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Old May 3, 2009, 02:34 PM   #10
Brian Pfleuger
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I've always thought the 10/22 was the standard for small game, but I've never really heard anyone gush about how rugged they are.
You haven't listened very carefully! The Ruger 10/22 is extremely rugged, especially the older models. Mine is pure workhorse. It doesn't get babied like all my other guns. I've had it for must be 15+ years and I'm not sure it's EVER been cleaned. I've never had a failure of any kind (except some shells that no-bang, but that's not the gun).

Even so, if I was in the market for a similar gun today I'd be getting something in 17HMR. It does everything the 22LR does, everything the 22mag does and some things that neither of them do.
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