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Got my first 10/22 back

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My 1st 10/22 has come back home.

I bought this rifle in 2005 or so and kept it for about 15 years. I was never really crazy about it, only ammo that I had it would shoot were MiniMags, and even they weren't as accurate as I would like. (A lot of the accuracy issue was me looking back honestly.)

In the meantime, I got a Tactical Solutions X Ring Takedown and put an order in for a Kidd Super Grade.

Gf's parents came over for lunch in the early stages of the pandemic of 2020. Gun stores around here had very limited and often over priced inventory. Gf's dad lamented the wished he bought a 10/22 when they were cheap and everywhere. I told him I had one I'd be willing to sell and he asked to look at it. I told him why I was willing to sell it, and he said no problem, just wanted a backyard plinker. A friends and family deal was struck.

Skip forward, last year he had a stroke, and has been doing PT and rehab since. He has been getting better, but probably won't ever get back to his normal. We took dinner over last night for Gf's mother's birthday and after dinner he asked me if I'd like to have my old rifle back. I did, and I do, but have some mixed feelings based on its previous performance.

However, it is my first 10/22, and as I was thinking on the drive back home, also the first 22 rifle I ever paid my own $ for so I'm glad to have I back.

I do have a Magpul stock that I had it in before, and I upgraded the TacSol BX trigger to a Kidd single stage. I think I will put the BX trigger with an automatic bolt release and extended magazine release in the rifle.

Sometime shortly after I bought the rifle, I spent about $25 and got a Simmons scope and ring combo and put on it. I know, what was I thinking, but even though I had owned guns for years, in 2005ish I wasn't "into" guns. I think I will get a higher quality scope, some Leupold Rifleman rings and give it another try. If it still won't shoot, it'll probably get a trip to Connecticut to see Randy.

Even though this is going back into a Magpul stock, the right side grain pattern is decent looking. The left side is what you would expect in a budget gun.

I'd like this rifle to end up being a decent reliable shooter.
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I'd just like to have a loaner rifle for Appleseed events and at least one 10/22 that doesn't have a 4 digit price tag.
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Just send it up to Randy at CPC . He鈥檒l make a good shooter out of it. A sleeper 1022 is lots of fun. People are shocked when a stock looking 1022 is shooting so good.馃槼馃槑
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Just send it up to Randy at CPC . He鈥檒l make a good shooter out of it. A sleeper 1022 is lots of fun. People are shocked when a stock looking 1022 is shooting so good.馃槼馃槑
That would be fun, completely stock looking, maybe put some Lapua or Eley ammo in a Thunderbolt box...people would lose their minds.
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Clean it up, especially the chamber, tape bed it, put a pressure pad under the barrel,tune the torque on the take down scre and see how it shoots.
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i like the looks of it - beech stock i think , it has a warm look to it unlike the synthetics ,
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man, I wish I could get my original '72 made 10/22 back...

like an idiot, I swapped it into a Bishop made walnut stock, and installed a SS Butler Creek heavy barrel and sold it in '78

I had just turned 16, and used the money for a car


good luck with whatever you decide for yours..I know if it were mine, I'd keep it original, for nostalgic reasons if nothing else
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man, I wish I could get my original '72 made 10/22 back...

like an idiot, I swapped it into a Bishop made walnut stock, and installed a SS Butler Creek heavy barrel and sold it in '78

I had just turned 16, and used the money for a car


good luck with whatever you decide for yours..I know if it were mine, I'd keep it original, for nostalgic reasons if nothing else
I think I've decided to leave it alone for now, other than a good cleaning and some tape bedding. It may wind up getting a set of Tech Sights at some point.
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I bought my first 10/22 in 1976. In 1981 I joined the Army and just before leaving home I sold the rifle to my cousin. Fast forward about ten plus years and I was visiting my cousin and the topic of the rifle came up.

He said it was in his attic and he had never fired it and did I want it back... boy did I ever!. Even though I sold it to him for $75 he gave it to me and refused to take a dime. It looked fantastic, I feared being in the attic it would have rusted (Panama City, FL). How it didn't rust I'll never know.

Still have it and will NEVER part with it again. I stomped many a mile in the woods with that rifle as a kid and always regretted selling it.
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I鈥檓 glad to see you got your first self bought gun back.

My first 22 was a 10/22 made around 1969 or 1970. It was a Jam-O-Matic. It brought me nothing but bad memories of never functioning properly. We sold it a few years later. I never missed it at all. If I had known then, what I know now, a new extractor would have probably solved the issue. There were no high quality aftermarket parts like there is today.
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I have had many FrankenRuger's but after all these years I now have a bone stock 10/22 that with a little tweeking of the action screw is almost as accurate as my $2300.00 custom I built a few years ago. I found a 2006 10/22 in near new condition in a locale pawn shop for $200.00. I bought it because it doesn't have all that plastic sh*t on it.
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