Ruger 10/22: A Rifle Everyone Should Own (PATRICK IS BACK!!!!)

Today we are going to take a close look at one of the most popular rifles in the world, the Ruger 10/22. We chose to review the standard carbine configuration because it is the most commonly seen, but there are hundreds of factory variations. The 10/22 can offer shooters a ton of fun  for just pennies or even teach a young one how to shoot.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Co-Director for TFBTV. He is a verified gun nerd and also podcasts at The Firearms Podcast. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially overly modified plastic handguns, precision rifles, and AR based things. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • John

    after Alex left TFB, TFBTV took a nose-dive. I used to get excited when his regular videos showed up. now – nothing. Hopefully Patrick will carry his torch in the similar key. No offense to Ed and James, but James is too irregular with his videos and Ed covers topics mostly irrelevant to US-viewer. Best of luck Patrick. No pressure 🙂

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      They won’t be the same, but over time I am sure I will get into a groove. We shall see.

      • Dougscamo

        I dunno….thought the Nambu 94 (?) video was pretty good….though you did have a bit part….

      • Isaac Newton

        I think this video was fine. You did a good job speaking to new shooters and that is never a bad thing.

      • Pete – TFB Writer

        Great job, Patrick. Takes guts to go on camera for the whole world to see.

        10/22 needs moar threaded barrelz and silencer bling.

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          The rifle in the video belongs to my son. I am gonna let him modify it when he gets old enough.

      • Rusty S.

        I think you are doing an awesome job. Video editing isn’t the easiest of things to do. Keep up the great work!

      • Tassiebush

        That video was fine. You’ve each got/had your own style and I welcome it all. I’m glad you’re producing videos. Keep up the good work. You guys can count on my continued patreon support.

      • Hey you’re doing fine—–!

    • Don Ward

      We all mocked and ridiculed Alex when he asked whether Nagant revolvers can be suppressed and bashed lever guns and listed some obscure century-old Belgian handgun as the Top 5 Carry Gun EVAH!.

      And now he’s gone.

      What fools we were.

      What fools!

      WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN TO LOVE WHAT WE HAVE?!?

    • USMC03Vet

      Alex went overboard with the top 5 click bait vids. James is the real star here.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        I agree with you on the clickbait… but have to argue that Highpoint 380 review… Also clickbait.

        • James Hi Point video wasn’t click bait he really wanted to put it through it’s paces. In fact we may do a really destructive test a bit later.

    • That was a unique deal with Alex. Doing TFBTV was his only job so he had all the time in the world. Everyone else has a regular day job which keeps them from doing as many videos as Alex did.

  • Paul White

    Hands up for people that don’t much care for the 10/22? I’m kind of a Ruger fanboy, just not a huge fan of that gun.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I respect your right to be wrong.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Youre not my buddy, pal.

      • pithy

        HE’S NOT YOUR PAL, GUY

    • iksnilol

      well, it’s sorta expensive considering performance you can get for cheaper.

      • cwp

        The 10/22 is like the Glock 19, except it’s the default answer to someone who asks, “What .22 rifle should I get?” instead of “What handgun should I get?” In both cases, if you live somewhere where owning one is possible at all, you’ll probably be able to find one to buy; it’ll probably be fairly inexpensive if not the cheapest possible; and it’ll probably give good but not exceptional performance.

        Now, if someone has specific requirements beyond just “I want a .22 rifle”, the 10/22 may not be the best answer. If you live somewhere outside the United States and Rugers are significantly more expensive, or if money is really tight and saving $50-$60 is extremely important, then the 10/22 may not be the best answer. Et cetera. The 10/22 is not always going to be the *best* answer, but it’s usually a decent answer.

        • iksnilol

          I just find 200-300 bucks for one expensive when you can get a Marlin 70 or 795 for like 100 bucks and it gives better accuracy.

          Sure, you can argue about aftermarket, but then you’ve spent like 500 in addition to the 2-3 hundred you already paid for it. Thus you are in the higher budget end of the scale and coulda gotten something for 700-800 and skipped the middleman.

