I thought y'all might like to see my first go at building a rifle. This might sound crazy, but it's purpose-built for a single kind of ammunition: Aguila 60gr. SSS .22LR subsonic. Of course I can fire any .22LR through it just fine, but this is the only weapon I have that is guaranteed to stabilize the long, skinny SSS round. I don't want to risk a baffle strike in my one and only suppressor! First off, thanks go out to James at Willamette Valley Arms; I've dealt with him and Joe at WVA, and I'm sure to become a regular customer. Good guys. :thumbup: I got the cheapie 10/22 from Bi-Mart when they had them going for the loss-leader price of $169.97. I can't even find a complete action for that little, and now I've got a spare barrel too. I just wish I had some use for the furniture, because it's a beautiful piece of birch. I landed a great deal on the E.R.Shaw 1:9" twist all-steel bull barrel and the Hogue overmolded stock at Shooters Discount. The Tasco 2.5-10X42 scope came from OpticSale.com, a site that competes head-to-head with OpticsPlanet. It was a steal. But how about those Kwik-Site rings? Did you notice that there's no rail? That's the great thing about the 10/22: it's so universal a platform that you can find all kinds of cool accessories, including these rings that attach directly to the rail-mounting holes. I love the super-smooth look. The only bit of fiddling that I did was to add a shim (lead foil) under the scope at the rear ring, to cant it downward slightly for long-range shooting. I want to see what it can do out past 200 yds. I already had a 10/22, so I didn't need to buy new mags. The total investment came to exactly $500 not including ammo, and it would've been even less if I hadn't screwed up an order and had to pay to return an item. From what I read, lots of you guys spend twice that much on your pet 10/22 projects! View attachment 20555 In the photo you can see the rifle with its SWR Warlock suppressor attached, standing next to a Mossberg 500 with a 20" barrel. That all-steel bull barrel may weigh a ton, but it's just the thing for sniping, and it matches up nicely with the can. The unique thing about the 60gr. .22LR (and what drove this whole project) is the extreme sectional density of the round: 4826 gr./sq.in., compared to 4503 for a 230 gr. .45ACP. The wallop is impressive, to say the least. I've just started sighting it in, and it's ridiculously quiet if I hold the bolt closed. And that's the punchline here: I finally found an advantage to being left handed! My right thumb is in the perfect position to keep the bolt from opening, greatly reducing the sound signature. Unlike the bolt lock (JG Bolt Lock), my thumb allows a little bounce that should prevent the chamber pressure from rising much above its normal semi-auto level. After all, the .22LR exerts a heckuvalot of pressure, and I don't need to punish the chamber any more. View attachment 20554 Okay, now it's your turn: what did I do wrong? What do I need to do? A bipod would make sense, but they all seem so - - gawky.