View Full Version : Ruger 10-22 are older ones better than new ones ?

January 19, 2013, 09:27 PM
I recently dug out my 10-22 made&bought in 1980...

I see many new ones all tricked out........

Thoughts ?

January 19, 2013, 09:38 PM
There is no difference in the reliablity. Ruger has upgraded the cheap cast aluminum trigger group and trigger guard with a much stronger plastic part. I have noted that the newer rifles made in the last 5 years or so are far more accurate than older guns. The last few I've fired were right with my CZ as far as accuracy is concerned. All together we have 6 in my family, the older guns are good or 1.5"-2" groups at 50 yards. I am having no trouble keeping 5 shots well under 1" and much closer to 1/2" with the 2 newer ones I have.

January 19, 2013, 09:55 PM
I bought one around 04 or 05. I was not impressed.

January 20, 2013, 07:53 AM
Ruger has upgraded the cheap cast aluminum trigger group and trigger guard with a much stronger cheaper plastic part.

Fixed that for you.

I absolutely loath the plastic trigger group/guard that came on my all-weather 10/22. I've had toy guns that had better.

January 20, 2013, 09:13 AM
If I was going to build a top of the line group without purchasing an after market machined housing, I would start with a plastic housing

Quote from Brimstone Gunsmithing - probably the top 10/22 gunsmith in the Northwest. You can read their entire article on plastic vs metal housings here:


You can make either one work if you know what you're doing. However, the aluminum housings are much less precise than the plastic housings. That's why the Kidd drop-in trigger group (one of the most popular trigger groups you'll see at major rimfire competitions) specifies that you use a plastic housing. The aluminum one is not sized or machined accurately enough.

This entire kit will drop into your Ruger 10/22 plastic trigger guard well within 20 minutes of disassembly and reassembly time committed to your trigger job project.


Any of the major 10/22 builders like Clark or Power Custom will be glad to sell you all of the take-off stock Ruger aluminum housings you desire for about $30 each. They're the first thing replaced on a nice custom gun.


January 20, 2013, 09:24 AM

If you have a Ruger 10/22® rifle built 2008 or later, it is likely that your trigger guard, magazine latch and trigger are made of plastic. We have original metal (aluminum), factory finished replacements for sale. We have both black and silver. Please specify color when ordering.
I like how they call them "factory finished replacements" and not "take offs". :rolleyes:

January 20, 2013, 03:57 PM
Both of mine, one bought in 1989 and one bought in 2010 are plenty accurate for me, especially with CCI select or green tag. Either one will shoot around 1.5-2'' at 100yrds off my rest. The squirrel's and mountain dew cans dont stand a chance.

Big Caliber
January 20, 2013, 08:18 PM
I bought a stainless 10/22 in the mid '90's...it is still a piece of crap.