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So I am wanting to do a custom 10/22 build, but I don't want to have to buy a 10/22 rifle, especially with as overpriced as they are now. Does anyone sell Ruger 10/22 receivers, or if I want an actual Ruger receiver, do I have to buy the whole rifle?
 

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I always buy a rifle. Ruger doesn't sell stock receivers and although there are several custom receivers, most of them cost more than buying a rifle outright.

Get the cheapest thing you can find and start from there. That's what I do. Its cheaper in the long run.
 

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...not being a D-I-Y kind of gun owner, I have a question...since the receiver bears the serial number, if it were available, how would that sale be handled?
...would it be as a separate firearm and require a FFL and 4473?
 

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Not sure what your definition of cheap/expensive is, but I got my 10/22 (blued, black stock) for under $250. They used to go on sale for a lot cheaper, but that might not be the case nowadays.

Just an added note, replace the extractor claw ASAP. I had annoying FTEs with it somewhat often before doing that. Now it's a dream, especially with the recoil buffer pin.
 

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Thanks for the answers. Looks like I will be buying a 10/22 sometime in the near future to start a build project.
 

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Run down through gunbroker lists for auctions and see what kind of price you can find. Get the cheapest one and tear into it.
 

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If you're patient you can find one on GunBroker for a decent price... I've picked up 3 that way. One of them was a filthy old beast that was being sold by a local pawn shop, and cosmetically it was rough so the price was low, although not a steal. As we were doing the paperwork, the clerk noticed a 4-digit serial number on the gun. Turns out it's from the first full year of production, 1965, with a real walnut Overton stock. I refinished the stock, smoothed the innards a little, and left it alone... thus it's my one, nearly stock 10/22. So then I had to go find another one to set up as I had intended the 'antique' gun!
 

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Gasmitty brings up a great point. You can often find some great deals on Rugers at the Gun/Pawn shops. I've picked up some that looked terrible for less than 100 bucks and then completely worked them over. Some sandblast and DuraCoat have them looking brand new.

I once picked up a barreled action without the stock for 50 bucks. Since I had several take off stocks laying around, I basically had a 50 dollar Ruger 10/22 that shot as good as any.
 

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I haven't looked at the prices lately, but a few places has started offering 10/22 80% receivers as well.

I love doing 10/22 projects. I bought one on sale at Cabela's a while back for less than $200. I turned her into a tack driver that would make some of the guys at rimfire central jealous (I hope :) )

By far my favorite plinker and target gun.


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If you can wait, I'm seeing prices coming back down to earth on a few very popular NIB guns.
 

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Actually, 10/22s are pretty fairly priced these days - it really depends where you look. I have not seen Ruger receivers available from Ruger for quite some time, but there are aftermarket suppliers (e.g., KIDD) who are making their own versions now. If you're diligent about searching on the auction sites you may find people selling their "take-off" Ruger receivers, though.
 

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Check out Tactical Machining in DeLand, FL they have some really top notch receivers! They supply Brownells with various receivers. Good luck!
 
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