Friday, December 9, 2016

Three Tips To Keep Your Ruger 10/22 Running Like A Top




Sent in by Mr Natural:

This article is from GunCarrier



This is a follow-up to the feature on Ruger 10/22 rifles from earlier this week. As a proud user of two of these rifles, and friend of many others who use them also, I’ve come to learn a couple tricks to keep them running well, especially during extended use or in rough weather.


  1. Ammunition makes a difference

.22 ammunition is known for running a bit dirty, creating more gunk in the action than centerfire ammunition types, as a rule. This problem can be multiplied when using a suppressor, which can also increase fouling in the barrel.


I’ve run many brands of ammunition through my 10/22s. Ammo that has an exposed lead bullet is usually less expensive, but fouling is accelerated. Many brands that work perfectly well for just a bit of shooting in a repeating rifle, or for extended use in a single-shot rifle, begin to have failures to eject when the 10/22 action has become dirty and hot.
There’s one brand of ammunition that my friends and have had great success with in our little Rugers. It’s CCI’s 22 Mini-Mag load. At around 18 cents per round, it’s not the cheapest 22 ammo, but not the most expensive either.


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3 comments:

  1. I put a new scope on it. I haven't cleaned it for ~20 years. I haven't shot it much at all in that time however. The new scope, BTW, needed two clicks to the left to zero. Never done any scope like that easy before. When I bought the gun back in ??? I took it apart, and there was a lot of gunk in the receiver. I suspect this to be the case now. Probably just cleaning the breach would fix the small problem. That cheap mezcan ammo doesn't help, but it's accurate.

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  2. CCI is good shit.
    I used to try to run Stingers but they are damn hard to come by these days.
    You can hear the difference in the report and they eject well.
    I have never run into a misfire with one.

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  3. BTW, I have 2 10/22's.
    One has a couple of upgrades like the magazine eject button and an internal piece I can't remember the name of at the moment.
    The other is a brand new, in the box, 50th anniversary edition a friend gave to me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I still haven't shot it yet.

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