View Full Version : Aftermarket Ruger 10-22 Recoil Buffers

March 29, 2008, 04:29 PM
Everyone makes the best.All but one have to be wrong.Many may be good.Some may be bad.

I want to know who has used them and are satisfied or dissatisfied with what they have installed in completely stock Ruger SS 10-22 Carbine & a Ruger SS 10-22 Target rifle.My reasons are hopefully to improve or increase the lifespans of the actions.

I am 62.These two rifles are a 1992 Carbine & 1997 Target.I bought each new from a dealer at these times and have never fired them as I have gone through a long period of catastrophic illness but just don't seem to have have the common decency to lay down and die.I want to put in a buffer if advisable and is there anything else anyone wishes to advise.Also the lifespans of these buffers so I can plan on replacements before failure.I figure they have been out long enough for their strengths and weaknesses to be apparent by now.I intended to and still intend to use them for Squirrel hunting and plinking.

I do not believe in abuse or over heating a barrel.I believe in saving it all in case you ever need it.Great advice I got from WW1,WW2,& Korea vets plus I am a 62-66 vet.

Thanks.I Ain't Dead and I Ain't Quitting,alfred

Bill DeShivs
March 29, 2008, 04:58 PM
I don't think they are necessary. If they were, Ruger would have supplied them.

March 29, 2008, 05:10 PM
+1 on what Bill said.
There is a long and sometimes terrible trend to build things to fix problems that aren't there. I'm not quite 40 yet, and I honestly don't think I could fire enough average ammo to goober up a 10-22. All they ask is to have the carbon cleaned out of the receivers from time to time.

Hats off to ya brother- Iraq '03-'04- fellow Vet.

March 29, 2008, 06:28 PM
Might be something to consider if you were one of those folks who customises a Ruger into a 500$ rifle and then shoot the snot out of it daily for competition etc. All of the Rugers I have owned did not use them. I have not seen a cracked receiver on a Ruger either. I don't know if really hot stuff like stingers would accelerate that or not. It is supposed to prevent damage but I have not heard of it happening, to begin with. Save your money and and buy ammo with it. If Rugers were busting apart all over the place then they would not have the great rep. and some have been in service for decades. My current model is perhaps 25 years old, used. Works without it. But I shoot leasurly and not like 500 rounds at a setting or anything like that. My guns do get babied I guess. I don't crawl thru the mud with them and fire till the barrels smoke. With standard ammo and reasonable cleaning etc. you will wear out first. All I can think of that it might do is quiet the bolt action down a little or something like that.

Harry Bonar
March 29, 2008, 07:44 PM
Thank you for your service to our country and I hope your illness resolves itself to your favor, sir.

When I worked ar Novaks 45 shop we frowned on buffers because in combat they could come apart and stop the pistol. i've never seen the need for a buffer only in special cases - if recoil (any recoil) would bother your medical condition then use them. I do have one on my P-12 45 that came with the "Kings kit' I put in it. I don't use that gun for combat, i use a 1911 full size.
Again, sir, I certainly hope your "problem" gets better and I really do thank you for your service - it sounds like you had a bad time.
Harry B.

March 29, 2008, 10:21 PM
Thanks all.

Mr.Bonar.Your reply to "Air Gun Scopes"."Tell me why",page 37 on 05/04/2004 was one of the reasons I asked the question about Buffers.I was wondering if a "Aftermarket" Buffer would help cushion the recoil jar to and increase the lifespan of the scopes.I too have a assortment of the powerful spring piston air guns you mentioned,but due to lens replacement in both eyes for Cataracts,I can shoot with open sights.The 10-22 Target has to be scoped.I am a bolt action and revolver type,though I have owned a half dozen semi-autos within my cheap 50+ gun collection of the past that I do miss now.How I love the old Military Bolt actions!

Surprisingly.the Spring Piston Air Guns are far more painful for me to shoot with my cancer and join deterioration.

Thanks on the health problem.My heart went to putting out about 33% max in the fall of 1989.It had dropped to 26% by 2002,and they gave me 90 days max to live.It took me 3 days to make my arrangements to die.In May of 2005,I had Surgery for and was diagnosed with a rare form of T-cell Lymphoma.No known effect treatment,no known cure.Very short expected lifespan.Being that I am still here,I consider myself in excellent heath.The moral of this story is that it I found it is easy to die.Living is what is hard.

I have been a visitor off & on here for a long time.I thank you all for what you do for others as I do believe that it is the ultimate success in life.:)

I Ain't Dead and I Ain't Quitting.alfred

March 29, 2008, 11:40 PM
I use recoil buffers on all my 10/22s. I have heard about all the possible positive stuff. For me, the top benefit is not having that metal-on-metal *KALCK* when the bolt bottoms out against the rear of the receiver. I find it annoying and it is the loudest thing when shooting with a suppressor. If it solves the other stuff, that's a bonus.

It also seemed to slow down the cyclic rate a bit and improved the reliability of my 10/22 hi-caps. That is just anecdotal though.

March 30, 2008, 04:55 AM
I also have buffers on all of my 10-22's.
As mentioned above, they quiet down the cycling, which is important to me.
I've seen no test results to support the claim that buffers remove the possibility of cracked receivers however. On the other hand, they do work.
I use the ones made by Buffer Technologies.


March 30, 2008, 07:01 AM
I put a shock buff in a SKS rifle. Just to see what happened. Of course you are talking alot more moving mass and recoil than a 22. I think I could detect the softening up of the bolt carrier impact at firing but I don't think it has anything to do with preventing damage to the rifle. If you put it in the Ruger I suppose you could take it out if it does not do much of anything, before getting more than one. I have also tried them in a .45 pistol and they do take a beating in there, I can see where they might come apart at some time and jam the works if neglected. And it does alter the cycle of the gun I guess in the pistol, as the slide does not quite go back as far as the design allows.

Harry Bonar
March 30, 2008, 08:07 PM
Dear Sir;
You're tough, but all old soldiers are tough - i can only respect you, sir and you'll live a long time in spite of the doctors!
Yea, air guns (especially spring guns) do have a pronounced sharp recoil. And, I do think buffers if you can find them (write the factory) will help. Good luck.
I'm 72 and have had atrial fib for 10 years - my last complete blood test came out super (can't understand that:D) and I have trouble walking distance but I can still make it up to my shop.:)
I guess we old buggers learn to do what we can - I'll be thinking of you.
Harry B.
God bless you and attend you sir!