P will put huge dent in the sales of 10/22 rifles and accessories.

    If you cant tell, I love my M&P. I paid $429 new at a gun show, also found extra mags for $18.99 at Gander.

    Good luck!

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    Based on your description of it's intended role, I'd go with the S&W.

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    While the Ruger is highly customizable the weak link is the slip-fit barrel. If you just want a bang-bang rifle then either will do nicely but the S&W looks better. You may also want to look at the Sig 522 as it is a very nice rifle and by all accounts seems to function very smoothly. I think the Sig and the S&W will be better training analogues for AR shooting than a Ruger 10-22. Just my .02

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    I love my ruger 10/22...well I love all of my Rugers! but for what your planning to use it for I'll reluctantly concede the S&W is the better choice.....but it hurts!

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    They're both nice. Looks like your leaning toward the S&W, so I say go for it.
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    The MP 15-22 is one of the few impulse buys that I don't regret. It's about 99% reliable even on cheap bulk ammo. It's plastic feeling, but it's the 22 that everyone wants to shoot when we go out. - lots of fun.
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    check this out

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    IMO......join up over at rimfirecentral.com to get more specific info on the 22lr, and what you're thinking. Great folks and plenty of info you'll want to know before doing anything like you're thinking. Maybe someone has already done it. Good forum to diversify into if you're into the rimfires.
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    Well, picked up a M&P 15-22 today for $429 and got three extra mags for it. Shot fifty rounds through it and no problem other than fifty rounds went by way to fast and fun.

    Ram Rod, I agree that rimfirecentral.com is a great source of info and I do frequently browse and get my info from there.

    Now, red dot or scope? Both? What kind? Ack, so many important decisions.
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    I chose the Ruger, I know it says modified, but why mess with simplicity at it's finest.

    Don't get me wrong, the other is a fine looking weapon and I wouldn't hesitate to take it in a heartbeat if someone said here Guardian, you want one.
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    S&W 15/22 for sure!

    I've owned the 10/22 for years and i must say that after buying a 15/22 its is a better all around rifle by far. My 15/22 will every type ammo i feed it. PLUS if you ever want to go with the Slide Fire stock the 15/22 is by far the better choice!

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    I have had both. The M&P-15-22 is far less ammo sensitive than the 10-22 IME. Out of the box accuracy on the M&P 15-22 is better as well! *Caveat: the 10-22 CAN be made very accurate IF you will dump some more money $$$ into it. I would grab the M&P every time over the 10-22. BTW, don't even consider the Colt version of the M&P they are junk made by Umarex and are not up to Colt quality IMO.
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    Have had my 15-22 for some 4 years. Since then, we tend to shoot the said more often.

    A 10/22 should be in everyone's collection. Mine will be going to my grandson, someday.

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