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Please tell me about the Ruger 10/22

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Gunner3456, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    OK, I'm buying inexpensive .22lr rifles as they go on sale for future barter. Hey, if nothing else, they won't lose much value, I hope.

    I've never owned a Ruger 10/22 but I have heard a lot of rumor that they jam a lot. Is that true? I've heard that they don't like some kinds of ammo. True/false?

    I've been spoiled for years with Remington Nylon 66's and they'll eat anything, have a great trigger and are tack drivers, but they are too expensive now for stocking up.

    I'd also like opinions on other 22's in rifles. Bi Mart had Marlin semi-autos on sale a couple of weeks ago for $129 and I bought a couple. Of course I'm also buying bricks of ammo for them.

    Please talk to me. What's good and what's bad in the under $200 rifles, various brands? Bi Mart had 10/22's on sale for $179 not too long ago and I passed.

    Anything?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Do you mean for gun trading/collecting, or bartering for food or goods in a disaster?
     
  3. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    More SHTF stuff - goes along with silver, etc. I think some people would find more use for a nice rifle and/or a brick of ammo than for silver in some cases. You can hunt for food with a .22 but you can't eat silver.

    If we have runaway inflation, I'd rather have "things" than cash, too.

    Diversify investments. :)

    $.02
     
  4. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I'm one who believes that if the SHTF, silver and gold are a good place to have parked money, but I'm not sure how negotiable it will be if people are hungry. A loaf of bread might be worth a wheelbarrow load of silver and a train load of paper currency.

    A nice rifle and a brick of ammo would be handy for a lot of things...

    $.02
     
  5. slingshot1943

    slingshot1943 salem or Well-Known Member

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    I've had a 10-22 for years. It shoots better than I do and it never has jammed. Very dependable and deadly accurate.
     
  6. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    I like the idea of a cheap 22 for future trading stock. It could be worth quite a bit to someone in need. As to 10/22 jamming a lot that has not been my experience, and do to the design they are quite easy to clear. Just drop the mag and work the bolt. Unlike straight mag or tube mag, there is plenty of room for your fingers if needed. Yes they can get picky with a few types of ammo but that is usually with after market mags. Besides try to find a 25 or 50 round mag for other 22's
     
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    arjunki Beaverton Active Member

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  8. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    with 'good' ammo like Minimags they run 100 percent.With bulk ammo any semi auto can and will jam.
    don't be afraid to diversiry and get a Marlin 60,they run good and are very accurate. My 10-22 is only fairly accurate no matter who shoots it,but it's good enough for me.
    No,I'm not going to spend 300..00 to make it more accurate,thankew.
     
  9. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    +1 on Marlin 60s - they are definitely more accurate out of the box than a 10/22
     
  10. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    My Nylon 66's won't jam no matter what I throw in them - never had it happen. I keep hearing that 10/22's are picky about ammo and I just want to know how others experience them.
     
  11. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Are they picky about ammo?
     
  12. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    I bought 2 of the 10/22s for Christmas gifts as well as TheWorks1022.com Performance Mods DVD. After polishing the key surfaces of the bolt and a very minor tweak to the ejector {for preventing stove pipe jams} these are operating wonderfully. Before tweaking the ejector, the first magazine of 25 had a couple of stove pipes but the next 3 mags had none.

    Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at the rifle's accuracy right out of the box. Was a bit dissapointed to learn the trigger group 'frame' was plastic. :(
     
  13. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    10/22s are pretty un-reliable.

    I would buy 4 used Glenfield Model 60s for the same price.(Marlin)

    You will have 4 times the trading power.

    Nobody will care about the 10/22s ability to accessorize in a disaster. (That is the reason they are so popular)
     
  14. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Good info. I don't want to polish parts and tweak the ejectors. Remember, I'm buying several. I think that's Ruger's job. Besides, the 10/22's cost about $50 more than the Marlins and I'm looking for trading/bartering pieces for down the road, maybe.

    So, do the Marlins run as well or better out of the box?
     
  15. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I don't know if the new ones run as well as the old ones.

    I only have used the old Glenfields and they run awesome. The tube mag is easy to load and holds more rounds.

    I pay around $40ea for used Glenfields.
     
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    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I'll take that as gospel from you, Coctailer. Are you saying that you can buy used 60's for 1/4 the price of 1 new 10/22? Where? 10/22's were $179 at Bi Mart a few weeks ago. I just bought new Marlins at Bi Mart for $129. ??

    Oops, didn't see your post. Well, I'll hope to find some used 60's for $40. :)
     
  17. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    one post above yours:laugh:

    I was talking about used guns.
     
  18. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Got it - fixed above. We're playing tag.

    OK, I'll be looking for that train load of used 60's for $40 ea. Never saw one that cheap, but I can look.
     
  19. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Even at $50-$60 they are a good deal. The least I have paid was $20 and I still have it. Runs great.
    You can find these at garage sales sometimes.

    If you are buying NEW guns, I would check to see if there is a Marlin 60 forum somewhere. They might have some good info on the new guns.
     
  20. ORBrit

    ORBrit Eugene Member

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    Not with anything I've tried - Rem Golden bullets, Federal bulk and American Eagle.