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I just got home from Wal-Mart with my brand new 10/22, cheapest I could find one. I have looked around at the modifications and want to get started on mine. I'll do some searching and ask questions when they come up. I think I'll start with a new stock and barrel.
 

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I just got home from Wal-Mart with my brand new 10/22, cheapest I could find one. I have looked around at the modifications and want to get started on mine. I'll do some searching and ask questions when they come up. I think I'll start with a new stock and barrel.
That's what I done. Start with a good stock and a good bull barrel. I went with Hogue over molded stock and a Green Mountain 20" stainless bull barrel. That alone will so greatly improve the guns feel and accuracy that it will feel completely different. Next I would suggest some good trigger parts, such as Volquartsen Match hammer and spring set, Power customs extractor and firing pin and a bolt pin buffer.

There are tons more stuff to do that will make it super accurate. Using 3M masking tape as a "shim" along the sides and rear of the receiver to take up any slack between stock and the receiver will help. Mine took five layers. Proper torque of the barrel block bolts and take down screw is important as well.
 

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You'll enjoy that 10/22. Barrel and stock is a good place to start IMO.
 

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So I found a really good price on a GM barrel and Hogue stock at Natchez, both in stock for $150. Then I found out they won't ship to GA?:mad: WT* is that, anyway, can someone point me to somebody that actually has them in stock and for a resonable price?
 

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After a little more research, it appears ER Shaw barrels are just as good as GM, and cheaper, and in stock. Hope to have the barrel and stock by the end of next week.
 

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Ruger 10 22 Rifle Barrels From Green Mountain Barrel Company
Green Mountain Barrels Ruger 10/22
Rimfire Sports & Custom: Green Mountain Ruger 10/22 20" .920 Bull Fluted Barrel


Back when I used credit cards nothing was much of a problem. You can find good deals on them or combos in Shotgun News usually. Can't remember where I bought mine. I used a Boyd's thumb-hole and the GM stainless fluted match chamber on my silhouette 10/22, and a Butler Creek carbon fiber barrel/Hogue rubber stock for the out and about 10/22.
 

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Just wondering how much Walmart charges for a 10/22. The Walmarts in MN do not sell firearms. (at least the ones in the Twin Cities area). The cheapest one's around here are $198.
 

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The 10/22 is probably one of the most versatile .22 rifles out there, congrats on the good purchase, make sure you post pics of your project.
 

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When I bought mine I went out and got a Butler Creek barrel and stock combo and then threw in some Volquartsen goodies. Much fun for not a lot of $$$$
 

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Leave it alone! A 10/22 is good stock. Shoot it awhile, and if you want to screw around with it, add a scope. After it's seen a couple of thousand rounds, then you can tinker. Wait, and you will be gratified. Yoda speaks, Yoda had a 10/22. Several, in fact.
 

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If I'm reading you right, like me you bought your 10/22 with the specific intent of customizing it. You're in for some fun. First off, sign up on RimfireCentral. Tons and tons of information. Check out their advertisers. Several stock and barrel suppliers. I think the actual receiver on mine is the only factory part still remaining. I went with a Green Mountain barrel but I hear lots of good stuff about WhistlePig barrels also. Another site of interest is Kidd Innovative Design. I have a STI trigger group (no longer made) but Kidd offers virtually the same 2-stage trigger. Absolutely amazing trigger, though I wouldn't recommend it for off-hand competition unless you crank up the pull weight some. About the only thing I can think of that was a complete waste of money (IMO) was the Volquartsen Stabilization Module. I didn't have it on long, though it is on there in this picture:




When everything goes right, these little rifles are capable of amazing accuracy. Most accurate ammunition I found for mine is Wolf Match Extra.

You're in for some great fun and great shooting.

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Had the Ruger Charger pistol. Played with it a little (trigger job, barrel torque, etc). A squirrel at 30 yards was as good as grilled.
 

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Everybody is saying "barrel and stock!" I have a 10/22 (carbine version, I believe) and I gotta say that the trigger seems to be the first thing I would worry about. Then buy a scope that is known to be well suited to a 10/22. My only scope is darn near useless on my 10/22 because it's too hard to focus at a short indoor range (50-75 feet) and the elevation has to be cranked waaaay down to get the crosshairs anywhere near POI. I'm better off with a 'red dot'.

Then move on to the stock. How good of a shooter would you have to be to need a better barrel than what Ruger gave you? If it's really such a p.o.j. then why not just buy a 10/22 receiver and start from scratch? Are those unavailable?

Maybe I'm missing something?
 

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Got my barrel today, SS ER Shaw 18" bull. I also got my Hogue Overmold stock. While waiting for the stuff to arrive I did a large amount of reading of RFC. I have since lowered my stock trigger pull to about 3#. I ordered a BSA Panther 2.5-10X44 that will be here tomorrow (I know some folks don't like BSA but for $30 I couldn't resist). Hopefully I'll make it out to the range tomorrow to test my grouping. :danceban:
 

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Forgive me if I'm telling you something you already know, but thought I'd throw this out. I've found that with some inexpensive scopes they sometimes don't like to make immediate tracking movements. Some inexpensive scopes won't move until a couple of rounds have been fired and the recoil jars them into movement. Since a 22 has virtually no recoil, this movement may not happen for several rounds. Should you find that your new scope doesn't track immediately, you might give this a try. When adjusting your scope, with an empty chamber or fired cartridge in the chamber, make your adjustments and then from a height of 2" or so, drop the rifle on the buttplate/recoil pad. If your stock doesn't have a recoil pad, put down a towel or something to cushion the blow. Repeat this 2 or 3 times. This will jar the scope into moving the crosshairs where you intended them to be and will help save ammunition and frustration.

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KIDD two-stage match trigger. It will cost more than the gun, but smooth as butter. My first stage is 24 oz pull and barely a perceptible stop at the second stage which is 8 oz more. Absolutely amazing how smooth the trigger is.
 

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Fun. Take your time. Get to know your rifle. Then go wild.

Remember adding lots of $$$ on accessories does not make you a better shooter. I have a stock stainless steel barrel sporter 10/22 that will shoot 10 shot groups that are 1.5 inches at 50 yards. Good enough for me.

Bushnell 3x9 sportsman's rifle scope- $30. Inexpensive and works great!
 

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Thanks for the advice Hoss, I'll keep an eye out for that. Planning to take my 20 year old stock Ruger, and the brand new custom to the range to shoot them side by side and see who wins. I hope they shoot about the same.
 

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You should checkout the Rimfire central forum if you want to see all the mods that can be done to a 10/22 or just about any other .22 in existence. Great tips and tutorials too
 
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