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Old 07-11-2017, 10:43 PM
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I found this odd 10/22 today. I'd been wanting an older 10/22, and at $200, it was hard to pass up. Seems to be in pretty good condition, other than a few dings in the stock. And it looks like the previous owner had quite a bit of fun with it, since the innards are quite dirty. I'm gonna have some fun cleaning this one out. Anyway, the stock looks similar to the stock on my Deluxe Sporter, with no barrel band. Except the forend has these two grooves in the front, one on either side. I love the way it looks! It also has sling swivels like nothing I've seen before. I think a leather sling would look very nice on this rifle.

I can't seem to find any information on this 10/22. Never seen a stock like it before, but I assume it's a factory stock, based on the grip cap and the butt plate. The serial number indicates it was manufactured in 1971. And the receiver is marked "10/22 Carbine." 18" barrel. Can anyone tell me anything about it? I've posted some pictures for reference.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:44 PM
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:50 PM
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That is the much coveted finger groove stock. In my opinion, the prettiest stock they ever made. It just feels good when you bring it to your shoulder.

I bought one on EBay a while back and am going to refinish it.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:01 PM
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Nice rifle! I would of bought it without a second thought.
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:40 PM
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I found this odd 10/22 today. I'd been wanting an older 10/22, and at $200, it was hard to pass up.
That stock alone, in that condition, is probably worth significantly more than you paid for the entire rifle. Congratulations!

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Old 07-12-2017, 12:06 AM
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That is the original 10/22 Sporter, generally referred to as the "Finger Groove Sporter". They were made from 1966 to 1971, so you got one of the last ones made before Ruger changed the stock design and started making the Deluxe Sporter, which is still in production. The FG Sporters are generally considered to be the most desireable 10/22 of all the ones that have been made. You're a lucky man to find that for $200.
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Old 07-12-2017, 12:38 AM
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It is a very nice stock, despite the dings and scratches. I don't think I'll refinish it though. The finish is still pretty good, and those marks add character, in my humble opinion. I love the look of 10/22s without the barrel band, which is the reason why I bought the Deluxe Sporter, my first 10/22 and first .22 gun, period. Maybe it's just me, but I think the barrel band takes away from the aesthetics of the gun. And those finger grooves just make it look so sweet.
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Old 07-12-2017, 12:42 AM
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Also, just how good of a deal did I get, considering the FG Sporter is the "most desirable" 10/22 ever made? From these responses, it would seem I got a smoking deal on the thing.
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You indeed did well, lots of us would have broken our arms getting out the cash for that one.
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:30 AM
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You indeed did well, lots of us would have broken our arms getting out the cash for that one.
What Gerald said!
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:30 AM
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Ill give you 220 fot it ??
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:01 PM
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The stock is worth $200 by itself. The marks and scratches can be remedied by wiping on some Howards Feed 'N Wax to make them disappear. Works great! I highly recommend replacing the old style Ruger firing pin with a modern bevel tip Ruger firing pin. The old style firing pin is not reliable when it gets a few years on it and failures to fire every other round are very common. I own 5 of these old "Sporters" and had to replace the firing pins on all 5 of them. Other members have also fixed their old "Sporters" by replacing the firing pins. Or you might want to reshape the old firing pin by beveling the tip yourself to save a little money. YMMV Good Luck!
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:17 PM
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I paid $207.00 + shipping for stock from EBay. It did come with the original pre-warning barrel and all the parts. Worth every penny to me.
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That is the much coveted finger groove stock. In my opinion, the prettziest stock they ever made. It just feels good when you bring it to your shoulder.

I bought one on EBay a while back and am going to refinish it.
Very nice!
I thought I had one of the first sporters!

You guys teach me stuff I never knew I needed to know!
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:29 PM
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As soon as I started reading the OP I was thinking "did this guy just find a dusty old FG sitting on some shelf and get it for less than a new 10/22 goes for?". Sho nuf he did. Good find, you just made half the forum jealous.
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