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Old 01-31-2013, 09:52 AM
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Was there any particular year when the 10/22's became much improved or better that is widely known? I am looking to purchase one and would like to add mods to it as the years go by better scope, and other customization possibly. But for know I would like to pay as little as possible and have a reliable straight shooting 22 lr. Any advice on year and model?

If this is inconclusive I might just go with the new FS or takedown model.

I see many 10/22's from 80's and 90's for cheap on the broker type sites and since the box stores are out I was thinking I might get the most bang for the buck by purchasing one that is used slightly dinged but rust free...

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Old 01-31-2013, 10:13 AM
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Hi, welcome to Rimfire Central!

There is nothing in a newer model 10/22 that won't last. The older ones were made nicer- prettier bluing, aluminum triggerguards and barrel bands, walnut stocks, etc., but the actual working parts? They just work. 10/22's are generally extremely reliable long-lasting .22 rifles. Most are able to shoot almost any ammunition you put in them with no trouble.

I think it's really just a personal decision as to what flavor 10/22 you want, but chances are that whatever you choose, you will end up with an excellent rifle that you can depend on for years to come.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:49 AM
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Welcome..

The most reliable..? .... the one you can find ammo for

As stated the Older ones IMO are better in many ways...but..if ya want Tupperware TG so you can drop in a KID Trigger Kit then that's what ya need.

http://www.coolguyguns.com/Ruger-102...-kit_p_95.html


Take downs are great IF ya need one for the Compact stow-ability...otherwise they are not as modifiable.

Out of the box or OLDER there are things that need modified for many reasons..and one is reliability..so take your pick and get started.
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First, Welcome to RFC.

I bought my 10/22 in 75. It was made in 74 prefix 113. Shots great, had minute of squirrel accuracy out of the box. Put a scope and sling on it and shot it as is for 20 years, +- 200,000 rounds, before I decided on a mod or two. Now not much left but action and bolt. Still have original parts and put it back to factory for a while a couple years ago. Still shoots MOS.

If buying today I would go with a new TD model, shoot the heck out of it, mod as the mood strikes and figure out who you will leave it to.

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Old 01-31-2013, 11:28 AM
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Thank very much!

Well if most guns are just as good or better if they are the older ones then thats great. I slightly prefer wood and the look and feel of it. Maybe if I can find a rust free one then that would be cool.
As I have not made any real decision, is there anything else better that might cost a bit more? (in a 22lr)
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:46 AM
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IMO no..

But some will argue or make a case for ________...fill in the blank.

Don't get scared off of 10/22's...they are fantastic little guns...I own a few safes full.

Older Woodie...Modified '72 ...this one has had approx. 20K rounds thru it.


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Old 02-01-2013, 01:13 AM
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That's a nice looking stock Chaser, thanks for sharing.
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My very first 10/22 (Tactical Target) purchased earlier last year has been reliable since the initial break in of a couple hundred rounds. Never had any problems now with a couple thousand rounds through it. It is mildly modified with Kidd trigger parts.

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After all these years seeing that pic....it still blows my mind you taught that gun to self levitate!
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I like the newer ones with synthetic stock and fiber optic sights. No modifications needed other than a target hammer for ~$25.

I still have the first one I bought way back 80's and comparing the two I like the newer gun better. I like the polymer trigger group and the polymer barrel band is stronger than the aluminum. My aluminum band broke many years ago and I replaced it with another aluminum because it was before they started making them in polymer.
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