7 Ruger 10/22 Accessories for Survival Readiness

Ruger 10-22

The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular .22 rifles in the world and a lot of people have one for small game hunting in a survival situation.

You could use a completely stock 10/22 and be just fine, but to be more prepared here are the top 7 accessories for the Ruger 10/22 in a survival situation and why I think they are important.

1. Sling

A sling is probably the most important after market accessory you could get for your 10/22, or any rifle for that matter. Any time you are doing more than plinking tin cans at the range you are going to need your hands for other things while carrying your rifle.

A sling just makes sense. Think of it as the holster for your rifle. How many pistols will you be taking into a survival situation without a holster?

Amazon has a ton of rifle slings as do most outdoor gear sites. I won’t recommend anything specific because you should get what is comfortable for you.

2. Scope

Bushnell 3-9x32 .22 Rimfire RiflescopeRifle scopes are a touchy subject. There is such a huge array of options and everybody has their opinion. Some people reading this will say you don’t even need a scope for a small hunting rifle, and that is a valid opinion.

I say: Buy for the Use.

What is this rifle going to be used for? Small to medium hunting in a survival situation.

Do you really need a $400 scope on a $200 rifle. Personally I don’t think so, but to each his own.

Zack has a Simmons Truplex .22 Mag Riflescope on his 10/22 and I think it is perfect for a survival game gun. It’s has a adjustable power, it’s durable, and is specifically made for rimfire rifles.

However what makes me choose this scope: price. The thing is only $40 dollars. If you don’t know the world of gun optics that is cheeeeaaappp.

A lot of shooters will look down their nose at such a scope, but for the needs of the gun you are building I think it works perfectly. It’s not going to win any competitions hitting tiny holes at 100 yards, but you could definitely knock down some squirrels.

3. Magazines

Tactical Inc TI25 Ruger 10/22 MagazineWith the Ruger 10/22 you have two choices for magazines. Standard 10 round rotary magazine, or an after market extended magazine. Either one is fine, it just depends on what type of set up you want.

I will say be careful about after market magazines as many of them are really bad. From what I have read and seen personally the Tactical Inc. TI25 Magazine (pictured right) with steel feed lips seems to be the best. It is adjustable so it will fit your gun exactly (that is huge), you can take it apart to clean it, and it has metal feed lips that will not get worn out.

4. Automatic Bolt Release

Voltquartsen Automatic Bolt Release Ruger 10/22If you own a Ruger 10/22 you know exactly what I am talking about. If the bolt is locked back, you have to pull the bolt back and push the bolt release mechanism at the same time to chamber a round. It doesn’t sound that hard, but sometimes it can be a pain.

The automatic bolt release replaces an original part on the gun and allows you to work the bolt without pressing the bolt lock mechanism (i.e. just like any other rifle).

In a survival situation you want everything to be as simple as possible and this is just one of those things. It is a cheap part that could mean the difference between good meat for dinner or canned beans.

Amazon is the place to go for Ruger 10/22 parts and they have the Automatic Bolt extractor by Voltquartsen for $11.

The first 4 on this list I would say are probably the important items you want in a Ruger 10/22 for survival situations. The following 4 are certainly not necessary, but if you are planning on using the rifle long term and on a daily basis after the SHTF, you might want to consider them. They are still simple, cheap, common sense upgrades.

Also, if you want to camouflage your 10/22, or any other piece of gear without the pain of painting use CamoForm Camouflage Wraps.

5. Bolt Handle

Voltquartsen Extended Bolt Handle Ruger 10/22Some people (like me) feel like the bolt handle on the Ruger 10/22 is a little small. If you want something a little bigger and easier to grab check out extended bolt handle by Superior Concepts. It is longer and better shaped than the stock handle for quick and easy use.

6. Magazine Release

Ruger 10/22 Magazine ReleaseJust like the bolt release, Ruger 10/22 owners know that getting the standard magazine out can be a real pain sometimes because the magazine release is awkward.

I haven’t used one of these personally, but this extended mag release has more than 50 positive reviews. For only $7 it is probably worth a try.

An new mag release is another one of those things: You don’t have to have it, but in certain situation it would make things a lot easier.

7. Extractor

Voltquartsen Exact Edge Extractor Ruger 10/22A lot of people will disagree with this idea because many have had Ruger 10/22′s work flawlessly for decades without so much as a cleaning.

However, 10/22′s to have been known to be somewhat sluggish with extraction, especially if they are heavily used.

A nice aftermarket extractor like the Volquartsen Exact Edge Extractor will blow the casings out of your rifle so fast people beside you will be getting out of the way.

For the more important survival aspect, this will go a long way towards helping cure failures to eject and and stovepipes, which again, in a survival situation could mean dinner.

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What’s On your Ruger 10/22?

I would like to hear what aftermarket goodies our readers have on their 10/22′s. Comment below and let me know what kind of cool stuff you are running, and why you think it would be useful in a survival situation.

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nightrunner February 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

Excellent article. If one decided to not use a scope, higher visibility sights would be useful.

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Lucas_SurvCache February 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Nightrunner,

That's a good point.

I don't know much about alternative iron sites for 10/22's.

Know any good ones people should look for?

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Matthew April 15, 2010 at 6:06 am

After a lot of research, I actually found a middle ground other than taking both.http://nwwoodsman.com/Product/Shelter/TarpTent.ht…
& http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzJHuWlEAtk
If I need a real tent, I will geocache one closer to my BOL.
Personally I like moving fast and light. So anything that is a must to have, but makes my pack bigger or heavier is stored in a secret waterproof box, that is hidden in the woods somewhere (geocached ).
This "Tarp Tent" is the best of both worlds. It is light and (when folded) is small, but durable and more impervious to the elements than a traditional tent. I recommend checking it out.
BTW if anyone knows of another product that is just as good but cheaper let me know because this tent is not cheap!

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ryan October 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm

i have that tact 1022 model 1261 i want to put iron sights on it any help in wer n wut to look for?

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Molon_labe_3 February 18, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Tech sights make great replacement irons for 10/22. Bit of a pain to replace the front blade but really great once zeroed

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Oh Shoot February 15, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Mags:
- You should mention Butler Creek Steel Lip mags. In general, as reliable as TI's, especially if you give 'em a shot of silicone lube every thousand rounds or so.
- You should also mention the TriMag bracket that hold three factory mags together. Ruger has now taken this product on and it's a great item at only ten bucks

Extended Mag release: All new 10/22 models have a factory extended mag release now, started couple years ago or so.

Scope: Consider see through rings to mount scope, so can immediately use iron sights should scope get broken, or for when close target sighting may be quite different from what you've zeroed on (usually 50 yards).

Good stuff, enjoying your site.

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Lucas_SurvCache February 15, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I have heard good things about the Butler Creek mags (the ones with steel feed lips) but I have never seen or used them personally so I didn't mention them. Butler Creek is known for quality products though I know that.

I actually hadn't heard of the Trimag Connector but I googled it and it looks very cool.

And like you mentioned, cheap. Cabella's has them for $10.

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/produ…

I didn't know about the extended mag release but good to know! The old kind are a pain.

Definitely agree with the see through scope rings. People might argue it on larger guns but for a .22 it seems like a good idea to me.

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kev November 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

See through scope rings are great for shooting at nite and when you or in the fogg .

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LngRngShtr February 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Auto bolt release can be found on http://www.rimfirecentral.com as a DIY along with other useful mods. polishing and such..

I actually use a TIS mag release it is a long lever type that contours to the trigger guard,.the problem I had with the extended mag release is the way I carry my rifle (holding in front of the TG) would trip said release.not losing mags is good. and I load out with CCI Select very accurate in my rifle and a rated 40gr. @ 1200fps. accuracy will kill quicker than speed

also I use wraparound racquetball goggles with the strap , cheap fog resistant protective eye wear, gotta see to be able to hit..might be good with all sorts of stuff flying around in a survival type situation..

John

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Lucas_SurvCache February 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm

John,

I have heard of doing the bolt release mod, but I thought some people might not be comfortable taking a dremmel to internal parts of their gun so I didn't mention it in the article.

If you are comfortable with homemade mods then go for it and save 10 bucks.

I have seen the type of mag release you are talking about I believe.

Like This one: http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumb…

I have always kind of thought those were more for competition shooters than anything, at least that is how I have seen them advertised. I can definitely see how you could too easily pull that out in the field.

CCI is good stuff as far a .22 goes. Not competition quality, but much better than bulk Federal.

I hadn't thought of shooting Goggles, nice idea. I have always just worn shooting glasses.

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Spuds February 16, 2010 at 1:04 am

Interesting Site! Best wishes! Spuds!

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Timmy March 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm

The most benificial mod made to my 10/22 was a lightened trigger. My trigger pull is reduced from the factoyr 7-9 lbs to 3lbs, it improved my accurcy more than a scope did. I've also got a set screw in the rear of my trigger guard that eleminates overtravel, this helps with rapid follow up shots. I have a bushnell 4X12 power scope on my gun. I've killed too many groundhogs with 1 shot to the head at 150+ yds to count. They might not be your ideal dinner, but in a survivial situation you can't just go to the market and buy tenderloin.

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Lucas_SurvCache March 17, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Timmy,

That's a good point. The factory trigger on 10/22's can be pretty heavy. I've never done a full swap myself though so I didn't have anything good to recommend. Did you tweak the trigger yourself or replace the whole system?

Also, I really like the idea of the set screw to reduce overtravel. I can see how that would be great for rapid.

Any yes a groundhog sounds better than going hungry to me.

Thanks for commenting

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Timmy March 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

Did the adjustment myself, with help from a friend. Definitely recommend if you're not hitting your targets everytime!

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Lucas_SurvCache March 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Timmy,

I'm glad that worked out for you. I'm definitely a novice gun smith to say the least but I might try this one.