          • cwp

            The thing about the aftermarket is, it’s not a front-loaded cost. Yes, you can wind up spending $$$ on your 10/22 and not get as good a rifle as you would if you’d just bought more expensive rifle to start with, but there’s value in being able to start with a $200 rifle and improve it as you go. I’d never tell someone who wants a high-end target rifle to just go get a 10/22 and mod it; but by the same token, someone who asks a vague, entry-level question like “What .22 should I get?” is *probably* not looking for an answer that requires high-end rifle money. For that guy, there’s a lot to be said for a basic rifle that *can* become something more elaborate if they get into the hobby and decide they want to spend more cash.

            I wouldn’t discourage someone from buying a Marlin instead (my experience is that the price differential is more like $40-60 than $100-$200, but this is just squabbling over details). It’s fine! It might even be better! The only reason I pick the Ruger — and this is a little bit of a circular reason — is because I’m almost certain there’ll be one for sale in any gun shop someone asking the question goes into, and that lets me keep the recommendation simple.

          • Cymond

            Precisely.
            Also, it’s hard for some people to afford a big purchase all at once, for several reasons.

            For me, I prefer to buy a basic gun today and budget for upgrades over time. I’m impatient. I want something to shoot now.
            Also, we have been living under threat of potential bans, so it was important to buy ASAP and upgrade later. I have one project that has been incomplete for over 6 years because my funds have been tied up on more urgent purchases.

          • Dougscamo

            Got a sweet shooting Winchester Wildcat….aka TOZ 78 with walnut stock instead of orange beech….in the economical bolt action design….the price of .22 LR these days makes me thankful I didn’t buy a semi auto….

          • DW

            Dont yuo Euros just go with CZ 513 instead? The CZ 10/22 that is actually classy and recently got a 25rounder?

          • Paul White

            Exactly my thoughts on it. Sure if you want a project gun to tinker with 10/22’s a better bet (and if that’s your thing, go for it, no judgement) but if you just want an out of the box good performer? It’s 50+ bucks more than some other very comparable guns

          • Steve

            The $500 additional is a conservative value. IV8888 did a build video using higher end parts, the rifle was $1600 before the optic. Or just buy a complete rifle directly from Volquartsen or Kidd and avoid all the crappy Ruger factory parts.

          • iksnilol

            Well, I am mighty old fashioned, pardner. So I did a conservative estimate. But yeah, for me the 10/22 is slightly pointless, to expensive to be a cheap plinker, to cheap to be a high end rifle.

          • Bart

            The 10/22 is a good rifle. I won’t knock it. Still, I tend to favor the Marlin 60 and 795. The Marlins tend to be a little more accurate, and a little cheaper. It is like asking Toyota vs Honda, or Glock vs M&P, all respectable options.

    • Porty1119

      I’m not a huge fan of 22LR in general. I’d rather shoot cast/reduced loads out of my shotguns and rifles than invest additional time and effort in a dedicated NONRELOADABLE training cartridge.
      The 10/22? Eh, I guess it’s all right, but I’d rather have a shotgun or .30-30 for about the same money.

      • Paul White

        I love .22 but I can get a pretty good bolt or semi auto 22 for a fair bit less than the 10/22. Yeah, not as customization, but I don’t do a lot of that, let alone on a .22

    • Martin M

      I’m with you, Paul. I’m a Marlin Model 60 fan. I’ve never liked 10/22s. Especially their little rotary magazines.

      • Rimfire

        I would recommend that you see a Doctor, lol! The rotary magazine has been a great feature of the 10/22. Never fails, runs with all kinds of .22. If that ain’t your thing, they offer 15 and 25 sticks . Too much concern over the Remlington brand nowdays to spend money on a current gun, any gun from them. Need a great 597 in .22 Mag?

        • Kivaari

          They wear out if you leave them loaded. The springs will take a set.

          • Phillip Cooper

            Clearly you don’t know how springs work.

          • Kivaari

            Why would you think that? I’ve seen quite a few 10 round 10-22 magazines that need new springs. They were all left loaded for extended periods of time. There are of course springs and then there are springs. I have been able to restore some by giving them a new set of twists while reassembling them. Clearly you know some springs take a set.

