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My Ruger 10/22 Evolution:

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Dyjital, Mar 23, 2010.

  1. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Well..

    My Ruger 10/22 as it sat a while ago.
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    I found a heavy barrel at ABG Buyers yesterday. So today I went and bought it. Clerke International Stainless 16".
    Here's what I started with this morning:
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    My heavy barrel installed into the receiver:
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    I went to modding the original stock that I had because I wanted to keep the swap cost low. I bought a 1" dowel and some sand paper. The bull barrel is .920" so that's very close to the 1" that I had. I was going to make a full floating barrel so there's nothing pressing or touching the barrel. Just cause I can.


    My sanding method. Sticky sand paper worked back and forth.
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    Partial way through. Looked clean and straight.
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    I cut this piece off. There was a gay plastic strap that went on there. With the heavy barrel it won't fit. So it had to go.
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    After many test fits I was finally at a floating barrel. I have about 1/16" space all around the barrel. Doesn't touch. NIIIICE.

    While my cousin and I were at Home Depot picking up the dowel and sand paper he suggested painting the stock. I considered a full paint but I didn't want to paint the $80 scope. So I did the stock only. Snow camouflage.

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    Turned out good. White background. I sanded the stock down with 240 grit so I could get the sheen from the stain they used off.
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    A little grey and black stripes in odd patterns, we were finished.

    Here's the action shots all assembled:

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    I an pleased that I took the butt plate off and kept it black. Goes well with the black/silver/white theme right now.


    Took it down to Bi-Mart have it bore sighted. I actually had to take it twice. The first time I had an issue with the barrel. Had to take it home and modify the stock some more. Returned and got the sight on.

    Now it's ready to go see how it shoots.

    Any thoughts? I felt really good about making this. I have a few other things still to do to the gun but overall I'd say it's 90% complete on what I want to do.
    Few things still to do. Trigger and extended mag release.
     
  2. simpleguy

    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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    Sweet,

    I like the dowel idea and the play by play photos. Now, hopefully I can get a few more 10-22's so I can do the same to one.
     
  3. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Interesting... makes me want to go out and get another 10/22 to "play" with. :D

    Looks good BTW :thumbup:
     
  4. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Nice work! Thanks for posting!
     
  5. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom Vancouver, WA Bronze Vendor Bronze Vendor

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    Must admit I was a little nervous when I saw the sawzall in the first getting started pic...

    Nice job :thumbup:
     
  6. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Believe it or not but I couldn't get the sawzall to work.
    I ended up hand cutting that part of the stock off. With the sawzall blade.
     
  7. longcolt

    longcolt Zephyrhills, FL Active Member

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    Were you able to contour the front of your stock where you made the cut? To smooth out the sharp cutoff. If so did you do it by hand?
     
  8. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Negative. For right now I just did a straight cut, sanded it off. Front is kinda fugly but I'll end up rounding it later on. I'm probably going to repaint it soon so I'll do that before I repaint.

    It may be hard with the rail and bipod to have a nice rounded nose.
     
  9. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I have the Clerke fluted stainless on my 10/22s.. with the Butler Creek folder it makes a very compact weapon, folded

    The flutes allowed me to only have to file a tiny bit off the front edge of the barrel channel, it was fast and painless

    The forward band negatively impacts accuracy, good to get rid of it even with a stock barrel, unless your rifle sees a lot of serious field abuse
     
  10. Yankeefan

    Yankeefan Southern Oregon Member

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    Very nice! Kinda makes me want to go and get 10/22 again just to tinker with.
     
  11. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    So my results.

    Today I went and shot.

    @ 50 yards I was able to punch 20 rounds through 1/2" square.

    Before at 50 yards I did about an 8" circle. (diameter)

    Very, VERY VERY impressed with the accuracy.
     
  12. sothereiwas

    sothereiwas Vancouver New Member

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    I just removed my Fajen adjustable stock and did the same thing to my factory one except matched the finish and added sling studs. Complete free float except the 1" closest to the action and it was noticeably better then even the aftermarket stock.
     
  13. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    Top.jpg

    There's the scan of the target. 1" squares.

    That's after 50 rounds getting it set up.
    I did 10 rounds, adjust scope, 10 rounds adjust,
    This actually would be rounds 30-55. 25 round Butler Creek mag was in when I shot all these holes.


    EDIT:
    I never mentioned the distance.

    This was shot at 50 yards with Peters(Remington) ammo.
     
  14. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Now you need an Exact Edge Extractor and a full trigger group from Volquartsen !
     
  15. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    I'm still learning about the internals for the trigger setup.

    I'm not really sure what all the parts do inside but I'm learning.

    I also don't know if my wife would allow me to spend another $250 on internals. I'll have a LOT into this gun by then.

    I see these:
    https://www.volquartsen.com/products/181-match-hammer-and-sear

    I see that it reduces the lbs of the trigger pull but I also need to reduce the slop in the trigger before it breaks.

    As stated: I am new to this .22 building.
     
  16. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I sell the Volquartsen trigger group for $180 and the Extractor for a little over 10 bucks. I have these on all my personal 10/22s and would never go back to the stock parts! Do a web search, never pay full retail!
     
  17. sothereiwas

    sothereiwas Vancouver New Member

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    My buddy has the Volquartsen trigger group in his 10/22 and after doing a lot of research I found that you get more for your money with a Clark custom guns trigger group. I was able to order everything the "V" kit comes with, an extractor, a DVD that shows how to completely disassemble my 10/22 and two hammer and sear shim kits from Midway for less money. Once assembled its a nicer trigger IMHO.
     
  18. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I've never tried the Clark, but the Volquartsen is a drop in machined unit and the trigger pull is about 2.5 lbs
     
  19. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    I read on Rimfirecentral that you can polish the parts that rub giving a smoother trigger pull.

    I may give that a shot and see how it handles, then work on taking out slack.

    I have already modified my HMR's trigger so I'll see how this goes. Time to bust out the Dremel and the polishing wheel.

    I guess:
    http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=269423

    May be a cheaper alternative.
     
  20. PinkhamR

    PinkhamR Altus, Oklahoma MSgt, USAF (Retired)-FFL Lifetime Supporter

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    Excellent - I applaud you .... :) I use the Timney Trigger some of mine .... just because it's a tad less expensive and I really like the 2.5 pound pull ... :D