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Don April 15, 2010 at 5:00 am

I've had no personal experience with them just a lot of research. Any one use a Hammock, these seem to meet every need. water, insects, Cold and lightness. Just curious if any one has partook?

Don

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BRANANDOOOM August 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Tech sights are awesome! Once you get them sighted in (which takes 25 yards, a sheet of graph paper, and a few 3 round shots down range) you’ll be driving tacks in no time.

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Montezuma1775 April 15, 2010 at 5:43 am

Being that my Bug Out scenario hopefully includes a family (wife and kids), a tent is really the only long term option. For an emergency shelter, I have a tarp and paracord.

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St(eve April 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Not sure if you guys ever use this site:http://sportsmansguide.com/

Even if not, go there and get a lot of good ideas. They carry a full range of shelters, back packing, car camping, and even bike camping shelter options.

Remember: keeping you, your change of clothes, your gear, and your emergency communications gear – dry, is top priority. I would suggest skimping in some other areas – NOT shelter. Maslov had his priorities right.

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Joane May 2, 2014 at 10:03 am

Our rural ACE Hardware store in Cable Dale, Utah, is owned by a very good gunsmith/FFL, Pat Jones. He sells a lot of guns, even though he is in a very small town, because he stays up with the market and prices things fairly. Around Christmas, I walked in and there was a great Ruger 10/22 that looked a lot like the AR 15 I had spend all fall building. It had been back-ordered and had just arrived. Pat didn’t even get it out if the box before I grabbed it. Picatinny rail system, front grip, cool sling. I had him put a good red/green dot scope on it for my aging eyes. Then I saw the laser/light accessories you are describing on the display rack. It wouldn’t fit my gun because of the rail, but it was such a simple, yet useful addition, that I bought it for my friend that shoots the takedown 10/22. He loves it. For prairie dogs and as a practice gun, I love my “Baby AR”? “It is short, light, fast and deadly accurate. The big AR is work! This darling is a pleasure. After reading the trigger advice from these comments, I will have my gunsmith modify my trigger and am trying in with the idea of the suppressor.

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Dave May 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm

The long mags, although look "cool" hang under the weapon in the way! They don't feed well, even the best ones. I have a 37 year old Ruger rotary mag, amongst the dozens and dozens of of newer ones, that came with my original 10/22. I have yet to have a feed problem it or ANY Ruger factory mags.
I own 6 Trimags. Get those and some pouches and they are very convenient and always work!. They sell the pouches (and TriMags) on E-Bay…..well built, American made stuff…..price reflects it, but what do you want? Junk? I hate buying junk and I hate funding my freaking enemys!
So how high does your rifle sit when you are trying to bench shoot at the range because those high caps are in the way? FTF when you bump it? Threw all mine away…….TriMag all the way…..it even holds the rifle upright when I set it down. Can't beat that…….
Listen to an old man…..must have done something right to get this way……

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Steve April 15, 2010 at 4:37 am

Tent – all the way. The other benefit not mentioned is wind protection. In a cool, blowing (and likely rainy) setting, you can close down a tent and get rather comfortable. You can't with a tarp.

If you plan to take both, make the "tarp" the thickest mil plastic sheet you can find. It can perform all the tasks of a tarp for 1/2 the space and weight.

I concur with the both strategy. Too many options with the combination.

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Sean November 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I have TI-25 with the plastic lips. It feeds OK, but the bigger problem is fore-aft slop. if I gently tug the extended mag towards me it can fall out of my receiver. I've experimented with shims and tacky tape, but those solutions make it difficult to release quickly.

At the range a fellow 10/22 shooter was next to me with a Butler Creek. I inserted his and there was not the front to back play as my TI had. I emailed TI and never got a response. I might get a steel lip butler creek, but for the money 3 more 10 rounders might be better served.

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Sancho July 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Hi, new here, great site, great folks.
About the Ruger, I got mine from a friend for 40 bux about 15 years ago, so I felt justified in spending some money on it so I installed the Tapco collapsable stock kit., "about 80 bux," It installed easily in a few minutes. Now it fits my wife or kid better, packs Great , it's a little more weatherproofed and it's got a rail on it so I've got a light on it for varmints. Plus it looks damn cool. I have a couple "Butler Bananas", they are fun but the I've got 3 Ruger original mags and I like them better from the dependability/survival aspect.. I'll be looking into the Tri-Mag Asap. All that being said, if I'd kept it original I'd be just as happy as it it the most accurate and fun to shoot gun I own and I would recommend it to anybody. I would put it in my 10 most important survival tools list. Just my 2 cents. Y'all take care, Sancho

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RudeBoy August 2, 2010 at 5:08 am

Not to hijack your 10/22 thread (have one,great 22!) but Im pretty pleased with an impulse purchase I made today. I bought an H&R 22/410 combo. The rifle breaks down and stores nicely in a decently made fabric case. The 22 barrel came with hi vis fiber optic sights. I have 550 rnds of 22 and 25 410 shotshells stored in the case and its still fairly light. All for less than $150 bucks including ammo. Wallyworld of course! :) For the weight obsessed: pakrifle. I dont own one but it looks promising.

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David August 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm

on newer 10/22s the bolt release is automatic, i didn't know about that until i went shooting with my dads nwere 10/22 and while cleaning it the bolt kept going forwards when the cleaning rod pushed it back

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David August 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm

thats newer

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David August 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm

yeah…no one said specifically older 10/22s

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Sean November 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm

When did this start? I bought a new 10/22 in Dec 2009 that was on sale. The shop was out of stock and I got a rain check.

Another mods I'd like from the factory:

bore sighting hole at the back of receiver – for cleaning rods and sighting on the bench.
also think the shiny plastic butt stock is silly. I covered mine with an old bike inner tube for traction.

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Quinton August 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

very nice article, on my .22 carbine, ive replaced the factory stock with a Magpul Archangel Stock, added a 4×32 red/green dot scope, with a 1 inch picatinny riser, a 5 position foregrip (UTG), Extended magazine release and auto bolt release. Also i have a detachable bipod. I am also ordering backup front and rear iron rights (flip ups).

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Topher September 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Great article. Here's a story of caution I would like to add. I have a stainless model 10/22 with the green laminated stock. I added the bolt release and also changed the bolt buffer for a plastic one (which seemed to quiet the action just a bit). I bought a 25 round extended mag along with an extra 10 rnd mag. I then made a mistake. I installed an extended mag release. I liked it at first. It was handy when I was just plinking. But, the first night I took it out spot-lighting rabbits (which is legal where I am), I had the 25rnd mag in and when I was headed out to pick up a rabbit that I had shot I guess my hand hit the mag release and dropped out my mag. I never found it. I never even realized it until I got back to the truck and we went to the next stand to shoot again. I went back in the morning to where I thought that it may have happened, but with all of the high grass in the area obscuring it from view, I never found it. I then put the stock mag release back in and have not had the problem since. Lesson learned for me and one I hope you hear. If you have an extended release installed be careful of how you carry the rifle in the field….my 2ȼ. Be safe.

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Jason September 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm

First off, great site and article. I have most of the upgrades above, but one thing I haven't seen mentioned (may have overlooked) is a suppressor/silencer. In a survival situation, it would be very handy to be able to take small game and/or defend oneself without drawing any unwanted attention. I have one that I use on my 10/22 and my 22/45. On the rifle, all you hear is the sound of the action. You can actually hear the bullet hit the target with both guns. .22 rimfire suppressors are relatively cheap and most of the rimfire models are made out of aluminum so they are light as a feather. Additionally .22 rimfire subsonic ammo is readily available. In a pinch it will even quieten down hyper velocity rounds but you will still have the sonic "crack" that goes along with breaking the sound barrier.
J

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Troy October 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm

In my opinion, putting a suppressor was the best move I made. One upgrade which also helped me greatly reduce the noise of the action was replacing the standard metal action stopper with a polymer one. It cost me under $10nzd and has made the rifle a lot quieter. it may wear out slowly but I’ve out about 1500 rounds through it and it hasn’t down any sign out wear yet.

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don November 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Hogue makes an all weather stock that is larger(for adults)…I've done all the mods and now have a comp 10/22…all I do is take my heavy thumbhole stock out and stick it in my Hogue. And subsonic rounds are quiet and more accurate(more unstable at sound barrier), but, try them out to see if the less powerful round will cycle in your rifle or Ruger pistol (with scope). Oh! Try to change out the terrible Ruger rails for weaver rails that accept all scopes with a more stable configuration(use a dot of blue locktite on all tiny screws on gun or rifle or glasses etc…)

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tom November 12, 2010 at 9:06 am

Just a good recommendation on a scope. Crickett makes a 4x 32mm scope with mil dots with 3.5 in of eye relief. Believe me, eye relief is a big help! https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info….

Personally, I have shot a rifleman score on the AQT with one and they are great and cheap

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John December 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

On my 10/22 I have a simmons 4X32 fixed power scope. I like this because theres fewer moving parts, and your target is always in focus.
I mounted this scope on see through scope rings so that I did not lose the ability to use iron sights.
These rings run about 20 bucks.

I also mounted my sling on the side of my stock rather than the bottom so that the rifle would carry better through the woods, and the scope would not bounce off of stuff while carrying the rifle over my shoulder.

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John December 1, 2010 at 9:48 am

On my 10/22 I have a simmons 4X32 fixed power scope. I like this because theres fewer moving parts, and your target is always in focus.
I mounted this scope on see through scope rings so that I did not lose the ability to use iron sights.
These rings run about 20 bucks.

I also mounted my sling on the side of my stock rather than the bottom so that the rifle would carry better through the woods, and the scope would not bounce off of stuff while carrying the rifle over my shoulder.

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GunNrun December 9, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Does anybody know where I can get any tactical 10/22 TI25 magazine pouches for MOLLE?