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            Springs do not take a set. They wear out with use, not time compressed.

          • Kivaari

            I’d disagree. I’ve seen many magazine springs fail after little use but having been stored fully loaded. I’ve also seen some that seemed to last for ever. I’ve come across quite a few 10-22 magazines that have weakened springs. AMT 22 Mag pistol magazines, where none of them got much use because the damn things don’t work. Then I’ve seen Glock magazines go for 10 years and 1911 magazines go for 25 or more. Some gun companies use junk spring wire. I know personal 10-22 magazines with little use have failed.

          • Kivaari

            See Wolff Springs FAQs. Springs DO take a set. Springs do wear out from full compression.

          • Kivaari

            I recommend you go to the Wolff Spring website and go to FAQs. Wolff, one of the best known spring makers, suggests that springs do take a set and do wear out over time. It varies from magazine type and material used in the spring. They recommend higher capacity magazines be down loaded a couple rounds in order to extend the life span. Now that matches what I have observed over nearly 60 years of gun use.

        • Paul White

          I love the 597, probably buying one soon actually.

      • Kivaari

        When the Marlin M60 wears out, and they do wear out, most gunsmiths will chage you the price of a new rifle to fix them. Just by selling you a new one. Those mouse trap actions are just a pain to clean or repair. The little zinc feed block wears out too fast.

        • junkman

          You are correct about those Marlin 60 receivers wearing out; just junk the thing. My 10/22s run perfect & are extremely accurate. Neighbor has a real old 10/22 that still runs perfect & consistently knocks over empty 12 g shotgun hulls from 50 yards dead center. I am spoiled by my Rugers, they just work & are 100% AMERICAN.

      • Cymond

        The Ruger magazine it the best rimfire box magazine I’ve ever used. Most rimfire mags are sheet metal junk that hurt to load after a little while.
        Although I do admit that tubular magazines are nice, too. It’s nice to just drop rounds in without fighting a spring. The downside is that reloading is slower than swapping magazines, and suppressors have to be removed to reload rimfire tubes.
        (I gave away an original Marlin 81 to a friend, and I still have my stepfather’s Marlin 783.)

      • Bart

        For plinking purposes, I totally prefer the tube fed Marlin 60 to the 10/22. Filling magazines is a hassle. I’d much rather fill the tube.
        The mag. loaded firearms are quicker to load and reload. That is why I have a Marlin 795 as well.

    • Edeco

      Yep, my rimfire rifle craving is focused on CZ455’s, esp the idea of one ninjed up with an aluminum chassis and a can.

    • borekfk

      Yeah, I could never find a 10/22 that ran as reliably as my dad’s Marlin Model 60. And for that rimfire itch, I just stick with a CZ-452 and it’s nice euro-style stock and Williams peep sights.

    • Ben

      Definitely an overrated gun imho. I love their blackhawk and redhawk line of revolvers however.

      • Bart

        I love my Security Six .357, and hope to get a Blackhawk some day.

    • What!!!! Heresy!

    • Wingbert

      I had one, sold it, no regrets.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Speaking of teaching kids to shoot, i saw a guy on TV the other day that had bought a single-shot .44 magnum rifle to his daughter as her first gun. Doesn’t seem like the best choice since she is 5 years old.

    • Porty1119

      Well, it depends if he reloads for it. If he does, .44 Magnum can be downloaded to the point of being a real pleasure to shoot. Still, 5 may be a bit too young/small for centerfire rifles.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        The rifle kicked her right in the face, hardly seemed pleasant.

        • Porty1119

          Never mind then. Sounds like he had a case of the dumb.

        • Bucho4Prez

          The ancient RSO at my range would have, rightfully, bounced that yahoo toot sweet.

          • Scott

            Tout de suite, s’il vous plait.

  • Don Ward

    While there are better .22 caliber rifles out there, the 10/22 is so ubiquitous and so inexpensive for the starter model, that one should be in the arsenal of every gun owner.

