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22 inch barrel in Ruger 10/22 opinions

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by WarEagle32, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. WarEagle32

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    I have found a like new ruger 10/22 special edition that has a wood stock and a factory 22 inch stainless barrel for 200 bucks. The 22 inch limited goes for about 300 new. I'm not worried about the price. I don't have a 10/22 at the moment and the only one I ever had, had a standard 16.1 inch barrel. I have read positives and negatives to having the longer 22 inch barrel, but don't know a lot about 10/22's. I am going to be using the gun for standard 22 stuff such as hunting and plinking. I will add a scope to the rifle. Should I buy this 22 inch barreled gun, or go buy a standard 16.1 inch barreled rifle for virtually the same money. Basically, money is not a factor at all in the decision, I just want the better gun. Thoughts and opinions please!
     
  2. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    Total stainless or just the Barrel? Buy it,you can stabilize some really hot CCIs ect outta it.A rimfire with that type bbl is a peach.JMHO.'08. :drool:
     


  3. ratf51

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    If you plan on shooting with iron sights the 22" would be the better choice-- longer sight radius. If you can pick up a gun for 2/3's of its normal going price and you want it, then we have here what we call "a deal". Besides, you can find the shorter barreled 10/22s with no effort. Go for the 22"!
     
  4. WarEagle32

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    Anyone have a 22 inch barrel 10/22 or 1st hand experience with one?
     
  5. I have two of the older Wal-Mart specials. They are nice for shooting from a bench or in an open field, not so nice in the thick woods. The Wal-Mart guns were the only ones at that time to have the receiver marked "10/22 Rifle" instead of "10/22 Carbine".

    Of course they can be changed just like any other 10/22 should you find the 22" barrel not to your liking.

    Mine:

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  6. WarEagle32

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    If you were me and were going to own 1 22 rifle for an all purpose 22 would you buy a standard length barrel or one of the 22's? I will be shooting of a bench just as much as in the woods.
     
  7. ratf51

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    If you're going to put a scope on it, just get the standard barrel. If you plan on iron sights, get the 22". I don't think the length of the longer barrel will be that much of a hinderance in the woods. I spent most of my teenage years toting a Remington 552 (a looong .22) in the woods, I don't recall its' length being a problem.

    But that 22" sure is a purty gun...
     
  8. maxpower220

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    check over at rimfirecentral.com under the barrel section of the forum. You will find that there is no advantage for .22lr in going over 18". The "experts" are there for your questions.
     
  9. cessnastud

    cessnastud Rawr!!!

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    I have both carbine and rifle barrel lengths. No real difference in accuracy as far as I can tell. Both wear Tech-Sights and have made many a Rifleman at Appleseed shoots. I like it because it's closer to a full size rifle (M1A), albeit without the cost, weight, and recoil.
     
  10. ratf51

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    Agreed. Good site for that type of info.
     
  11. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Exactly,.....over 18" just creates drag upon the projectile.
     
  12. nipperwolf

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    If you're not going to buy it, tell me where I can. ;)
     
  13. I own two of these rifles. One wears tech sights the other is unchanged. The advantages of the longer barrel is longer sight radius, much quieter to shoot due to longer barrel and it feels more like shooting a real rifle, fits me better. They also also are set up for a sling.
     
  14. I like the "Wally World Special" with the 22" barrel. I don't know if it shoots any better than the standard, but it looks like a million bucks. It was the gun that got me to want a 10/22 in the first place. Now I've got four of them. :D

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  15. That is a beautiful photograph CajunBass, Ruger could use that as a promotion photo.
     
  16. If I could only have one, it would be the carbine length. Most of mine are and I really prefer them.

    This is my favorite:

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  17. ronin.45

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    $200 is a fair price on a 10/22 especially stainless. The extra barrel length doesn't matter much for general plinking.
     
  18. I don't think Ruger puts out anything but aluminum receivers.
     
  19. That's correct. All RUGER 10/22 receivers are aluminum except the ones for the now discontinued 10/22, 22 Magnum.
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2012