to a 10/22!
The first Christmas my wife and I were married, she gave me a Ruger 10/22. I have no idea how many thousands of rounds I've put through it over the past 30+ years, but for the past couple of years, the groups went to about 6" at 50 yards. Not good. With a magnifying glass, I found a chip at the edge of the muzzle.
First came a Butler Creek .920 barrel and Hogue overmoulded stock from Midway. This by itself made a great improvement. And if someone here has never tried it, changing barrels on a 10/22 is a piece of cake. Remove the stock. Lock back the bolt. Remove the two screws holding in the barrel wedge, and the barrel come right off for replacement. Put in the new barrel, put the wedge and screws in loosely, and drop the bolt. Twist the barrel just a little until you hear the extractor drop in place. Then just snug them down.
Still, something was left to be desired, and I decided to replace the cheapy Bushnell Sportview with something better. I ended up with a BSA "Sweet .22" 3-9X40 with adjustable parellax. Not a high dollar scope by far, but I'll have to say I'm pleased.
Sighting in this morning at 30 yards ( about the only distance I sight in a .22 for. If you can't get within 30 yards of a squirrel, something's wrong! ), I had no trouble keeping all shots within a dime sized circle. Then backed down to shooting at red marker dots on a paper plate. Still no problems! Moved the target back to 50 yards, clicked the target type turrets for 50 yards, and back to hitting those circles.
For a $75 scope, I'll reccommend it!
Biggest problem now is that with the heavy barrel and big scope, I think I need a set of wheels on the thing!