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Old 01-11-2017, 08:40 PM
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Since I picked up the '96 10/22 and decided to build a heavy I've been looking at barrels and stocks, and working on the trigger group and bolt. Having access to a high precision machine shop at work and machinists who like to tinker there's no need to send anything out. Today I got the idea to make this an all-Ruger build. Obviously the barrel is the big question mark so I ask, is it a waste of time putting any work into a Ruger Target barrel? If there's potential there to shoot MOA with the usual re-chamber/crown etc. it's an interesting thought. If they just won't shoot I'll keep thinking. Not interested in rolling the dice on that 1 in 100 barrel that shoots if that's how it is.


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Old 01-11-2017, 09:02 PM
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mod the factory target barrel and have a shooter. they are certainly worth it to me.



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Old 01-11-2017, 09:28 PM
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Well there's an opinion that carries some weight. So you think a worked Ruger target barrel *should* shoot with say a GM bull or heavy taper? Thanks for checking in!

Wouldn't happen to have one laying around the shop gathering dust?
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:08 PM
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I just bought a Ruger 10/22 VLEH. It shoots sub moa all day with the Ruger factory bull. I did install a Kidd complete bolt with charging handle, Kidd single stage trigger, auto bolt release, and buffer. I was all ready to buy a Fedderson bb, but my first trip to the range with the factory barrel at 50 yds I shot a 30 rnd group off the bench ( using only a bipod) that I could completely cover with a quarter. That was with cheap Winchester bulk ammo. So the stock Ruger barrel definitely has potential.
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:12 PM
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Old 01-12-2017, 09:41 AM
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That looks promising, would like to see some 5 shot groups measured.

Does Ruger use a different chamber for the target and LVT barrels?
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:22 AM
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I honestly don't know. But it is definitely more accurate than any of my Ruger factory taper barrels when they were new. Most of those barrels have been replaced.
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Since I picked up the '96 10/22 and decided to build a heavy I've been looking at barrels and stocks, and working on the trigger group and bolt. Having access to a high precision machine shop at work and machinists who like to tinker there's no need to send anything out. Today I got the idea to make this an all-Ruger build. Obviously the barrel is the big question mark so I ask, is it a waste of time putting any work into a Ruger Target barrel? If there's potential there to shoot MOA with the usual re-chamber/crown etc. it's an interesting thought. If they just won't shoot I'll keep thinking. Not interested in rolling the dice on that 1 in 100 barrel that shoots if that's how it is.


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[email protected] doesn't think it's a dumb idea at all
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I honestly don't know. But it is definitely more accurate than any of my Ruger factory taper barrels when they were new. Most of those barrels have been replaced.
My VLEH shoots amazingly (and has the "crooked" receiver just for fun!)

This is a 0.7 MOA target, 50 yards, outdoors, VERY little wind.

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Old 01-12-2017, 04:19 PM
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Like I said they definitely have potential. Nice shooting.
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Like I said they definitely have potential. Nice shooting.
Thanks! You, too.
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The Ruger 20" target barrel is $99 for the blued and $119 for the stainless from Ruger. There must be some reason guys spend $75 more for Green Mountain, Feddersen, etc? If you have to have the barrel tuned to shoot with these other brands then that explains it, puts the combined price in KIDD territory. Not bargain building and not afraid of buy once/cry once just checking all possibilities. I like different.
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The reason people spend more $ on aftermarket barrels is because they are, for the most part, more accurate. This is because aftermarket barrels have tighter tolerances, but this also usually makes them a little less reliable. But if you take a factory Ruger barrel and have it recrowned and chambered properly you are essentially getting the same thing that the aftermarket barrel companies offer.
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Nick, I got the impression you were thinking the factory barrel was shooting pretty darn good with that target and all, but I see in the barrels forum you're getting a Feddersen. Apparently not good enough? No thoughts of having CPC work it over?

Maybe the fact that nobody around here seems to be doing this tells me what I need to know.

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The reason people spend more $ on aftermarket barrels is because they are, for the most part, more accurate. This is because aftermarket barrels have tighter tolerances, but this also usually makes them a little less reliable. But if you take a factory Ruger barrel and have it recrowned and chambered properly you are essentially getting the same thing that the aftermarket barrel companies offer.


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I've had Randy @ CPC, rework a few factory carbine barrels.
Rechambered and recrowned.
Excellent shooter's.
They're very good barrels if you ask me.
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