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Mike December 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I use a Marlin with a tubular mag holding 17 shots. Nothing to break off or catch. Probably just as quick to reload as an empty clip mag. Will hold shorts with no problem. Shorts should be considered as a hunting round.

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Scott November 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I love my Marlin Model 60 with 18 in the tube and 1 in the chamber I can hit 2" circles all day long with a cheapy scope and just as good with irons…the make a speede reloader for tube fed lines…they add bulk but reloads in a flash just saying…

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deMontjoie December 23, 2011 at 8:57 am

Marlin Model 60 = +100 A great rifle, especially in stainless with a polymer stock.

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Anthony April 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm

The easiest way I've found to reload tube fed .22LR is to use an old aluminum arrow shaft as my "clip". Measure out the length you need (line up the capacity your rifle will hold and measure it), cap one end and drill a hole through the other end to accept a Hitch Pin Clip to contain the rounds. Simply pull the clip and dump the rounds into the end of the tube, voila… just takes a few seconds.

Love the article!

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chris December 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm

i have 3 of the older marlin tubefed 22s and they shoot great but if you shoot them fast they will jam. the new models may not do this but the old ones surely will.

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Randy December 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm

learned a tip last night , use an old aluminum arrow shaft cut to length with a plug or cap on the end for a speed loader shells fit perfect .they can be attached to both sides of the barrel and fill tube giving you 36 or so extra rounds real fast just pull the fill plunger all the way out take plug out of arrow shaft and pour , less than a minuet your back in buisness

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smantzouranis December 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I would have to say that the ruger 10/22 is one of my all time favorite guns. it is super reliable and in the hands of the right person can be deadly accurate. I just got a new one for christmas this year and it has the extended mag release still havnt made up my mind if i like it or not. I have used the see through scope mounts and love them easy to adjust from open sights to scope and back again. I think that they are a great addition to the weapon I have used butler creek mags my whole life cheap easily obtainable and for the most part they are very reliable of course as with anything sometimes you will get a lemon but if you use your weapon enough you will be able to pick these out and replace with a another. I like how the butler creek mags come ready to snap together add a little ducktape and you got a solid and quick change over for 30 more rounds ready to be put downrange. I would have to say that a ruger 10/22 should be included in everyones survival list it is great for hunting I have seen deer drop after a well placed shot, and great for small game and if needed it can be used for self defence in which case you would be relying on qaunity over quality of stopping power ;)

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Starydog December 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

Exactly right! All my ramline mags are past draft age. The 50 rounders I got from "Frank's Center" when he was still in business. I also have a couple of metal 30 round mags that require an adapter and have never seen them offered anywhere since. None of these magazines have ever failed.

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Starydog December 31, 2010 at 10:00 am

I have an older 1022 with a 16 in barrell, fitted into a Choate side folder stock. I have added the extended bolt handle and mag release, a set of see through weaver mounts and Bushnell 3X9. I use a canvas M1 Carbine sling for its color plus canvas does not slid around as much as nylon. I do have some old ramline 30 and 50 rd mags along with a factory 50 rd teardrop mag and a couple 30 rd all steel stick mags. All of which have performed flawlessly for many years. This little gun is what I call my golf ball gun, right out of the box with open sights. NOTE: for noise reduction try heavy wight balloons. Slip over the muzzel and clip the end off. Not quite a silencer, but very effective especially with low speed ammo. Also, try this tool to improve your 22 ammo, http://www.gunblast.com/Paco2.htm

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Joe R January 16, 2011 at 4:44 am

Great site and article, I am going to get another 10/22, I modded mine with a Butlercreek heavy barrel and synthetic stock with a 4x Bushnell scope.
I haven't put that many rounds through it (my fault) but everything seem to work well.
The problem is that the heavy barrel doesn't have Iron sight's, this could be a problem for a survival gun.
I have decided that I going to find a gunsmith / machinist who can notch the barrel and install the Ruger factory Iron sights. Maybe a set of Williams or Lyman peep's.
I am also going for Extended mag release bolt release and a Picatinny rail on the receiver.
I have (3) three Ruger factory 10 round mags now and I will soon get (3) three more I like factory mags for fit and function.
I use a Uncle Mikes silent sling with quick detach swivel's. I think a lighter trigger is in the work's also.
Well for now this is as far I want to mod my 10/22. I wish Ruger would work out the bugs they had with 10/22 Mag I would like a semi auto 22Mag rifle.
Keep the good stuff coming.
Joe R

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NMWPerk February 10, 2011 at 3:48 am

Great article! I have been on the market for a 10/22 for a bit, still haven't taken the plunge…I think it's time…not like it's going to get any cheaper…

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Harmless Fuzzy Bunny February 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Tossing in my two cents after carrying a rifle and pistol, including many miles/bunnies/squirrels with a 10/22, for almost 40 years; Cheap scopes can be a great buy, but read the reviews. I’ve had more than one Tasco and Simmons lose their crosshairs to internal failure. Another thing I know for a fact – a variable-power cheap scope *will* change zero if you dial from low to high power and back. Let’s face it – we’re talking .22lr – max range to hold point blank on a one-inch target (think bunny head) with a 50-yard zero is 88 yards. You can read the brand on a soup can with a fixed 4-power scope at 100 yards. Next is the sling – there are several “sticky slings” on the market now, but the original is the “Butler Creek Easy Rider Rifle Sling” Black rubbery neoprene, $14 anywhere – I’ve been using them since the early 90′s. Position the sling once on your shoulder, and it’s stuck there, no sliding down your arm as you’re climbing up that ridge. Last is ammo. The 10/22 will eat most anything, but *stay completely and far away* from high-velocity un-plated lead; Thunderbolts, etc. Bulk Remington “Golden Bullets” and even bulk Winchester “555″s, as filthy dirty as they are, won’t lead your barrel into a smoothbore. They will, however, blow enough gunk into your rotary magazine that the feed tongue will stick occasionally (500-1000 rounds). I use electric contact cleaner on mine – never oil, it grabs and holds dust and gunk. In a pinch a little water and a lot of shaking will clear them without ill effect. One more little tidbit – doesn’t matter who makes the aftermarket mag, as long as it has steel lips. If you have any plastic-lipped Ramlines in your bag, sell them to your enemies…cheap, so they’ll buy them.

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Kvg March 3, 2011 at 7:59 am

I like to toss this into the mix on .22 lr – AR7 – you should have at least one. I would also carry a few boxes of CB cap .22 lr – makes for a very compact and quite .22 lr.

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Jacob of Kansith March 7, 2011 at 10:59 am

THE LINK FOR THE SCOPE IS DEAD! PLEASE FIND A NEW ONE! Sorry about the caps, I just really need to find a cheap scope.

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Bayouwoody April 21, 2014 at 11:51 am

Stay away from cheap scopes. I have many and the better one I like for .22 is Pentax Game seeker3x9 x40. I have one on LR and one on Mag. Both Henry lever action. I shoot shorts and CB caps and can spit them out with lever action. I like pellet guns for most of what yall or talking about. A .22 is lighter and cheaper than a good pellet gun.
On my 10/22 I have a red dot. This comes with quick release mts. so u can get to sight if need be.
I also have a lazer/scope on my M&P 15/22 with iron sights laying on 45 to right. I can shoot .75" groups with iron at 25 yrds. prone on one leg of bipod.
That is a gun yall should look at. u do not need to do anything to dress it. It comes dressed. If u scope it u loose your sight well I did. so I installed iron sight for back up on side. Like most AR15s have.
I still say a shot gun and a .22 like my single six is best. I carry a 12 ga. single shot H&R with adapter to shoot 20ga.-410-.22 all in the stock with ammo.
So there is my .10 cents worth. Woody

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Bryan March 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I bought a stainless 10/22 and wish i still had it but when out of work what can you do. I now have a savage 22lr and i like it its just as nice as the 10/22 but not as fast cause its a bolt action but a good gun.

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Nurseryman75 March 14, 2011 at 11:58 am

As far as scopes go, I think the most important thing for any survival rifle is to buy one that does not require you to remove the iron sights. If you do and something goes wrong with the scope, there's nothing you can do, your gun just became useless at ranges exceeding 10 feet.

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Regulator5 March 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Check http://www.opsgear.com They have SMG pouches that may fit the bill.

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bogwurm March 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

If you do use a scope use one with multiple zoom functions(1x 2x 3x …..25X) This will allow you to both hunt and observe a potential situation closer without the need to pack binoculars.

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woody May 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm

don't be lazy carry your binoculars. It could mean you could shoot some one.

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CaptBart August 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

Woody and Bugwum,
I agree with woody here. NEVER, EVER use a scope that is mounted on a weapon as a binoculars. A scope lets you confirm the identity of your target one final time before shooting and helps place your shots but if you are looking down the barrel of a weapon, you are targeting whatever it is you see in the scope. If I came across someone scoping (ie. TARGETING) me or mine I will take that as a very belligerent act and will respond appropriately. If you MUST use a rifle scope to survey an area remove it from your weapon.
In a TSHTF scenario the act of targeting someone will likely get a violent response. We can only judge based on actions, not on intentions.

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T.Rapier March 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Being in Arizona , I like Ruger . I just wish they would get more with the program and kill off half their bolt action rifle line and old west 6 shooters and start making more powerful carbines using the mini 14 design and a larger semi auto pistol line .

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CaptBart September 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Bah! Humbug! Don't you DARE tough my Vaquero! That said, I'd love to see Ruger come out with a solid carbine to match their Alaskan in .454 Casull. Ruger makes solid stuff. My one and only complaint about them is that the safeties on their pistols work differently from the ones on my Colt so I can't use them as a conceal carry weapon. I lust in my heart for a mini-30 and I'd really like to see a Ruger .308. in the Mini-30 format.

