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Thread: 10/22 accuracy

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    10/22 accuracy

    I know there are a lot out there who hate the 10/22 and there is the other camp that find them pretty good, i am in that camp. i know they aren't target rifle accurate but for the intended purpose as a small game, pest control type rifle they are hard to beat.
    The issues some have with accuracy I think comes from trying to compare them with the likes of a bolt action Bruno or some other accurate 22.
    I took my old workhorse out today and put a packet of ammo through it and tried a few groups for accuracy at 50 yards. My rifle is the older model and has had a lot of rounds through it as it was one of the main rifles I used for night shooting back in the pest board days.

    I checked the sights at 50 yards and adjusted them up about an inch so it was zeroed, then shot a few groups. I managed a 3 shot 15 mm group and a 29 mm 10 shot group ( pictured) and a 34 mm 11 shot group. All in all I was pretty happy with the way it's shooting.
    I haven't used the 22 much since I left the Pest Control business so my practice time has been limited a bit.

    I used Winchester 40 gr Subsonic rounds which function perfectly in my rifle even when some went off with less omff than others which could possibly lead to wider groups. I may try and find some CCI Subs and see if they are any better, a lot of guys on here use them and like them.
    I certainly wouldn't like to be a possum or rabbit out to 50 yards and beyond as my 10/22 is more than capable of ending there days.

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    My dads got a 1960s built one complete with barrel band, last time I played with it sub 20mm 10 shot groups were pretty easy with an old 4x scope and win supersonic hollow points. It out shot my jw15. I want to try it again with cci subs and a better scope off a rest
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    Mine has the barrel band as well, everything is stock standard it has a 2x7x Bushnell on it. The groups I fired were of the wing mirror of the truck so nothing fancy, might try it of the rifle rest one day to see if it's any better.

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    Ive just bought an old sportco and mossberg semis at least 30-40 years old that shoot 30mm groups easy as well

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    I have one of the heavy barrel 10/22 jobbies - a later one with a hammer forged barrel. It sits in a pillar bedded Magpul x22 stock and I've run a lot of different sorts of target ammo through it (unfortunately no Lapua, don't have any and its unobtainium these days). Its not real ammo sensitive (a very good thing in a 22) and shoots consistently under 0.6" at 50Y, and 42mm at 100M with Eley Club. With Geco "Semi Auto" the groups are the merest tad wider. While I was working this example up I borrowed two other standard weight 10/22's and both finished up shooting very nicely too.

    I have a pretty good Annie 1415/16 and the HB Ruger's average would be within 1/10" at 50Y.

    Ain't no flies on a Ruger 10/22, and you don't have to throw vast $$ at them like most people do to get a good shooter as long as you're prepared to work though any particular example's quirks.
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    I have one of the Ruger 10/22 Competition rifles. Out of the box itís crazy accurate even with bulk ammo.
    Have owned multiple 10/22 for the last 30 plus years, they usually do well for what they are.
    Very impressed with my latest version.


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    Quote Originally Posted by northdude View Post
    Ive just bought an old sportco and mossberg semis at least 30-40 years old that shoot 30mm groups easy as well
    One of my first 22's was a Sportco semi, can't recall how accurate it shot , back then as long as it was hitting possums , rabbits and goats she was good. It was a reliable rifle and did shoot pretty well from memory.
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    Use mine everyday, it's a work horse for sure. Can headshot rabbits at 50 all it's designed for isn't interested?
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    If it has a standard trigger, lighten it up and you will possibly do even better.
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    GUN CONTROL IS A TIGHT 5-SHOT GROUP.

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    I have one of the new ones with a Houge stock and no barrel band, very accurate and reliable.
    Cycles subs flawlessly , does a lot of work between cleans .
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