I have always had a love affair with rifles chambered in .22LR. It may be because my first rifle was a Remington 581 .22 bolt action handed to me by my father. It may be because I have yet to see a new shooter walk away from a .22LR session without a smile on their face. Whatever the reason, you cannot deny that the .22LR is one of the most cost effective training rifles available.
While training for tactical/precision rifle matches, the majority of my time is spent dry firing the actual rifle that I will use in competition. This mates the rifle to my body and makes handling it second nature. However dry firing is the practice and live fire is the test. It is extremely helpful to be able to make a few runs on a .22LR before you burn up limited barrel life on your competition rifle.
Barrel life issues aside, a full power centerfire rifle can also be a bit intimidating to a new/younger shooter. Putting them on a .22 can ease them into the water and have them running and gunning on their own much faster.
To aid in these goals we have picked up a new Ruger 10/22. This will be the first 10/22 I have personally owned, so the upgrade path is unfamiliar to me. While I may not be sure how we are going to get there, the goal is to build a rifle that will allow me to practice positional shooting with cheap ammo (not unobtainable match .22) and get the kids more involved in practical/tactical type shooting.
I want to involve you viewers as much as possible in the project. I would like to hear what you would do with this same rifle. If you are already an experienced 10/22 builder, what are your favorite parts? If you are a new 10/22 shooter or you don’t have one yet, what parts are you interested in? Please leave your comments below or send them to us on YouTube or Facebook!
Get out and shoot!
Before making any changes to our 10/22 we need to check the accuracy of the factory configuration.
After checking our accuracy, it’s time to start making some changes. Replacing the stock will make the rifle easier to hang onto as well as supporting future upgrades.
Since our original scope appeared to be having some problems, we had to go back to “Square 1” and start over with a more rugged and reliable scope. The SWFA SS 3-15×42 should give us what we need for this project.
Our factory trigger weighed in at a mushy/creeping six pounds. Here is how we take care of that.
- Part 3 – Stock Replacement
- Part 4 – Barrel Replacement
- Part 5 – Application/Training