New Ruger 10/22 VLEH Target Tactical Rifle

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Some years ago Ruger was not giving customers what they wanted but they have really turned things around. Following on from the recently launched tacti-cool Ruger SR-22, the newest in the 10/22 line is the Ruger 10/22 VLEH Target Tactical Carbine. It is essentially a new version of the Ruger 10/22T (Target) styled after the Ruger M77 Hawkeye Tactical, which was also launched this year.

Ruger 10/22 VLEH Target Tactical Rifle

The 10/22 VLEH features a Hogue OverMolded stock, in my opinion the best for the Ruger 10/22. The barrel is 16″ heavy .920″ profile match-grade barrel with target crown. It has the same trigger group as the Ruger 10/22T, which is much superior to the standard factory trigger. To top it all off, a bipod is included.

The VLEH configuration is almost identical to my favorite 10/22 configuration. It makes perfect sense for hunting and general plinking. My only complaint would be the lack of iron sights, although few people will miss them.

Caliber.22 LR
Capacity10 Rounds (with factory magazines)
FinishBlack Matte
StockBlack Hogue OverMolded
Barrel Length16.12″
Twist1:16″ RH
Overall Length34.5″
Weight6.88 lbs
Front / Rear Sight(s)None
Suggested Retail Price$ 555.00

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Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Steve Steve on Apr 10, 2012

    Picked one up in March this year, had one heck of a time locating one. Buds online gunshop was listing them for around 450.00 found one in stock at a local Gander Mtn. for 489.00, same price as other local gun shops but no one else has them in stock. This is my first 10/22 and its a gem, feels great in the hand and shoots beatifully. Mounted a 3-12x40AO Leapers scope on it and at 50 yd=one raged 10 shot hole using cheap Winchester bulk ammo. 100yds. using same ammo = around a 1" - 1.5"
    This is the longest I generally use a 22lr at any time. When I want to stretch things out further I reach for my customized Savage 22mag. According to several sites Ruger is suspending further orders from retailers and distributers on a number of their more popular guns due to such high demand and backlogged orders(they can't keep up with them.)

  • Steve Steve on Apr 10, 2012

    Not so sure about a 22lr for defensive purposes, unless its all you have. But then again I wouldn't want to get hit with 5-10 rapid fire shots from this or any other 22 for that matter. Everyone is right though when they say you can pack a heck of a lot more 22 ammo around than you can 223, and you can probably find 22's anywhere that ammo is sold. Making it easy to find and get hold of in the event of a catastophic meltdown of the country(lol) Just received and installed a Power Custom extended Auto bolt release ( my biggest gripe with 10/22's) works great and took about 7 minutes strat to finish. Trouble is after comparing the new to the original, I could have modified the original in about 10 minutes with a small file or dremel tool to do the same thing! Oh well, at least the new one is an extended model, making it easier to manipulate. Why on earth doesn't Ruger just do this with all 10/22's straight from the factory?