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djpipes April 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

noone wanted to say a bipod? in a real survival situation you wanna make the prospect of getting food as close to a guarantee as possible and maintaining a better sight picture through the use of a bipod is as important if not more important than the scope or a sling. how is a sling gonna help make food show up on your ahem… plate.

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don April 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm

you are right!!! a bipod/sling/shooting stick/shooting position/920 barrel/target hammer sear and trigger/breathing/trigger pull instead of jerk/good ammo/slow is smooth and smooth is fast….everything comes into play. You have a plate in your SHTF bag??

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Gary May 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

djpipes–A sling is a good adjunct to locking up the rifle firmly to your shoulder, whether shooting offhand, or from the prone, plus it helps a lot with fatigue when carrying for several hours. But I agree that a bipod is a great help, even if it is only one of those spring-loaded ones that clamp onto most barrels.

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Mike January 10, 2014 at 10:57 am

You have to understand going hunting you don't always carry a bipod. Being lost in the bush for a few days myself I sling came in handy to carry my gun.

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TimUwe April 25, 2011 at 9:35 am

Because most of my shooting is under 50 yards, I use an inexpensive Bushnell red dot site. It is a much faster way to acquire your target. Whereas a scope limits your field of view. I also replaced the firing pin with a titanium one. The Butler Creek 25 round mag with steel lips has been very reliable. I've had a couple of them for over a year without any feeding problems. They are a little pricey but wort it.

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chase May 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

ruger just came out with the bx-25 a 25 rd mag for 10-22

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T.Rapier May 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Another very good .22 rifle is the Winchester model 190 semi auto . I have one that was made in the 1970′s and it still works as well as it did new . Just dont loose the loading tube or it will take you awhile to find another . It’s not picky about what ammo you put in it ( .22 short – .22 lr ) never tried the .22 mag . Accuracy is also fantastic . Tube will hold 20 rounds of .22LR . Dirt cheap to buy used .

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TINDERWOLF May 12, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Good article. I don't care what anyone says, I think a .22 rifle ( or a shotgun…) is the best survival weapon you could have. Its cheap, deadly and you can carry ALOT of ammo. I don't have a 10/22 but am looking into getting one. Currently I have a Henry lever action .22 with a cheap scope meant for an airsoft rifle on it. I am able to shoot a one and half inch group from one hundred yards with it, it holds 16+1 and thats good enough for me.

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CaptBart September 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I'm not sure I'd want a .22 as my only survival weapon (that would be shotgun if I could only have one) but it would sure be the second weapon as soon as possible. If my location/situation demanded something a little stompier for a first weapon then it would be my second rifle – ASAP. For what it's worth, a Remington semi-auto .22 was my first rifle. I also want a 10/22 now that I made the mistake of shooting one. That is a FINE .22.

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KansasScout October 15, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Agreed If I was limited to one firearm a shotgun would be a better all around weapon than a .22 rifle or carbine.

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Gary May 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

Just bought my 10-22 a couple weeks ago. So far, I've replaced the steel bolt buffer with a silicone one, put on a Brownell's stock extender/recoil pad to help a bit with the short length of pull for my long arms, and installed a Masden barrel band. The only trouble with the latter–I didn't realize this–is that the swivel loops are 1", and I prefer reproduction leather 1 1/4" Springfield/Garand slings on my rifles.So, I'm going to buy one of these barrel band adapter kits off of e-Bay, which include a stud which the band screw goes through and a conventional sling mounting screw for the buttstock.Then will come a set of Uncle Mike's Q/D swivels in 1 1/4". A scope? Maybe later, but for now, a flash hider.

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Curley June 21, 2011 at 4:52 am

22s rule ..1000 rounds for $40+- Marlin or Ruger

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ROBERT J. CASELNOVA July 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

As for scopes, I can agree with y'all. Some folks will never need or want 'em, while others
consider scopes a necessity. The most popular length we sell, mount, and sight in at our
store would have to be a 3-9X variable with see-through rings ( to maintain use of the stock
iron sights.) If the shooter needs to shoot at distances around 100 yards on average, he'll
need to set the scope to 3X or 4X. Objective sizes sold here mostly run 40MM . We usually
offer to bore-sight the scopes we mount as part of our service. Recently, my son removed
the scope from his 10-22 after 2 years, saying it gets in the way. I know best, however ; it's because it has taken a beating, resulting in hopeless inaccuracy. Funny, though, when he
did use that scope, it was adjusted to 6X — always! Conclusion: he must now be shooting
closer targets. Figure out for yourself what you want the Ruger 10-22 to do, and the answer
is the rifle will be customizable to suit any purpose.

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David Nash July 7, 2011 at 11:09 am

My rule is never add junk to the rifle unless it solves a specific problem as the gun was designed as a unit, and adding or removing parts may have unanticipated affects on the function, but most all of these additions solved problems, and the ones that didn't you at least were upfront about (Like the extractor). Nice blog, I will have to come back and read more of your stuff.

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Sharpshooter July 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

The 10/22 is one of the most versatile 22's I have ever used. I am not a gun smith, but I got on Ebay and ordered some interesting items to make the factory 10/22 perform a lot better. Starting out, I replaced the rear bar that the bolt slams into each shot with a rubberized / silicone buffer. It lightened the recoil somewhat (not much on a 22 to start with) and made less metal to metal noise. I added the extended mag release and the bolt hold open lever. Good mods to say the least. The thing I did that improved the accuracy the most was replace the factory springs with a wolfe spring kit and installed brass shims in the trigger and hammer assembly. This took almost all of the play out of the trigger assembly, lightened the trigger pull, and smoothed out the pull. All of these mods cost me less than $30 on ebay and all of the parts were American made.

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Frank July 30, 2011 at 9:24 am

Other than a scope and see-through mounts, the only accessory I would want on a stock 10/22 is protective ears for the front sight, which I can't find anywhere,

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BamaMan August 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I disagree witht the comment on placing a expensive scope on a 200 dollar rifle. I try to buy the absolute best optics that I can and then go by the rifle. Most rifles shoot "well enough" for hunting or survival (your not placing 1,000 yard kill shots). When optics work in low light, without fogging, and hold a good zero in sighting, then the shot will be well placed. Quality ammunition would be a tie for second place on the list of important items and a good trigger too.

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CaptBart September 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

BamaMan,
I do not buy "cheap" optics no matter what the price. If I need/want optics on a weapon, then I want a solid optic I can depend on and that will do the job. I occasionally blown it by choosing the wrong glass for the application (My .375 H&H Mag shook a decent scope apart – it just was not designed for the recoil – my mistake) but I do my best to not put cheap (regardless of price) glass on anything that can launch a lethal projectile. That is just criminally stupid in my not so humble opinion.

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s600 August 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm

10/22 compact model, BC folding stock w/ storage in the grip for set of replacement sights or tools/parts/cleaning, nylon sling, muzzle brake w/ ears to protect that front sight, 2 x 30-rd compact steel-lip mags from Shooters Ridge, 4 factory mags, compact 4x scope, 500 rds CCI Velocitors and 500 Rem Vipers. All this will grab n' go quickly, lightly, and do the job, from long-term foraging to urban social work.

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edy erskine August 6, 2011 at 5:22 am

nice article,and nice subject,i have for a few years shot competitivley,with a ruger 10/22.as here in the u.k we have been subjected to an unfair and unjust banning of all cartridge firing hand guns since 1997,and we genarally shoot the old pistol matches with 10/22s,and centrefire with lever guns,my gun club has some of the top u.k and european champions amoungst us and im personal freinds with the u.k mens and women champion shots,target shooting isnt survival,but heres some advice from the hundreds of rugers ive seen and some of the tips that ive picked up over the years,they are however opinions and are not gospel,based on my expierience i,d like to add the following
whislt not trying to be controvesial or disagreeing in any way,from experience i would say,thesingle most important,component to fit,is the power custom hammer as the will drasticly reduce your trigger pull,and therefore tighten your groups.i would avoid target barrels,apart from the 10/22 T bull barrel made by ruger.as target barrels tend have very tight chambers and tend to be ammo fusy.secondly get an extractror claw,as you need reliable extraction.a spare firing pin may be a long term option too as they can wear with time,also see if you can find some shims from a local hobby store they are often used in radio controlled cars and planes,as ive seen the volquartsen/power custom ones advertised for around £30,which is a total ripp off.the shims just help to give a consitant triger pull.another very easy thing to do is place a washer or even small strip of rubber underneath the main stock fixing screw as this will "float" the barrel and will greatly enhance long range accuracy.barrels shouldnt as a rule touch stocks.get a dollar bill/pound note and see if you can slide it up and down the barrel within the stock,if it catches either add more to the washer or sandpaper out any high spots.
i have a heavily modified 10/22T with a standard bull barrel,cut down to 14,inches and threaded for a supressor,i have only ever had 3 misfeeds,avoid the other target barrels,ive seen to many people lose comps because of misfeeds,the only exception is the kidd diamond match/diamond match hunter/pre threaded barrel,but at £350 your talking alot of money.but the accuracy of these is truly astonishing.i shoot free hand and only ever rest the rifle for sighting or zeroing.i have hunted and taken crows or ravens as they say in the u.s at 150 yards using winchester subsonics.keep to a good brand of ammo avoid the federal bulk and,if possible try to get rws geco or eley club ammo as they are very,very consisntent and reliable.i would also recomend agulia mini mag or standard velocity too.all of the brands are not to expensive,
and whatever you do dont ever get magtech as its complete junk and will jamm your gun within a mag or two.
personaly i would be hesitant to use a bipod in a survival situation as i think one would want to keep weight of the gun to the minumum.if you are weak and tired you can always rest against a tree or a rock to steady your aim.also a sling can be,twisted around your forearm to help staedy your shot.as for scopes,i have had too many budget scopes go wrong,it is a false ecomony in my opiniont even though rugers dont recoil they tend to rattle things apart,so check and threadlock/loctite any screws and or scope bases,
whislt not trying to be controvesial i would recomend good glass such as nikon or leupold,espescially the nikon prostaff if your on a budget get a fixed mag x4 power,as both these brands are designed for centrefire rifles they will be absolutley bomb proof.i belive that nikon may even make the leupolds as they look identical,they never fog and have astonishing clarity,once you look through one you'll never go back to budget stuff,and once fitted they can more or less be forgoten,i would aslo suggest a tactical scope rail such as weaver type as its easy to find quick realease mounts,should you need to revert to open sights,but again avoid cheap quick realease ones.the leapers ones are good for the price,we have a saying in england,if you buy cheap you buy twice.a lesson i wish i had learned long ago,i have tried the bulter creek mags but found them to be unreilable,and not worth it as i could have bought 2 standard mags for the same price,maybe i was unlucky,as for stocks i have a hogue rubberised one wich is very grippy and easy to mount,i also found an airgun adjustable butplate for £15 which lengthened the pull of the stock and it fits me just fine,as for cleaning,run the gun dry,avoid oil use oil only as a cleaning solvent,oil just actracts junk and crud,and occasionally use an ols toothbrush just to clean the bolt face.it isnt always neccasarry to clean the entire barrel just get a bronze brush bent at 90 degrees to clean the chamber as cleaning the whole barrel means it may take up to 50 hots to bed in again,hope you guys find this usefull.

