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.



  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.

  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.

  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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