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10/22 or MP15/22

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by HOTHEAD, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. HOTHEAD

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    About a year ago I was given an early 1970's what I think is walnut ruger 10/22. This thing is in perfect condition,with a weaver scope on top. The back story is it belonged to my FIL's FIL. He was recently placed into a home, and when my FIL was cleaning out the house, he found it in the top of a closet with all the paperwork and bill of sale in a nice case. The thing is super SUPER clean.

    To keep this short, my son is turning 13 in about a month and the other day I happened to glance at it in the safe and got the idea to clean it up and give it to him for his birthday. As I started thinking about it, I wondered if I was going to give him a .22 should I just trade it in to the LGS and throw down a few hundred and pick him up one of those 15/22 S&w's.

    Anyone shoot both?

    HOTHEAD
     
  2. DylanPowell

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    I say 10/22. Is this his first gun? The 10/22 will be a better choice all around. It can be as fun as the other with the rapid fire, but would also be better for hunting, customizing, and target shooting.
     


  3. maxpower220

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    If you check the rimfire forums, you will find the 10/22 is the most highly recommended rimfire out there. Tons of aftermarket parts and in depth knowledge of home grown gunsmithing. Check Rimfirecentral.com.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with the Smith, but the 10/22 is free, it has a family history, and it is a known good shooter. Can't think of a reason to get rid of it. Also, give the 10/22, if he takes to shooting, then you can purchase something else later.
     
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  4. NeverMore1701

    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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    As fun and cool as the MP15-22 might be, I'd rather have the older 10/22.
     
  5. I have both, and they are each fun in their own ways.

    I wouldn't trade the 10/22. If you think he'd have more fun with an AR-style rifle, you can simply replace the stock on the 10/22 with several after-market kits that will give it the AR look and feel.

    These are all 10/22s, just wrapped in different "stocks":

    Butler Creek
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    Krinker Plinker
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    Nordic Kit
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    Tapco Fusion
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    Tommy Gun
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  6. Alcoy

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    keep the 10-22. they are more fun to shoot for me.
     
  7. HOTHEAD

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    Yes, but we live in a very suburban area. He wont be able to shoot it all that much. I have to drive him an hour each way to the family farm just so he can shoot. Our local range ( that cost me $400 to join, & 175 a year) will not let him shoot anything other than an air rifle before 16yo:steamed:. So he will be lucky to shoot it probably once a month.
     
  8. HOTHEAD

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    That looks slick. Another thing I wanted to ask is...
    Did they make larger capacity mags for 10/22's pre 94? We live in NY.
     
  9. Keep the 10/22 in the safe. if it is from that year, they are worh good money and its value is only going up (steel receiver I believe?). Get your son a savage model 64F. they are cheap and very, very accurate. More accurate than the 10/22.
     
  10. irishbum

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    NEVER sell that 10/22 thing is a classic.

    I'm sure at 13 he would rather have the 15-22 but does it fits his frame? You can't have adjustable stocks in NY right? Sucks but what are you gonna do.

    If he can't shoot that much anyway , I would shy away from the 15-22 for a while. Get him shooting the 10/22 see how it goes ,then look to the 15-22 down the road. Also a nice bolt gun would be good teach him to make each round count. 10 rnd mags will slow him down too. Teach him slow is smooth and smooth is fast. He starts grouping all 10 on top of each other, well then look at hi-caps (pre94) and let him go bat crap cazy.
     
  11. JaPes

    JaPes Rimfire 1010101

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    Keep the 10/22. It has family history that is irreplaceable.


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  12. ronin.45

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    Yup..
     
  13. USDefender

    USDefender Lay Them Waste!

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    +1

    While I love the Remmy 597 I bought a few years back, I really wish I'd bought a 10/22, if only for all the after-market stuff that's available for it.
     
  14. never enough

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    I agree with this guy. The gun has family history and you are passing it down to your son who might pass it down to his
     
  15. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

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    Keep the 10/22, everyone should have one. Then buy the M&P.

    I have both guns and if I had to only keep one it would be the M&P.
     
  16. Vanilla-gorilla

    Vanilla-gorilla Registered Noob

    +1 aswell. :supergrin:
     
  17. Armson-OEG

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    Ditched my 10/22 i had for 25 yrs. Just never ran near perfect, 1-5. malfunctions per mag.The M&P15-22 This thing runs, 700 + rds so far not one malfunction..Even the weak loads(you can hear the low pop) M&P just eats them up.
     
  18. WarEagle32

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    A lot of love as it should be for the 10/22!!