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Old March 31, 2019, 09:55 PM   #3
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I also hang out on a chat board devoted entirely to rimfire firearms; the ruger 10/22 folks sort of rule the roost.

Myself, I have a long running thread where I shoot a sample group, make a change, note the cost, and compare the improvements in accuracy.

The “through pin” method Dale describes is an attempt to stabilize the receiver that is done when free-floating the barrel as the 10/22 is only mounted with one screw through the soft birch stock.

The latest trend is to install a tang L bracket to the back of the receiver, inlet the stock and epoxy bed the receiver. It’s going to be more stable and easy to get a repeatable solid mount than horizontal pins, but it’s just another way to do the same job.

However... if one is going to all that trouble, it’s better to simply buy an after market receiver with an integral tang machined in and an integrated scope rail.

Most all Rugers still ship with the stock trigger, only a few rare ones ship with the improved bx trigger (which is supposed to be darned near okay. One is in the mail to me right now.) Everyone agrees that any serious serious target 10/22 has a $200 Kidd 2 stage trigger. For about half that, there are several 1 stage triggers that people argue is comparable to the 1 stage Kidd trigger. The bx trigger is half of that, or $50.

Even throwing in an improved aftermarket bolt assembly, recoil spring, pins, decent barrel and custom stock... it’s a little cheaper to build your own fancy “ruger” with an $800 budget.

Some people have no interest in kitting together their own target rifle, word on the street seems to be generally positive about the Ruger Competition except that:
A. For that price you could kit something up a lot nicer or
B. For that price You could have a CZ bolt gun and scope that shoot rings around it

My own project is my attempt at finding the sweet spot in the price/performance curve.

Starting from a stock gun, better iron sights help my old eyes a little. A good scope is an immense improvement in reducing group size. Something like 4 inch to 2 inch groups at 50 yards.

Next, I free floated the barrel from the stock and barrel band. Then, after testing .22 ammo, I was able to get 1.125 inch groups.

But then I found a problem: loosening the receiver the retightening M.A.D. the groups string fairly horribly. I just did a very detailed inspection and found that the bedding of the receiver is hit-or-miss: there were some high spots allowing the receiver to rock and I assume the receiver/barrel interface to flex. I did a little improvement to the inletting and the result seems much more solid.

I am waiting for a bx trigger to arrive. I will attempt more accuracy tests with the new trigger and minor woodworking fix.

An aluminum bedding post is on order. I will bed the receiver soon. No tang hold down as it would interfere with the rear “cleaning hole” I drilled in the receiver. Ya drill a hole in the back of the receiver so every 1000 rounds or so you can clean with a rod from the breech without pulling off the barrel.

I am thinking that a careful bedding job will be nearly as good as a tang mounting screw and part of me is drawing the line where I feel it’s no longer a “10/22” but becomes a new design.

A long time ago, I built an ar-15 varmint rifle that was easily sub-moa at 100 yards. I am now appreciating the genius of the AR design features:

1. Barrel screws in such that free floating a barrel is simple stupid and the barrel to receiver interface is rock solid.

2. “Floppy” butt stock/buffer tube put practically no stress on the receiver. The receiver is practically free floating, too.

3. Pistol grip further sort of isolates the receiver from the shooters hand, about as much as can be.

Adding that one can handload .223 and can’t control the load of rimfire ammunition except by trial and error and hunt and peck... I can see how one can basically redesign the entire 10/22 platform except....

It was built to be an affordable knock around hunting rifle. I want to see what mine can do with a budget under $300.

With the bx trigger and scope, I am skirting $290 including all taxes and shipping costs.

My control rifle is a brand new cz 455 bolt action with .22 and .17 barrels I got for $510. So far, the 500$ cz has outshot the $200 ruger. But the little ruger is closing the gap.
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