Ruger 10/22 Changelog

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My original Ruger 10/22 from 2002. I decided it was finally time for some upgrades.

Power Custom Titanium extractor. I installed this circa 2006 after an average of 4 out of 10 rounds of bulk .22LR would fail to eject properly.

The new extractor didn’t help, but I think my rifle just doesn’t like cheap ammo. It happily consumes CCI Stinger .22 HV.

UTG Low Profile Rail Mount for Ruger 10/22. Meh, it was eight bucks on Amazon. Seems to do the job. I do need to threadlock the mounting screws, but I keep forgetting which color Loctite to use. Blue, I think. I guess if I’m wrong it won’t matter very much as I need a scope mount anyway.

Tasco 3-9 Rimfire scope. A simple $40 scope. The scope rings didn’t mount to the UTG rail mount, so I threw some old Leupolds I had on it. At least I think they’re Leupolds. Anyway, the reviews are good and the scope functions decently for what it is.

Volquartsen Target Hammer. The trigger on the 10/22 has always been heavy and gritty. You would think that after making 7 or 8 million of these rifles Ruger might improve the trigger, at least marginally. Anyway, this took the trigger down from about 10 pounds to what feels like two or three pounds.

A much better option than buying a completely new trigger set, especially the new Ruger one. The Volquartsen kit cost half as much. The installation was more involved, but once you get the hang of it can be completed in five minutes flat.

Note to Volquartsen: your instructions for this product are terrible. I am not sure how anyone with a casual interest in 10/22s can follow text-only instructions printed on a piece of paper the size of a folded-up playing card. Good thing I had YouTube or I would have been unable to figure out how to install it.

Volquartsen Bolt Hold Opener. Another thing you’d think Ruger would get around to fixing–the inability to close the bolt by pulling backward on it. You know, like all rifles.

Caldwell Pivot Bipod. Nice, and will allow me to easily shift targets downrange. Another Christmas present from the wife.

TacSol 10/22 .920 16.5″ Barrel, Threaded and Fluted. By far the most expensive upgrade to this rifle. An easy install, provided you have some sandpaper lying around to sand down the base to make it fit.

I decided I was tired of black rifles and would go with the “Quicksand” color, which kind of looks gold in the photos I’ve seen. I decided I would either love it or love irritating my friends whenever I whipped it out and outshot them with it.

As it turns out, it’s actually flat dark earth.

Hogue Overmolded .920 Bull Barrel Stock, Ghillie Tan. I really didn’t want to buy this, as my 10/22 already had a Hogue OM stock on it. Unfortunately the new TacSol .920 barrel wouldn’t fit my older stock.

I had some misgivings about the fleks and crap in the mold of the rifle. As it turns out, it looks pretty good, especially paired with the Quicksilver barrel.


I haven’t shot the upgraded rifle yet, but from an ergonomic standpoint I like it a lot. The shorter, squatter, heavier barrel brings the natural balance point farther forward, making it a lot easier to handle. It reminds me of the M-1 Carbine, my favorite-handling rifle out of  the hundreds of different types I’ve held.

It actually looks like a new rifle, except for the banged up ejection port on the receiver. I thought about touching up the marks or even sending the entire receiver out to be Cerakoted, but have come around to keeping them. I think it adds character. This rifle wasn’t born yesterday.

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January 23: The ProMag Extended Magazine Release I attempted to install blocked the Volquartsen Automatic Bolt Release from working properly.

Swapped it out with the Volquartsen Extended Magazine Release part and everything was cool.

 

 

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