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CaptBart September 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Thank you for your insights, sir. I am truly sorry that my friends in the UK can't own firearms. It does complicate self defense. I agree with you about the need for good glass. If you are going to put it on the rifle, it should be solidly built and do the job you want it for.

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NCRidgeRunner September 21, 2011 at 12:50 am

Hi,Im new to this.Im going to buy a new 10/22 next month.I plan to buy a barrel,adj stock and add alot of bells an whisles to it when i get the funds to do so.But,It will be hard to replace my 2 Marlins,A 22 Mag bolt action an A 39A Golden Mounty.I have taken so much game and won many shootin events.But,I know i need to add a semi-auto and think this is the best in its class!

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CaptBart September 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm

I don't have one but I'm now shopping. Made the mistake of shooting one and now it has become a strong want. I don't have a bolt action, I've thought of getting a .22 lever gun (I prefer lever to bolt). I would encourage you to keep the Marlins unless you just have to sell them. I have fired quite a few .22 semi-autos and I do think the 10/22 is a best in class.

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Bayouwoody April 21, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Look at S&W M&P 15/22 before u go out and buy a 10/22 and do much to it. I have both.
The Marlin is a better gun for survival as u can shoot shorts and cb caps. U can hunt with both and not make as much noise. I have this gun also. And a Henry witch is lighter. If u never have tryed this the long cb is best. It works better in most guns. Will not work in semi auto. Unless u work the bolt your self.

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Bstewart88 September 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

I just recently started upgrading my ruger 10/22, along with an extending mag release the biggest thing i did was to replace the iron notch sights with a williams WGRS-RU22 peep sight. (you can find it at midway) the sight has a decent (not great) elevation and windage adjustment but there is a model that is more precise. while the sight does use the same screw holes as the dove tail rail, it only takes up 2 of the 4 and i just cut the rail in half and remounted it so if i want i can still add a scope.

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@AZbeerPresident September 29, 2011 at 11:09 am

Ruger has recently released the Ruger BX-25 which is their 25 rnd mag, i got several for $25 each at the gun show. Not saying the TI25 is bad, i own 1, just saying that its made by ruger and comes apart for cleaning (also have a butler creek hot lips mag, it is dirty and fails to feed on occasion)

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squiddy1 October 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Being that my blood sugar varies some times I see better than other times.
So i put a Simmons scope for a .22 mag with taller rings so I can use both the Iron sights as well as the scope.
I also put a Butler creek stock on to replace the wood grain that was standard with my 10/22.
I also bought the new ruger 25 round magazine ( 3 actually ) and have 6 of the 10 round rotary magazines.
I then bought a Hybrid case that holds the rifle , the magazines as well as 800 rounds of CCI mini mags HP and Stingers.
The quality of this rifle speaks for it self .The Ruger 10/22 truly is the AK of .22s

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andy October 8, 2011 at 8:03 am

i love my 10 22 it shoots great but i am looking for a 50 round drum for under 50$ anyone have any ideas?

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squiddy1 October 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

Never heard of a 50 round drum, But then again nothing suprises me any more,
If you live in one of the Southern states i would check out a gun show , I live in one and there is at least 1 every week end some where in the state.
Secondly check out a good old boy gun store ( stay away from the box stores ), generally the good old boy stores have more connections and also might have a friend that may have something like that for sale. They will go the extra mile to try and get you as a customer.

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Joe-R October 17, 2011 at 2:49 am

I have a Butler creek heavy Barrel and a synthetic stock with a Bushnell 4X scope uncle mike's silent sling & three (3) Ruger factory ten (10) round magazine.
Joe-R

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Steve October 28, 2011 at 6:57 am

Buy the new Ruger BX25 Mags I have 2 and have run over a 1000 rds thur them without a single misfeed just like the 10 rd that came with the 10/22

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Cymond November 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Check out the Nodak Spud NDS-26 and NDS-40. They provide a rear ghost-ring sight like a military rifle, plus an optics rail for a scope. If anything happens to the scope, you can just remove it and continue using the iron sights. However, cost is an issue at a total of about $105 for the set.

The standard Ruger rail blocks your view of the factory sights. A damaged scope means you have to remove the Ruger rail before you can use the factory sights. I imagine it kinda sucks to do it in the field since most of us locktite the scope rail down, and those screw heads are tiny.
http://www.nodakspud.com/NDS-22.htm

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michael November 16, 2011 at 1:57 am

how do you connect a sling to the butler creek folding stock for a ruger 10/22

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Scott November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Has anyone suggested a threaded barrel…aftermarket barrells make this rifle more accurate so less need for follow up shots and a threaded barrell may be useful if the digestive juices fly I find many barrells are 1/2 X 28 and there is a good reason for it. Just saying in a survival situation stealth is important and not using to many shots to get bugs outta a hole or maybe they won't hear it coming and that is even better.

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kev November 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I am still trying to figure out which gun i want to have by my side i love my 10)22 and i can carry lots of ammo with it and its a good small game rifle but i have 2 ruger 22 pistol and ar15 and ak 47 ,45 auto 38 super auto and lots more the ar15 will shoot very well at 400yards and more I gess it depens on what is going on i live in the woods so maybe i want have to bug out very far i know i would chose the ar15 if there a chance that people are going to be shooting at me or takeing my stuff.. and if it come down to close up vombies a 12ga with bird shot would be good just blow them to pieces.

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CaptBart August 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

Kev,
While .22 pistols are fun, I don't like them as survival arms. I think of a handgun as my "where the H*** did that (insert name of least favorite predator here) and how did he get so bloody close?" weapon. Strictly a contingency weapon. A lot depends on what you see as your most likely scenario. If almost all of your firearms needs are met by a .22 then, by all means carry one. Just make sure your sidearm can handle the apex predator in your area. If you plan on eating a lot of venison, then you need a larger weapon.
I have a strong opinion that it is always easier for a caliber to work in niches normally filled by a smaller caliber than by a larger caliber. I can use a 5.56 or .30 cal to take small game. I wouldn't want to depend on a .22 for moose, deer or hog. It could be done, but not easily and not without some real skill with the weapon.
Just my not so humble opinion.

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fmj50 December 12, 2011 at 6:40 am

Iron sights are a must and we make custom sights for Ruger 1022, Mini 14 & 30 and also S&S 1522. In a survival situation, you don't want to depend on optics, telescopic, or electronic.
Glass breaks, batterys run down, etc. http://trueshottechnologies.com/RUGER_1022.html
I'd like you opinions. / customerservice@trueshottechnologies.com

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RKing December 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

nice article ,personally I do not like extended mag releases ,I got a charger and after dropping the stupid mag out on the ground twice I ordered a stock flat ruger mag release and fixed the charger to match my 2 10-22s. Also keep the bolt release and bolt handle just as Bill Ruger designed them, they give me no trouble and I have had one of the 10-22s for over 20years. The triggers have all been stoned and had the sear angle adjusted to give a clean 3# trigger. i have green mountain barrels on both 10-22s and a "tuned up" factory barrel on the charger, all epoxy bedded. The charger shoots 1.5 inches at 100 yards with a 4x Burris rifle scope consistently(it's one a holer at 25) and both 10-22s will hold 1/2 at 50 yards with hunting ammo. They have 2×7 scopes, a leoplod and redfield . For reliability I want to stay close to stock ,that is the configuration that has had the most development and testing. I also use the 10 round mags , I have a ruger 25 round, just because, but rarely use it because it gets in the way. These guns get used for squirrel hunting all fall and winter. My typical hunting shot is 35 to 45 yards due to the mature hardwoods I hunt and I use subsonic ammo. Win 22 sub HP's shoot well and are inexpensive. My slings cost 3 dollars for the 2 , 1 inch web straps from Dunhams and a quick sewing. Charger also has a sling with a second swivel in the base of the grip. Bipod in a drawer somewhere ,no place to use it in the woods! As a SHFT rifle the 1022 is hard to beat ,modular ,cheap, accurate (with a little trigger work and bedding), and common. It is no more complex than my Winchester 67 bolt rifle and parts are way more common.Sorry to be long winded.

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Pitlog January 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

Just ran across this nice article. Likely written some time ago because Ruger now sells a 25rd mag for the 10/22. I have several and they work great.

