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Old September 15, 1999, 10:58 PM   #1
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I currently have a standard Blued aluminum receiver. It does seem rather fragile. I am planning on getting another one to mess around with and considering stainless as the material of choice. What are the advantages of aluminum and stainless? One better over the other?
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Old September 16, 1999, 12:49 PM   #2
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Better how? The stainless is certainly tougher, but standard 10/22s stand up to thousands of rounds with no problem. The recoil force on the 10/22 is taken up by the cross pin, not by the receiver itself.

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Old September 18, 1999, 06:08 AM   #3
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If you take the action out of the stock there
is a large pin at the back of the receiver. This pin is in place to stop the bolt from coming out of its track and to stop the bolt from hitting the rear of the receiver. This pin is what takes most of the punishment on the receiver. There are a couple of companies making a replacement pins made out of a hard rubber, or plastic. When you replace the pin with these it allows the bolt to compress the material a little instead of coming to an abrubt stop. However I have a 10/22 with well over 10,000 round out of it and the only thing that has broke was the extractor. The stop pin hole is slighly enlarged but the stock still holds it in place and the gun still shoots.
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Old September 18, 1999, 10:58 AM   #4
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The argument for the stainless steel receivers come into play when the 10/22 is rebarreled with the heavier match barrel. Supposedly the heavier barrel causes more stress on the receiver and hence the receiver should be fabricated of stronger material.

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Old September 18, 1999, 03:20 PM   #5
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I have a Briley STC 10/22 that is based on the Ruger 10/22. The only Ruger part left is the aluminium receiver. I can see that the aluminium receiver could have problems supporting the 21" long stainless bull barrel without the additional support. Briley solves the issue of needing extra support for the heavy floated barrel by attatching the weaver rail, both to the receiver and to the barrel. I have had no reason to remove the barrel since Briley built it, but it looks very solid.

On the subject of the rubber/polyurathane bolt buffer pins for the 10/22. I like them. They prevent the bolt pin holes in the receiver from goose egging and the also make the action noticably quieter.


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Old September 18, 1999, 04:37 PM   #6
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I agree with the concensus on the vibration dampening replacement bolt stop pins. I have the Volquestren dampener in my 10/22 and I have noticed how much quieter and more efficient the weapon seems to fire (it brings the felt recoil from wimpy to just plain panzyesque!)
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Old September 22, 1999, 12:11 AM   #7
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I may be wrong, but I recall reading in the Ruger catalog that the stainless 10/22's receiver is also aluminum but is simply anodized to match the stainless barrel.
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Old September 22, 1999, 04:54 AM   #8
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Flashman the Ruger stainless 10/22 uses the same receiver as the other 10/22 rifles. It just has a different color of anodizing. What we were discussing is the aftermarket 10/22 receiver made from stainless steel that mimic the Ruger receiver. Like the various manufacturers of AR receivers. Rugers patent protection ran out and other companies started manufacturing them about 4 years ago. So far not many have wanted to mostly because the standard Ruger receiver is just fine unless you would like to install a threaded barrel for a more secure barrel to receiver fit.
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