    • Gary Kirk

      Fairly inexpensive for the start.. Problem is, they’re too fun to mess with and turn into this in no time.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/06729dfd4acf6227628f3909084ccd59718a22a2cadcfa750429e6ddea125759.jpg

      • Don Ward

        The fact that you’re drinking Budweiser is the greater heresy.

        *1990s audience Ooooooooo sound*

        • Steve

          Well once you buy the rifle, throw everything but the receiver away, and replace it all with better parts…..Budweiser might be all you have funds for.

          • Dougscamo

            Dang, boys!…..What all are y’all drinkin?…..after I go through a shooting/new rifle session…..Budweiser is considered the premium stuff….

          • Steve

            Usually a good IPA from the likes of Ninkasi or a Belgian like Saison DuPont or St. Bernardus Abt. 12.

          • Dougscamo

            I prefer a deeply chilled Miller High Life….ideally an October 2016 vint…uh…brewerage….

          • Steve

            Well, if you’ve never had any of the fore mentioned, you don’t really know. High life is a beer you have when it’s over 90F outside. Any other time, people with taste want beers with flavor.

          • Dougscamo

            Humor dude…..actually I prefer Guinness Stout….but I live in the South so 90 degree days are pretty common….where are you from? Oregon?

        • Scott

          There is no beer but Budweiser, and Bubba is his prophet. Budweiser akbar.

        • Blake

          CZ owners agree!

          Budvar is the appropriate alternative 🙂

  • 22winmag

    Except for the lawyer-trigger which one must address (with a Volquartsen hammer), the Remington 597 is the rifleman’s 22.

  • Ark

    My 10/22 TD rolls with Williams fiber optic sights, and that’s about it. No reason trying to stretch it out past the 50-100 yards that any reasonable person will use a 10/22 at.

    Let’s be real, though, the 10/22 gets boring after a while. .22lr gets boring after a while.

    • clampdown

      Not if you set up targets in different spots, move around firing behind trees, from kneeling or prone, and doing badass 25 round magazine changes. It’s actually a ton of fun.

  • clampdown

    I had a Marlin 60 SS in a “Dragunov” stock, but I traded it in toward a 10/22. I’ve put Tech Sights on it and currently have in one of the tacticool TAPCO stocks, simply because I wanted something “tacticool.” It’s a hoot to shoot, very ergonomic, and the adjustable stock nice for my wife. I’d like to put a TRS-25 red dot on it with a lower 1/3 wittiness.

    The only issue I have so far is that it is MUCH MORE picky with 22 loads. The only thing that Marlin wouldn’t eat was that Remington Thunderbolt crap. I really think, however, that the feeding issues are more due to the fact that I don’t shoot enough for my magazines to get broken in. In particular, it was jamming every other shot with the Winchester SuperX 40gr JHP at the range one day, which I bought to keep one mag loaded with for home defense.So just for research, I asked another 10/22 shooter if I might hold one of his mags, which clearly had well worn springs…they all went off with no problem. Kicked like a .22 Magnum. I guess I need to shoot it some more. Just gotta find the time…

  • codfilet

    I had a 10/22-Bought it in the late ’70s for around $45 new. It was alright, but it sat around for many years until my son got out of the Service, and I gave it to him. I’m much more interested in ‘US-Property” marked .22 rifles now.

  • Disarmed in CA

    I like mine, but considering I needed to do some minor gunsmithing to it to function 100% I’d call it less than perfect. I had to sand the mag-well in the stock to get the magazine to drop free, had to do some file work on the bolt release for it to release without complaining, and replaced the noisy metal buffer with a stiff plastic one.

  • SignalFromTheRim

    CZ 455 American is the Duke of New York! It’s A#1!

  • Gary Kirk

    Praises 10/22, wears CZ hat… 😉

  • datimes

    I’m sticking with my Winchester pump manufactured in 1946. Doesn’t look like much but shoots and functions flawlessly.

  • Nashvone

    It’s a great introductory rifle. I just wish a decent trigger for them didn’t cost as much as the rifle did to begin with!