I have a Simmons scope on my carbine, a weaver rail, an extended mag release, and have ordered the edge extractor – not because I've had feed problems, but because I don't want them :)

I also have a standard military type sling on it. My AR has a two point tactical sling, but I thought it would be overkill for the 10/22.

Keep your powder dry!

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deb January 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I agree, don't have any idea of the date,,,1/5/2013

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CRAIG TURCOTTE January 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Absolute first thing you need to do when you get a 10/22 is install a competition or match grade hammer. The weapons leave the factory with about an 8 pound trigger pull. Aftermarket hammers bring this down to 2 or three pounds and greatly improve accuracy.

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TheBrianScott February 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Hey, in response to item #4, Ruger now makes a factory high capacity magazine for the 10/22. It's a 25 rounder and definitely worth the price! (Usually around $29)

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Mr Grunt February 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I cannot agree with the replacement extractor. Aftermarket extractors are searching for problems that do not exist. The 10/22 is blow-back operated. The pressure of the cartridge blows the casing out of the chamber after overcoming to weight of the bolt, recoil spring, and hammer. The extractors job is to remove loaded cartridges when cycling by hand. Your money would be better spent on a replacement hammer, trigger job, or spare magazine.

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Dr. Keys February 9, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Other than the extended bolt handle you have described my 10/22. I too went with the Simmons 22 mag scope (3 -9 x40). Add a scope coat fo protection and easy of access. I changed the barrel to a Green Mountain 16" fluted heavy barrel and the stock to a Hogue over molded. The result is a shorter, better balanced carbine with little or no recoil which is essentially wheather proof. Accuracy? Golf balls at 100 yards all day long.

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lee February 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm

i am a huge ruger fan but the 10/22 would be my last choise.
there are a lot of 22 that work grate out of the box.

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Rick March 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm

10/22, I have a suppressor and a starlight scope on a synthetic stock, got the idea from the IDF…

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Jamie March 14, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I worked with my sons building our Ruger 10/22. We shot maybe 50 rounds before buying a bull barrel and a laminated camp stock. It was nice but too heavy. I later found volqaurtsen composite bull barrel. Then we up graded everything else. I did the trigger job myself and enjoyed the 3 lb. pull, but I liked the kidd trigger groups. I just couldn’t justify the price. I ended up buying a timney, after I dropped this group in and got burst. I sent it back and got another. We have a bad a** 22. Our gun is super cool. It has just a cheap redfield scope, but shoots great. Cci stinger ammo is super fast but not accurate. It will void the waranty in these type of barrels. We are going to build another and this next one will be far more simple. A little polishing of internal parts, up grading bolt handle, mag release, bolt release, bolt buffer, exc. Keep the original trigger with just a little work and we’ll have a great bug out gun.
I have over $1,300 in this one, the next one less than $600 including gun,scope and these minor upgrades and a good sling. We built ours for the manly pissing contest and not for servival.

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Jamie March 14, 2012 at 8:09 pm

To add to my listing above. The Ruger 10/22 is a very simple easy to take apart and clean. You can have a gunsmith add a hole in the receiver to make barrel cleaning easier. On most models there is one screw holding the gun to the stock. Remove this screw and loosen the band screw, then the stock is off. There is three pins to remove and you can clean everything else. These guns can be taken apart and put back together in minutes. I have other 22s. Marlins, Remingtons, exc. The Ruger is a heck of a lot easier for average person to master the assembly and disassembly than other simiautos.

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mikerepmo April 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Good tips. I didn’t know about the bolt release. That’s a good idea. I just bought an Archangel conversion kit, red dot from Walmart, and a foregrip. Got a 25 round magazine. I’m so excited to try it all out. I like the stock 10/22 but tactical is always more fun.

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Kevin April 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I have a Butler creek rubber overmoulded stock a Green Mountain bull barrel and a Nikon 3×9 Rimfire scope..the rifle is a bit heavy but I can shoot the eyeballs out of a woodchuck at 100yards…waste not want not….the padded cobra sling eases the wieght on the shoulder for those long hikes….Another "must have is a "Tri mag" ..3 10 round rotary mags coupled together..30 rounds in factory flawlessly loading magazines…better than those after market banana mags that get in the way and have a bad habit of getting hung up on stuff and breaking !

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Deb January 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Darn it Kevin sounds like you stoll my gun..kidding. Ialso have Green Mountain barrell 20' bull with 1-9 twist, overmolded stock and 3x9x40 scope with all of the mod stuff that i can find,,,,,love it love it love it.

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logan April 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

i fucking love cottage cheese so fuck you mike

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CaptBart August 31, 2012 at 10:23 am

language, sir, if you please. We are a family friendly site.

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hillbillywldmn April 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

I've seen alot of aftermarket stocks, for 10/22s does anybody have any thoughts on the newest from Red Jacket featured as the ZK10/22? it makes it look like a bullpup design, and shortens the whole rifle for quickclose quarters. It looks neat, but how about reliability? and overall function?

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Deb January 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Got one, no problems after 4000 rounds, love it.

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Trey May 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

I replaced my front sight with a hiviz fiber optic. Shortly after I was given a nice Simmons scope. I also put in the bolt release(best thing you can do) and put a target stock on it. The stock makes it possible to hold and shoot easily with one hand if you need to, however it did add weight. Other plus to the stock is it can be used as a wicked club if needed.

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Alex May 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Ruger has a extended mag ( BX-25) which is (in my opinion) far better than any other magazine out there check em out at ruger, they are about $25.00 a piece but well worth it

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Zombiegunslinger May 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

Good stuff, man. I hadn't even thought of going with the steel lips because I've been shooting stock plastic for years and never had an issue. But it only has to fail at an inopportune moment once, right? I went for light weight, compact, and useful in close quarters/urban survival. As such my 10/22 has a folding stock and 2 extended, 30 round clips. Granted that's a lot more ammo than is needed for popping off shots at bunnies and squirrels, but I tend to think along the lines of 'more ammo in the clip means carrying less in my pack/on my belt'. I have 60 rounds right there on the gun. And in a situation of urban survival are you going to stop and consider the caliber of the gun the other guy is holding, or will you just see a folding stock and a couple of banana clips? At a glance it could easily be mistaken for a sub-machine gun or .223.

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Cory K June 5, 2012 at 11:12 am

I have shot a few fire arms but never have made a purchase. This guide has been terrific but I have a few questions.
A Ruger 10/22 appears to be accurate and impactful at 150yards or less. For smaller game the distance could be extended.
I am looking for accuracy for midsize game up to 500yards. Is a Ruger the right gun? Its definitely in my price range.

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Agonnazar February 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Not the 10/22. You can shoot a .22LR out that far, but the stopping power and accuracy drop off substantially. Plus, where are you shooting that you'll have clear line of sight for 500 yards?

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Bayouwoody April 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Look at S&W M&P 15/22 before u go out and buy a 10/22 and do much to it. I have both._The Marlin is a better gun for survival as u can shoot shorts and cb caps. U can hunt with both and not make as much noise. I have this gun also. And a Henry witch is lighter. If u never have tryed this the long cb is best. It works better in most guns. Will not work in semi auto. Unless u work the bolt your self. _ On the sling thing,I have a single point sling on mine. works for me. I thought it had stud on it. I will need to look at it. It is in my Travel trailer.
U can NOT shoot game At 500 yrds very EZ. If u do u need think about bolt action type guns. U can get ar type in larger cal. but u can get a nice rifle with scope for less than half of AR type hunting cal.

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RTR June 6, 2012 at 9:00 am

The Arch Angel tactical setup is very nice. Gives you a 6 positioned butt stock, extended mag release, 2 places to store things ( pistol grip and stock tube), you can also put on a fore grip, single or double point sling. Looks like an AR when you get done with it

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dallas July 2, 2012 at 8:03 am

do you know of any bipods that will fit the standard ruger carbine…if so please email me at dallas.steelman@yahoo.com

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Dan July 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

Hey guys, going to pick up a new 1022 take down, and want to trick it out. seen most things to do , but what I'm really looking for is a scope rail, low profile, to add quick release rings to, that will allow use of fixed sites if scope gets damaged, (remove scope, the not mount ) without having to remove the scope base. for a shoot through situation. Any ideas, Been looking, but haven't found anything that doesn't look like crap. Dano…

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HoraceT July 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I bought a 10/22 almost a year ago and couldn't be happier with it. The model I purchased is the 10/22 Tactical (non-heavy barrel) for $250. I decided on that model for a few reasons. It comes with a factory threaded barrel with a flash suppressor. I intend to get a sound suppressor in the near future, and instead of having to pay a gunsmith to thread the barrel, or buy a new barrel, it seemed like the best option. It also came with a weaver rail on top. The rest of the gun was very standard.

The upgrades I've made are: a Hogue stock – the factory stock was very cheap polymer
A scope – I went with a Redfield 2-7x for around $100
the volquartsen match hammer – very easy installation and brought the trigger pull weight down by about half for around $30 bucks

Many of the mods available for the 10/22 simply don't seem worth the expenditure. Match grade barrels, and $300 trigger assemblies, to me, have very little value in terms of improving the accuracy. If you can't make accurate shots within 100 yards, it is user error. All .22 rifles are limited by the caliber capabilities. Spending $900 upgrading a $250 .22 rifle won't make it any more accurate past the reasonable range for a .22 caliber cartridge. The wind you're pissing into is the same one carrying that little 40 grain bullet off target downrange.

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Kenneth July 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

On my Ruger 10 22 the first upgrade i did was the auto bolt re lease yes i did use a dremel. No i am not cheap i could of bought the after market one. Next thing i did was buy a after market Trigger an hammer an sear set up brought my pull down to 2.3 lbs tested. " very light pull " alot of people dont know this but there is a plunger that locks the magazine into place by polishing the out side rim of this were it makes contact to the trigger housing makes the Magazines lock in an fall out faster due to reduced friction . I use only 12oo to 1500 wet grit sand paper.

