I bought my first Ruger 10-22 today. I own a couple AR's a SIG 556, an AK, etc, but I have never owned a rifle in .22LR. I never thought I would need one, but now I find myself wanting to do some Appleseed shoots (http://appleseedinfo.org/). They recommend a .22 for the first day of each class, then using your major caliber rifle on the second day of each shoot. I really feel that this should help me improve my rifle skills. Currently, I can hit an 8 inch target at 100 yards with about 99% of my shots. My shots will be all over the plate, though, making an 8 inch group. As distance increases from 100 yards, my accuracy decreases more than I would like. I don't use magnifying scopes and do not shoot past about 200 yards now. My goal is to be able to consistently hit a man sized target at 300 yards with irons only. This rifle is the first step on my mission. I think it's funny that at 25 years old, I finally got a 10-22. Most GT'ers probably had one of these when they were kids and I'm getting around to it after I already have many "fancier" rifles. Better late than never. I'm waiting for my camera batteries to recharge, but I'll post pics when they're ready to go.