  • Kivaari

    After many years of owning various 10-22s, I have one with a Volquartsen trigger assembly. That makes a world of difference. If you don’t luck into one with a good trigger, and I had more with bad triggers, than the gun just wont perform as well as it should. It’s hard to over come bad triggers. Of all the after market items I’ve used or seen in use, the Volguartsen trigger is the most valuable addition I’ve come across in addition to a good scope.

  • Spencerhut

    I own many 10/22’s and CZ 512’s. The CZ 512 is leaps and bounds better than even the best Tac-Sol 10/22, let alone a Ruger. Not even a contest.

  • Daniel Øien

    I recently sold my 10/22. It was a nice weapon and all, but I never liked the aluminum receiver and the general fit and finish. I wish Ruger would make a premium version with a steel receiver, nicer wood and other premium features.

    • DW

      You get a Browning Sa22 instead. Apart from being tubefed it fit your need perfectly.
      Nowadays you don’t find semi 22lr with steel receiver and is box mag fed anymore.

    • Steve

      No one makes a steel receiver version. If you want fit and finish, look at Volquartsen or Kidd.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Uh huh… I’m sure you are a metallurgy expert and can point to all of the worn out 10/22 receivers out there right?

      • Daniel Øien

        I’m no metallurgy expert, and I’ve never heard about 10/22 receivers failing. I still think the 10/22 would look and feel better with a blued steel receiver.

  • Tassiebush

    I’m not allowed to own one of these 🙁

    • Bursar

      It does suck, a nice 10/22 would be a fine addition to a rifle collection here in Aus.

      • Tassiebush

        Totally! I just reckon it’d be a great companion in the bush. Seems like a quintessential utilitarian modern design. It’s stuff like this that makes me feel the sting of our stupid laws.
        Love the toe cutter avatar BTW.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Who changes mags when the their control hand while the support hand is gripped tight to the forearm? If you were looking for a reason why it’s wobbly, slow, and cumbersome, that’s it.

    If you are going to make videos, please take some formal instruction. There are already enough people doing things poorly and pointing guns at themselves on the internet.

    • Cmex

      Because different people have different techniques. For heavier firearms or ones without drop free magazines, the control hand is used because it’s more dexterous and It’s easier to support the weapon with the support hand. Additionally, the right side charging handle makes sense to hit with the right hand. Not every reload technique must be modeled in Call Of Duty to make it valid.

  • Bal256

    Some of the people here saying that CZ makes a better semi-auto 22lr. At twice the price it better be higher quality!

  • Blake

    Our 10/22s aren’t the most reliable rimfires in the safe (that’s the Marlin 39D).

    They’re not the most accurate either (that’s the CZ).

    But they are probably the most fun, & anybody that has animated a still spinner or walker target with a full 25rnd banana magazine would likely agree.

    They’re also ubiquitous, cheap, and infinitely modifiable.

    The trick is to avoid going nuts on the mods. Stick with the factory stock, add a 16″ Green Mountain Bentz-chambered barrel that fits your stock, polish away the tooling marks from all the moving parts (especially the trigger parts), add a set of Wolff gunsprings, a polyurethane bolt buffer, quality iron sights of your choice, clean everything really well & lube (& then wipe all the extra lube out of it so it doesn’t get filthy so fast, or try dry-lube) & you’re done.

    That’s maybe $120 worth of upgrades that hits all the “low-hanging fruit”, & you replace enough stuff that even a dinged-up pawn-shop special will deliver extremely satisfying results. Get a couple of boxes of Federal Automatch & head to the range; they’ll last you all day (with more than a couple bricks, the gun will probably get filthy & start jamming before you run out of ammo :-).

    Oh, & avoid magazines with plastic feed lips like the plague; only the metal-lipped mags are reliable.

  • CMonster 556

    I had one. I thought, “$200 plinker, how could I go wrong?” Worst rifle I ever owned. Trigger was unbelievably bad, pull in excess of eleven pounds. Shot a bigger group off the bench than one of my .22 handguns did, with any ammo I tried. Could have bought a new trigger, and a new barrel, and then had a not$200 plinker. Traded it off and bought something I liked much, much better.