I did upgrade my stock to a Butler creek side folder stock because when your in the woods compactness is key so your stock does not keep banding into trees. Yes i did add a 9×30 scope to my 22 with a medium scope mount and low profile weaver scope base mount. I love the ruger 10/22 magazine the 10 shot one.. I also like the new Bx25 magazine.. But i prefer the Butler Creek Steel lips magazines .. stay away from the plastic lips mag i have personal melted them. Alot of People will say a 22 does not need a muzzle brake , but i tried one an yes it does work an i like it alot i have the John Mason Muzzle brake with the set screw … if you do get one make sure to mark were the set screw is an use your drill an a small drill bit to make a indent dont go to far into the barrel please..

The most vital item i have the ruger 10/22 is the " BORE SNAKE " witch it put into the pistol grip of the butler creek stock folded up.. This is the key item i request every one to have … A clean fire arm shoots better .

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Michael August 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Ruger just came out with a take down .22 in a stainless barrel and synthetic stock. Awesome gun with ingenious connector to return gun to zero. Fits in a Bug out Bag, ammo is cheap and light, can hunt and use for protection, can use subsonic ammo for near silent shooting, reliable and easy to maintain, what is not to like? This should be a top 10 BOB item for those that can get their hands on one. I grew up shooting my Ruger .22, putting at least 10,000 rounds through it and cannot remember a single time that it has ever jammed with its own clip. Only time it ever jammed was when using old banana clips. Ruger now has their own steel fed 25round banana clips. What a great Zombie gun:)

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Burtgummer6x6 August 30, 2012 at 8:28 am

I have owned the same Ruger 10/22 for 32 years. It has served me very well. The only real complaint I have is the light weight. That is a plus to some but really causes problems for us larger folks to hold steady for precise shooting. After all these years I finally decided the old stick deserved a make over. I ordered a stock and barrel set from J&G Sales. This consists of a black Houge overmolded stock and a 20 inch (16 inch available) heavy bull barrel. The added weight works as I hoped to steady the hold of the rifle. I was able to use the same Bushnell Custom .22 scope I have had on it for 30 years. The added weight does help to hold the rifle steadier. It looks better and the functionality has increased as I hoped.

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ANUBIS September 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It’s funny how things turn out. Have been shooting my entire life. It always wanted a concealed weapons permit in a good carry gun. So when I was old enough I got my carry license, and got a Kimber 1911(One that could be concealed easily). I don’t really know why but for some reason after that, in the past four years I have purchased every caliber AR made, to a highly customized Barrett semi auto 50 BMG. However out of all those guns the rifle that I’ve got the most enjoyment from it is a synthetic stock 10/22 which was left to me by a friend who died way to young. Before I had a Ruger 1022 I never understood what the attraction was. the reason I never understood it is because I’d never given it a chance. The 1022 proves itself in the field, its so light, and after lugging a rifle and gear all day, that weight savings is a BIGdeal. the only addition I have is a sling. In my opinion all you need is a 45 on your hip and 10/22 on your back. BTW, I like the ruger BX 25, When hunting you may not need a 25rnd mag. However in some situations it turns out to be a really good place to grab the stock just in front of the mag with your hand against the mag(lightly of course. It doesn’t matter if you shoot paper or if you hunt or just screwing around, the 10/22 is a must have firearm for every rifle lover. Mine is barebones and I like that, it looks like a bb gun with the all black plastic stock and thin barrel. aguilera makes some cool .22lr ammo, they have a 60 grain bullet that uses what looks like a .22 short case, but, according to my chrony the 60 grain projectile came out at just over 1000fps! They also have a .22lr that only uses the primer, makes about as much noise as a bb gun with enough power to take down a squirrel at 30 yards. BTW, great article.

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Just a guy saying September 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Best thing to add to any rifle………..Time on the range the coolest gagget will out give you first round hits like good practice will. First round hits win the day.

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Solodiver October 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Just found this site and article. I recently added a new 10/22 TD. The bag that comes with it is now my always with me BOB. With some aftermarket MOLLE pouches attached It carries everything I need to be comfortable for 3 days. It also attaches to my main BOB which I think would give 2 weeks. I carry 4-BX25 mags, 5-rotary mags, and 300rds vac. packed. I mounted a weaver classic rimfire scope 4×28 on low heigth weaver rings and the stock section still fits the carry bag pocket. Of course the bag has the tool neccessary to remove the scope if required. Sling mounts is the Uncle Mikes 10/22 using a little JB Weld for extra holding. Bag, gun, ammo, and gear weighs in under 17lbs.

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KansasScout October 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Having owned a 10/22 in the 1980s I'd like to say having one with sling swivals and a scope mounted with a mount that took Weaver style mounts helped with making my weapon back then a nice little weapon for hunting small game, but like some others here I wouldn't want to use it for defense unless it was all I had at the time. .22LR is a nice training round and good for small game like squirels and rabbits. However as a defensive round it needs a bit of special placement to get a leathal job done. In many cases you'd have to empty a magazine to get the needed volume of lead on target to end an attack on you.

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Chaparelle October 15, 2012 at 4:56 pm

This is for Andy….Forget about the 50 rnd mag…..every person I know that has one, says it will jam so often that it makes plinking no fun. I have used theirs to see if I would like it for my 10/22. I had jam after jam with those mags to a point I would not waste my money to buy one.

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Ace October 20, 2012 at 6:38 am

I have been trying to decide either to purchase a .223/5.56 tactical rifle or Ruger 10/22. I already have a Mossberg 702 Plinkster .22, and enjoy it. I dont hunt large game~ more of a range, have fun with my son, & small game hunter. I own for personal protection Smith and Wesson .38/357 revolver for reliability and of course for survival. I do know the endless possibilities with the Ruger 10/22. That is truly the reason I like it, along with the reliability… Thank You To The Person That Started This Site… I will be purchasing A Ruger 10/22 Today!!! Thanks to all, and God Bless!!!!!

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pikastump November 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I stopped by the ruger booth at the NRA show last year in Pittsburgh and the rep was telling me that they got so sick of crappy after market high capacity mags that they decided to produce their own. I grabbed one for 18 bucks and it works great. 25 round capacity. I have put several hundred rounds through it and have had no problems.

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ranger todd November 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

This all sounds like a sales pitch for ruger. I like rugers, I have a couple but a 10/22 limits your ammo choices and I like options. When tshtf you may find 22lr to loud if you don't want found or 22lr may not be what you find available but there is cb, short etc. so I have a 22 lever gun. Shoots them all and matchs up with my ruger single 6 with extra mag cyl. For bigger options I also have an ar15 with a 22lr bolt and magazines so I have a choice of 22lr, 223 or 5.56. No matter your choice the best option is lots of practice.

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Don November 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Frank I found a flash hider with wings by the front site on E Bay I use williams sights and wanted to protect the front site

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Johnny Y December 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Very interesting comments. Guess I may have gone overboard, but I love Timney products.
I installed a Timney trigger in my 10-22 ans it took care of several problems that required individul mods. It has a 2-1/2 lb trigger pull, a bolt catch and the greatest mag release ever.
Absolutely super.

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chris December 21, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I have butler creek mags. and they work fine. Never have had any problems with the way they feed, gun shoots as fast as you want and never miss fires or miss feeds unles you use cheap lead bullets. As long as you use copper coated it shoots fine, great gun.

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Matt December 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

My 10-22 is dressed with a Simmons .22mag (model) 4×32 Scope, Extended mag release,Flash hider/muzzle brake. two stock 11 rnd mags and a 50 rnd mag. I Modified the butt stock by drilling hole under the buttplate for storage of small items, Remove buttplate for access. The Hole can be whatever size you like. I drilled mine 3/4" diam. by about 3" deep/ Plenty of room for matches,small tools etc..

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catfish February 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

My 10-22 has most of these mods. I have a Nikon 2-7x scope, sling, Timney trigger kit, and Stoney point rapid pivot bipod attachment. I added a second sling swivel to attach it. This bipod snaps off and on and goes up to a comfortable kneeling height. For sitting in ambush waiting for prey to arrive the bipod lets the gun be in shooting position so no excess movement is needed to make the shot. I highly recommend it.

I also have a Marling 60 zeroed with subsonic loads, and it has cycled them fine. Good for a quieter option.

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Cody February 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I just recently took the butt plate off of my .22 (it has a wooden stock) and I drilled a couple holes in the butt. One hole now stores a magnesium and flint firestarter and the other stores an extra 8 rounds of ammunition for emergencies. With the butt plate back on you can't tell it is there. I stuffed the holes with cotton to keep the items from rattling. This could also be down with a synthetic stock which is completely hollow and could store even more stuff. Obviously a guy would need a knife or leatherman to get the butt plate off in a survival situation but you should always have a knife anyway. I am also planning to make a sling ( the first thing on your list) out of paracord. Braided paracrod sling will have about 30 or 40 feet of 550 cord for emergency use.

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Canyonman March 15, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I purchased some of the "cheaper" 25 rd mags. They all split down their casting seam, join line whatever you want to call it. I put dry wall tape, the sticky kind, not the paper kind, and then smeared the tape with epoxy, I used JB Weld. Ugly as sin so I spray canned them flat black. Over 1200 rounds thru them without a sputter. Your results may vary. ;-)

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hoss April 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

A fish and game officer also recommends that you purchase Specricide Bee spray cans. They shoot 25+ feet and will stop a grizzly bear, wolf and a human without killing them. Just be careful not to aim it at something you don't want to. Eyes and noses are your sensory organs. That includes you.

