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Old 04-19-2019, 09:31 PM
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Hey-

Retiring soon and thinking about haunting gun shows looking for .22 rifles to refurb...

Which brands have the best parts supply... ?

Thanks, D.
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Old 04-20-2019, 06:53 AM
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OEM parts can usually be found for any reasonably modern rifle. For aftermarket parts the Ruger 10/22 will be hard to beat. You can build an entire rifle and not use a single Ruger part. New and used OEM parts are easy to find because so many people customize the 10/22.
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Old 04-20-2019, 07:10 AM
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Check out numerix,and brownells, web sites.if they have a lot of parts then they are abundant. My guess for your business model, would be Marlins, thereís a sticky on this website, that tells you what the sears, monkey wards , and house brand really are. Those are going to be the cheapest 22s at the gun shows ,pawn shops and,garage sales . The gun shows in Indiana that Iíve been to, donít really have many deals, these guys are trying to make a living too.

Good luck on your new endeavor.

ps, if this turns into a business, thereís gonna be a lot of paperwork, atf , irs , etc.
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That sounds like a fantastic way to make a small fortune....
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By starting with a large one.
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Old 04-20-2019, 01:53 PM
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Thanks for the help.
Just doing it to keep learning,and maybe for the youger ones some day...

truckjohn :-)

Keep the comments coming guys--
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Many of the old 22's had a one piece barrel and action. If the bore is not good I would stay away from those. Or learn to do barrel liners? Ebay is loaded with parts and stocks for many rifles. If it is not there now it will show up soon.
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Old 04-20-2019, 06:00 PM
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That sounds like a fantastic way to make a small fortune....
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By starting with a large one.
I agree. It's hard to make money restoring things that don't sell for much when new.
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I think you could make money as long as you target your audience. If you want to target the 35 year old and younger market, than take beat up "Tactical" type .22's, and refinish those, that have good bore's, and just need a little TLC.

If you want to restore the classics, i.e. rifles like Win 52, Marlin 39, Browning SA-22, appeal to the old geezers (like myself 54 years old), and find rifles again that don't need much in parts, but some TLC. I'm amazed at how many rifles I see that just need a little elbow grease, some stock sanding/Lacquer, and some light removal of surface rust, and you have a Gem.

Just like guys who take older cars and add a little elbow grease, you could make a little walking around money.
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