New Project!: Making A Brass 10/22 Receiver From Scratch
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So, I seldom visit the 10/22 forms, but I guess I will be from now on.
I have many pending projects, mostly for grandchildren and future grandchildren, and mostly high-end or custom bolt actions, but I've decided to make a 10/22 receiver. The reason is quite simple. I was an LDS bishop for many years, and during that time, I did my best to introduce our young people to shooting. While most enjoyed it, none seemed to show the enthusiasm I had when I was their age...until now.
One of the young men I mentored as a bishop recently asked, rather naively, whether or not I would consider helping him build a rifle. He wants to be a gunsmith and loves guns and shooting. He said he wanted to build a Rem 700 action. I told him that I wouldn't start with a centerfire, and that I wouldn't make a 700 clone, even if I did go centerfire. I ended up telling him I would think about it.
Well, I've built from parts 3 or 4 10/22s, but none really flipped my switch, and all went down the road when I started focusing on bolt actions and single shots. The 10/22s have become so common, the interest was gone. I had considered building my own receiver, but they too are everywhere, in aluminum and stainless. I recently bought a brass Henry Mare's Leg 45, and was very impressed with its appearance and smoothness. So, the light came on: Why not build a brass 10/22 receiver...and why not build two and involve this young man in the process of building his own? Doing so will teach him basic skills and introduce him to gunsmithing and gun building. And, depending on how much he wants to build, all the other parts are available in many variations. So, that's what I'm going to do.
Now, I have looked at a number of receiver drawings, which seemed pretty good but not complete. Is there a recommended set of blue prints for a 10/22 receiver scratch build like this?
Thanks in advance,
Teddy Bear Rat
Last edited by TEDDY BEAR RAT; 02-25-2013 at 09:06 AM.
Sounds like it might be fun. Be careful, though, in some states I believe it is illegal to build a firearm with the intention of transferring it to another individual (sort of a grey line). If you have not already, DO YOUR RESEARCH! Especially now when good, honest citizens are unconstitutionally being labeled criminals overnight, it is important to cover your backside. Your best bet is to contact BATFE directly and ask your specific question... Don't trust what you read online.
As for dimensions, I was not able to find schematics for a 10/22 receiver anywhere. I may just sit own with my calipers one day, but I don't think that will be of great help to you as you will need a great deal of precision that (at least I) would not trust someone else to obtain. Sure would be fun to make an Autodesk 3D of it, though!
This sounds like an awesome project, I can't wait to see the results!
Last edited by Arrow22291; 05-20-2013 at 09:27 AM.
Thanks. I've actually looked at both those drawings, the first being the most detailed and helpful. The external dimensions are less important to me, since we plan to dress up the outside (probably integral scope bases, not a picatinny rail) and make hand-fitted stocks for them. I'll probably dovetail a separate piece into the receiver for the extended magazine plate, since machining that integrally is a huge waste of expensive brass.
Alright TBR...awesome project guy. Have you given any thought to using a bronze alloy? Years ago we made seals from brass and always had to be aware of steel on brass wear and the ease of brass in gauling. We went to 660 bearing bronze instead and found life and rigididity of the parts very much improved. Just a thought guy. Not sure how the brass will hold up to that bolt slamming back and forth.