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Old October 30th, 2017, 12:48 AM #1
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EXTREME Budget 10/22

10/22 BUILD

A small in progress project to share, definitely a budget build.

This one is a rental gun I picked up locally. It had a very good trigger, great bore, one stripped scope mount screw hole, the bolt hold open neither engaged nor disengaged normally, paint chipped/scratched receiver and a ratty beat up stock. I originally put the barreled action in a synthetic stock after correcting the bolt hold open/release. It shot very well, much better than my first 4 10/22's. I shot it a good bit. It is very reliable. The front sight was not the correct sight and it shot very high.

I happened upon a lightly used takeoff Ruger 16" hammer forged barrel. I held onto the barrel for a month or two while I pondered a project, then got busy. I channeled out original wooden stock. I just dropped the barred action in the stock, installed a Bushnell 25mm mini red dot and went shooting. Initial test firing revealed two things - lots of accuracy and an action which loosened quickly in the stock.

Back to removing the action from the stock. I bedded the receiver. Afterward, I put an approximate 4 pounds of pull up on the barrel using a scale (pulling up away from stock) and determined how much card stock would just fit between the barrel and front of the stock. I removed the action, cut a relief at the front of the stock's barrel channel for bedding compound (epoxy). I taped the barrel, positioned card stock, mixed epoxy, applied the epoxy at the relief and installed the action. I trimmed the epoxy around the relief cut to provide uniform pressure on the barrel.

I shot it a few times using a Bushnell 25mm mini red red dot. It promised and delivered very good accuracy to 100 yards but the precision was limited by the red dot. So I have a budget CP 2x7 scope bought just to access accuracy of my take down Ruger. I removed the red dot and installed the scope today. I sat down, tested for accuracy using only a front bag. I did determine a couple things.
1. Using the scope I actually need a recoil pad on the stock in any position except standing. I had to actually place my support hand around the back of the stock to keep decent eye space behind the scope.
2. It would throw the first two shots out of a group. I loosened then resnugged the action screw not quite so snug. The fliers went away. I'll do a break away torque measurement to determine its value. (edit: it is 15 inch-pounds)
3. It likes CCI Mini Mags and Federal 711B Target. It shoots Fed Auto Match almost as well. It doesn't do as well with Nosler TAC-22.

The shot groups pictured are are at a range of 25 yards and representative after action screw retorque. Proper bag resting would produce more uniform groups. The rifle is still in a rough but fun state. I have to check and correct the barrel pressure pad for contact, as well as strip, recondition and refinish the stock. Also on the agenda is rethreading the receiver scope hole and maybe paint the receiver. A slip on recoil pad will help me determine action on that subject.
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Old October 30th, 2017, 09:13 AM #2
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Great job.

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This is inspiring. I have a 3D-printed Ruger 10/22 receiver that I want to build out as a project.
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Thank you for the kind words. It was fun doing it but the barrel channel was a good bit of work. It has great balance with Bushnell 25mm dot on it.
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Thank you for the kind words. It is still in the works!
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Actually, yes. I just finished giving the stock a quick refinish...mostly to keep it stable (uneffected by weather). I ironed out and filled the dings and gouges as much as was practical. I left the forward relieved section as is since it is like a “memory groove”. Where I used filler is quite apparent but hey, it is a budget job. I am more interested in the go over the show. LOL! I slipped on a size small Limbsaver recoil pad to increase the length of pull, the carbine fits better that way. However, the small Limbsaver is slightly too big for the stock. Right now the sling swivel stud is keeping it stable. So I have been looking for a suitable butt pad both for the increased length of pull and friction against the shoulder. I am presently in the process of finding suitable materials to laminate and shape into that buttpad or just fit a commercial one.
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