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bear59801 June 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I got my 10/22 at a pawn shop for $40. It came with three 25 round mags plus the factory one. Mags were worth more than $40 so I got the rifle free. Why so cheap? It was so dirty that the spring would not return the bolt forward, and it had a fair bit of surface rust on the barrel. All it needed was a good cleaning and some 4/0 steel wool and WD40 on the rust.

What I did to it: Polish hammer and sear contact points – just polish, didn't need to cut them down. Used a die grinder (i.e. Dremel) with a small felt wheel and white rouge compound. Glass bed the action and free float the barrel so it doesn't touch the stock or barrel band. Cost nothing, as I had the glass bed kit from Brownells already – one kit will do about 4 or 5 rifles. Those two things shrank my groups by more than half. Bolt release and mag release as above. Forget which ones I bought, it's been a while, but I didn't pay over $20 for the two with my discount at Brownells. Sling is a military style one I had lying around.

Scope is a Bushnell 3-9×40 Sportview, made in Japan, that I bought long ago that has been on several rifles. I believe I paid about $50 for that scope in the late 80's; a new one of that quality would probably cost $150-200 today. Put real Weaver bases on, so I could use real rings instead of the dovetail mounts. Shoots 2" 10-shot groups at 100 yards with cheap Remington ammo.

Don't buy junk Chinese scopes; they will fail you when you need them and drive you crazy trying to zero with unrepeatable adjustments. Expect to spend about as much on a scope and mounts as the rifle cost, and you will have a good setup that will not let you down.

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Guest September 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I tried to promote this concept on TheHighRoad.org and they tore it to pieces, but I'm convinced the theory is sound. Just a couple years ago there was a resurgence of the old western favorite, the "Mare's Leg" which is basically a cut-down version of the traditional lever action rifle. They come in a variety of calibers, from small to big bore, and are sold as handguns for legal reasons.

I went with the .22 to achieve the widest range of ammo capabilities (.22 Long, Long Rifle, and Short) and because you can't go wrong with a Henry, but Rossi's .38/357 is the most popular caliber and could handle any foreseeable wilderness situation, they all shoot fantastically. Both companies make a .45, but Rossi's .44 Mag is apparently earning quite the reputation as a reliable hog gun – I know I've never enjoyed shooting .44s from anything smaller.

Are they your best bet? No. Do they deserve everyone's first impression of "novelty item"? Again, no. Can they pack well and shoot great? Yes, yes they do!

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HJ Lamb January 1, 2014 at 1:22 am

There are so many variations to set up and/or choose from, but I believe in the old kiss principle (keep it simple stupid!). So I would keep most everything "stock" as it came from the factory, sure I will hear about this! Nevertheless, I opted to go with a ruger 10/22 TDT (threaded takedown) and I mounted an NC Star 2-7 compact scope and loosened the flash hider so I could use my suppressor on it. There you have it, a 10/22 TDT with the shorty scope so when in takedown mode it fits into it's case and I can haul the suppressor and appropriate paperwork with it. I also haul about 500 rounds of ammo 300 rds of subsonic hollow points made by Aquila and 200 rounds of CCI mini mags. I carry 2 10 round stock magazines and a ruger made 25 round magazine. Everything fits in its tote bag and can be attached to my BOB or just put together and hauled with a sling with the accessories in my BOB. Just depends on the situation I find myself in. The .22 is an extremely versatile round for harvesting small game and the suppressor makes it less worrisome about giving away your position when firing or hunting.

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someguy March 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

I ordered a new chassis for mine and am happy with it. They have tons of these things. You take off the wood stock, and put the remaining barrel and trigger into a metal chassis complete with quad rails, and all the other goodies you'd find in an AR. It free floats the barrel, and I found it to much more accurate since I swapped the chassis. Mine even has some built in BUIS (backup iron sights) with tridium. Highly recommend this to go along with any other mechanical accessory you get.

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Mike April 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

I don't have a suppressor yet, but I intend to get one. In a SHTF situation, it will be critical to be able to hunt small game for table meat but at the same time, you'll not want to be seen or heard. If people hear your reports, it may draw unwanted attention. To go along with the suppressor, get yourself a supply of sub-sonic ammo. To be honest, the real benefit of a suppressor comes with the use of sub-sonic ammo. If you run sub-sonic ammo with a suppressor, the loudest thing you'll hear is the action cycling. The other benefit of this setup is that you don't need to have ear protection, which allows you to be far more aware of your surroundings.

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Spook45 June 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Sling; 30 rnd mags, 3lb trigger, Nikon Prostaff 3x9x40 Rimfire w/BDC Reticule. Bout to add a bull and a custom stock . and maybe a bipod.

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Dave June 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

This isn't being critical but the mag release is perfectly designed. Know your weapon. When dropping the clip simply move both hands in one smooth action. Forestock (left / right?) hand sliding beneath the clip while moving the fore finger (trigger finger) over the and between the trigger guard and clip release at the second knuckle. Viola! Mag in hand Slick & Quick rifle.

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Regulator5 March 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I don't know if they still make them, but we had a Ramline 30 rd magazine that lasted over 20 years. My Dad had a 10/22 and that is what I "cut my acorns" on squirrel hunting growing up. The only thought I have on the scope, is nothing smaller than a 32mm objective lense, as a moving target is hard to track in the smaller scopes, plus light gathering ability in low light situations.

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Regulator5 March 22, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Ground hog is pretty good table fare, IMO, or at least the way the "hillbillies" showed me to fix it. They cook it just like you would a roast.

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Chuck March 27, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I to have the TI metal feed mags. Mine never required any adjusting. Almost 1500 rounds and no feed problems.

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Gary January 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm

well my Ruger is 40yrs old and I got the new Ruger factory mag. and I am sending it back it does not feed the rounds. It seams like the spring is to week. So I used the ammo out of it and put in a after market mag and it worked fine so it was not the ammo.

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Jason December 11, 2013 at 5:02 am

My 10/22 is about 5 years old and I have two of the ruger 30 rnd mags. After prob several hundred rounds through the ext mags they have run just as good as the 10 rounders.

I have heard bad things about other brands though.

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Ben May 1, 2011 at 6:49 pm

the laser you're referring to is called a bore sight.

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Pastor Dave May 5, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I also have an Archangel Stock and put a 3*9*40 scope and overunder rings with a foregrip with a built in bipod and 25 round mags, this made an awsome riffle out of this world, works great for hunting and will be great for survival.

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Alan January 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I have heard mixed reviews about the Archangel stock, especially about the fit. How is the fit around the barrel on your carbine?

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autonomous May 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

They are great i have them on my rifle and i saw a significantly tighter grouping

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Dave January 13, 2012 at 1:32 am

Tech Sights work great and you'll eat more with them in a survival situation I'd imagine.

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Mike Uher September 24, 2011 at 6:53 am

I also use a Marlin with a 15 shot tube, when firing .22 LR. I have no scope, just irons, and it works great. It is difficult to disassemble for cleaning, and it does take a little longer to reload than a mag fed rifle, but that being said, there is no magazine to lose, or worry about malfunctioning. There are cons obviously, clearing a stoppage is a little bit of a beast, but not impossible. I like it over the Ruger, just on the basis of the bolt catch, and the mag release. My brothers in law both have 10-22, and though they are accurate, I would not want one. In all honesty, if I could get the trigger on my single shot Springfield model 15 working properly, I would prefer that to any semi auto (very light trigger pull, able to snipe shotgun shells at over fifty feet with IRONS, and closer to 70 with a descent scope.) I modified it a little to accept a scope, and it worked better than I thought it would. It is also just a touch lighter, which is a bonus when carrying it around. Some may look at me funny when i say I would rather have a single shot rimfire for survival, over a semi auto, but a hit is always better than a miss followed by a hit, as ammo is a non replenish-able resource. Having only one shot forces you to concentrate on making the shot count, and should reduce wasteful shooting. just a thought.

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CaptBart September 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

I only have semi-autos. Since I agree that first round hits are best, I'm looking at some of the .22LR lever guns as lever guns are my weak spot. I've not fired any yet but there are some that look decent and don't cost an arm and a leg.

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Kaiolohia November 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I also have a 15+ year old Ramline 30 round magazine that still functions beautifully with zero maintenance on my part.

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Grizzman November 27, 2013 at 12:53 am

Tube size does not amount to more or less light. It as to do with the coatings of the glass.

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Leo February 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I recently bought a ruger 10/22 (your site helped convince me) and did the lightened trigger mod yesterday. I am a novice, but am not afraid to try mods myself. It was easy. Just follow the directions in this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF0Oe7WsZUs
I'm going to try the bolt release mod as soon as I can track down a dremel.

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Medic22003 May 25, 2012 at 5:48 am

I mounted shoot through rings on mine just for hunting. Wasnt even thinking survival. The way I have it set up, has a 4 power scope over those rings so I can use open sights or a scope.

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AuricTech September 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Of course, 10/22 owners now have the option of buying the Ruger BX-25 25-round magazine. :-D

What spare parts do longtime 10/22 owners suggest?

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Charlie Smith November 3, 2013 at 6:44 am

See through rings, screw up your scope – you can't shoot good with your head floating up in the air, and it makes your iron sights next to usless too. Mount your scope as low as you can to the barrel.
By the way I bought a 10/.22 TD, I am dissapointed, as because of the take down fact it will not hold a zero with a scope, if it fine with the iron sights that are mounted on the barrel.
I am going to sell it and replace it with a regualar 10-.22.

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Boot44 November 19, 2012 at 12:56 am

I agree on the use/investment of a rimfire suppressor. I have a Gemtech Alpine. It works great on my 10/22 TakeDown. I put a Nikon 2-7 scope,now its quiet and accurate.Target ammo is as quiet as subsonic. I prefer to keep mods to the minimum. Good luck!

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Gary January 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

Hey John,

Can you please explain how you mounted sling on the side? And what brand sling did you use?

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