Celebrate 10/22 This Weekend

The weekend begins on 10/22 (22nd October), which is the perfect excuse to take out your Ruger 10/22 rifle, along with a friend of family member, and head out to the range and have some fun! If you don’t own a 10/22, now if the perfect time to buy one, you won’t regret it1 🙂

[ Many thanks to David for pointing out the date and suggesting this post. ]

  1. Actually you may regret it. Once you start buying 10/22s, it is hard to stop. 

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Jim

    The 10/22 was my first rifle. And it was junk. I got the Deluxe model; the gun was made of some of the cheapest metal I’ve ever encountered, and the magazine design was so prone to jamming with anything but copper coated bullets that it was basically worthless. I upgraded to a T/C R-55 and never looked back.

  • Veeshir

    I just got my first one this week, I was surprised it was that cheap.

    I can wait to start taking it apart and piutting it back together in new and exciting ways.

  • Kevin

    10/22 is my birthday. Happy 10/22 day!

    • Kevin, Happy Birthday!!!!

  • West

    Im not sure what era you are talking about but ive been shooting these rifles my entire life and have never had the problems you describe.

    I have a lot of guns but not many are as fun as the 10/22. Though I have yet to pimp mine out as is the current trend. I have the stock model as it came from the factory.

    Im waiting for one with rails where I can attach my Mark III.

  • What would Santa shoot!

  • Martin (M)

    Is it bad of me to say I don’t like 10/22s at all? I have shot several and thought they were all over-hyped and built from cheap materials. Give me a Marlin model 60 any day.

    Still, regardless of whatever .22 you own, go out and shoot.

  • Pete

    My Tapco T6 stock for my 10/22 arrived today! Mall Ninja weekend here I come!

    Its actually quite nice for $64.

  • Victor

    Whys is this gun dressed for a gay parade?

  • me

    Why a barrel shroud on a 10/22?

  • D.Coleman

    It looks like a weapon from the game Borderlands…

  • Caseless

    Last month, I finally bought the stainless steel version after hearing so much hype on these for a long time. Compared to the less expensive Marlin 70s, I am less than impressed with the factory 10/22. It’s like a bare bones gun built for the tuners. No auto-bolt release, no sling swivels, no tool-less rear sight. The factory magazine will cause jams if heavily waxed bullets are used.
    All these shortcomings can be remedied with aftermarket parts. Still, I would expect at least comparable standard features to my Marlin.

  • jdun1911

    I am still looking for a cheap 10/22 receiver so I can finish my precision built. I have one unmodified 10/22 but couldn’t bring myself to change it. It has lot of sentimental value.

    You know what even funnier than 10/22? .22lr lever action rifles. Those are a blast to shoot.

  • I did a lot of research (i.e. reading forums for months) before buying a .22 rifle and went with the Marlin Model 60, which the majority of info I read indicated is more accurate out of the box. However, if you want to modify/customize or otherwise tweak a .22 rifle, probably nothing better than the 10/22. BTW, I’m happy with my stock Marlin 60 with a 3-9x Tasco. Nothing against Ruger, just picked up a sweet Mini-14 Tactical.

    • As y’all probably guessed from the above blog post, I love 10/22 rifles.

      Out of the box, I absolutely agree that a Marlin Model 60 is a better rifle than a standard 10/22 (The Target and Tactical Target models have many upgrades). The beauty of a 10/22 is that with a few modifications you have a wonderful rifle. You can easily make a 10/22 into the ultimate target rifle, “tactical” rifle, plinker or hunting rifle.

  • Jim


    The metal is incredibly soft and poorly made. Try scratching it, accidentally or otherwise, with anything harder than plastic and you’re certain to have a major gouge taken out. My R-55 on the other hand is made of high quality steel, and will not gouge without some major effort.

    The magazines are also nearly impossible to take apart, and will reliably jam when waxed or lubed ammo is used (like Wolf Match) rather than copper coated stuff.

    • Jim, the receiver is Aluminium and supports a steel bolt riding inside, so it is unlikely to be damage by something harder than plastic. Maybe you had a bad gun.

      I shoot a lot of CCI subsonic rounds through mine (not copper washed). I don’t bother to clean the magazines, even when shooting other brands of dirty ammo. All guns are ammo sensitive, so I am not saying that Wolf Match would work well in all 10/22s.

  • Bob

    I didn’t get to shoot my 10/22 on 10/22, but I was out shooting Thursday and doing quite well at 100 yards. I’ve got a Bushnell 4X scope and I’m VERY happy with it. I buy whatever .22LR is cheapest and haven’t had any problems with Federal, Blaser, or even ones I’ve found at the range. The only additions I’ve made are the aforementioned scope and a couple 25-round Butler Creek magazines which also work very well.
    As I said, I get cheap ammo and I can tell there there isn’t the quality control of a target round, but I’m still getting 4-5″ groups at 100 yards in the wind.

  • Lance R. Peak


    I don’t see any shoulder thingie that goes up…

    Maybe it’s an ultralite barrel and they want some protection for it? I dunno, I’m just guessing. Looks like one of these: http://www.gmriflebarrel.com/catalog.aspx?catid=10_22aeroseriescompetitionandsportbarrels

  • I have to say I envy you Americans…

    I consider myself a fairly responsible and mature person – considerate of other human beings – but unfortunately my government does not think of me or my fellow Brits as trustworthy enough to allow us to own .22s centerfire rifles in the same way we can own air rifles.

    I would love nothing more than to own a 10/22 – but sadly that will never be. 🙁

    Enjoy your freedom to carry arms responsibly, as I say – I envy you.

  • 4Cammer

    My first rifle was a 10/22 that I bought back in 86 and loved it. Can not say the same for the current product though. The finish and plastic components leave me cold. But it is the small block Chevy of the 22 rifle world and can suit most any purpose and budget.

    I do prefer the T/C as well.

  • Cameron

    I took out the 10/22 All-Weather Carbine. My newest gun, and I love it!

  • jdun1911


    You can always immigrate to the USA or try to get a green card. You do not need to be a US citizen to own a firearm. All that is required is proof of legal permanent residency (I believe at least four months in the USA).

    Make sure you live in a free state and not Kalifornia or New York.

  • Jack


    I’m european and I have a British friend who own a Ruger 10/22. You need a firearms licence /certificate.
    It’s annoying, but at least you can buy what you want.

  • Jim


    The difference between aluminum and steel is exactly what I’m talking about. It’s much softer than steel, and mine scratched badly as a result. And I take pretty good care of my guns.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but CCI subs have either little or no lube on them. Ammo with heavier lube content (like the Wolf Match) will almost instantly gum up the magazine and prevent it from turning (I think the rotary mag is a poor design all by itself, but lubed ammo absolutely locks it up).

    Like I said, I’ve moved onto greener pastures and couldn’t be happier about it. However, I know some people get great results on paper out of their modified 10/22s, so all the criticism in the world isn’t going to render it less popular or capable.

  • M.G. Halvorsen

    Being a citizen of the Volksrepublik Kalifornia, I ain’t leaving! I own a 10/22, and it is,indeed, a fun plinker. However if I want to pop targets, I have an old Marlin Model 80E with Lyman sights that’ll drive nails and kill flies that are attracted to the honey on the target board at 100 yards. Eventually the voters in this state will get wise and get rid of the loafers and idiots we have in Sacramento, and freedom will reign in the Golden State again. Til then, I guess I’ll have to endure…

  • Komrad

    I love my 10/22
    I got the sporter without the barrel band ($350 msrp, a step up from stock) from Scheels w/ a 4x scope for about $250. The sporter model was actually cheaper than the standard. They had em on closeout I think. Bought a couple 25 rnd mags and I’ve been using it ever since. I too have found that certain ammo gums up the rotary magazines. I shoot mostly winchester 36gr JHP and haven’t had any issues with either mag. As long as you keep the mags clean and use mostly lube free stuff made for autoloaders, you won’t get any jams.
    It isn’t a target gun by any means, but for a plinker and good all around gun, it works pretty well.

  • jdun1911


    10/22 are tools and not some precious rare artwork.

    You have people on arfcom asked from time to time the easiest way make their ar15 look combat/field worn, ie how to scratch the hell out of their new rifle/carbine. The most common answer, throw it around your drive way because an Arfcom member actually made a video doing just that. The second common answer is good out and use it.

    Folks don’t get work up when your firearms get scratches.

    Here is a recent thread asking how to:

  • jdun1911

    Here is another scratched up gun thread that popped. And of course the throw it down the driveway came up.


  • Bob H

    Throw it down the driveway? That would scratch the hell out of my hand laid Egyptian tile driveway! Next I suppose you are going to tell me to let people put their cars on it!

  • Josh

    my first, favorite and current varmint/home defense rifle.
    super reliable, accurate and not picky with ammo.
    I have had the problems seen above if you don’t clean it after 10-15,000 rds it will stop working correctly.
    also if you shoot super light or low velocity rounds it will loose reliability.
    it is a straight blowback gun you have to shoot standard .22lr hi velocity to get it to work right.
    also the recoil springs and assembly do wear out after many thousand rounds.
    take care of your gun and it WILL take care of you.
    that one above is pretty cool but a bit showy mine is flat black n tacced out.