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    New Rifle Familiarisation

    Three days ago i picked up a new (to me) rifle of a fellow forum member. Its a ruger 10/22. Now ive owned a marlin semi auto for 25 years until our leader wanted it back and im pretty familiar with the rossi semi autos. So i thought these Rugers will be a piece of piss. So i get home on Tuesday night and put three rounds down it. Subsonics to check the noise levels. Its very quiet , and its really beautiful rifle and in good nick.
    So i take the mag out, lock the bolt back and put it away.
    So tonight just before the Warriors kick off i go out on the deck and shine the spotlight about and heres my nemesis, cunty boar hog and his mate wrecking shit out of the lawn 40 feet away. I could have thrown a potato at him.
    So i rush out to get the rifle, quickly load a 10 round box mag, that took ages but i knew cunty boar hog will stick around. i grab my young fella to spot for me . We go out on the deck and i give the spotlight a quick flick to show my boy where the hogs are. They are still there rooting up the place . I stick the mag in and we sneak down to the fence , my boy knows to wait until im ready before he turns the light on. So here i am trying to work this bolt release catch on this new rifle and for the life of me i couldnt do it. Im swearing in my head as its raining and we are standing out here in bare feet getting wet. After what seems like a few minutes
    i had to go inside and youtube how to release the bolt catch on a 10/22!. Im yelling at the video - hurry up you bastard , get on with it... Its a bit of an asshole technique compared to marlins and rossi. Five minutes later ,warriors had let a try in as we sneak out to crack some swine.......and they have gone .......and in all the excitement the cat had pulled my chicken off my plate onto floor too .

    So i guess my point is, it helps to know your rifle inside and out, be able to work and clear it in the dark and just basic familiarisation.

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    Yea a weird setup but you get used to it , you can get auto bolt releases from reloaders or like me put up with it as they don,t have auto bolt hold backs . Just a 10/22 thing after 40yrs using I still cant describe it I just do it braindead

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    Quote Originally Posted by m101a1 View Post
    Yea a weird setup but you get used to it , you can get auto bolt releases from reloaders or like me put up with it as they don,t have auto bolt hold backs . Just a 10/22 thing after 40yrs using I still cant describe it I just do it braindead
    yeah ill get use to it. I'll practise with it tommorow so its muscle memory.

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    Take it out and modify it so you only have to pull the bolt back.
    I never had an issue with it but made it a little easier
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    yup. Mod take about 5min with a file.
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    Here you go, worked for me.
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    10/22 rule one: only lock the bolt back if cleaning! We all know the old open bolt or action 'rule' but rugers just don't work that way without the aftermarket bolt release. It's quite simple to quitly open the action and slowly close it, rugers feed very reliably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Henry View Post
    Here you go, worked for me.
    I'd have to look again. I file out the protrusion in the hole, wonder what squaring off the bit on the outside achieves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walker View Post
    10/22 rule one: only lock the bolt back if cleaning! We all know the old open bolt or action 'rule' but rugers just don't work that way without the aftermarket bolt release. It's quite simple to quitly open the action and slowly close it, rugers feed very reliably.
    I disagree with everything you just said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mimms2 View Post
    I disagree with everything you just said.
    Why? I agree with Walker, I've owned the same 10/22 for over 35 years and used the bolt hold open maybe a dozen times.

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    Update. The hogs came back about 11.30 pm. I spotted and shot one myself, Rested the gun and torch on that fence top in the pic and squezzed off. I wanted to double tripple tap but it was a bit awkward holding the torch and aiming at the same time. I heard a solid thump around its neck /ear area. It ran off squealing one way and the mob ran off the other direction. Hopefully its toes up and dead somewhere . it was a bit awkward, might need to invest in a rail mounted led light system.
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    Yeah i will file down that bolt catch thing. Saw a vid on how to do it. It looks pretty easy to do.

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    Yeah I found that fiddly when I got my first 10/22. Once you’ve got it figured it quickly just becomes second nature. Although I never had to figure it out while a pig was in the process of tearing up my garden. Was certainly tempted to use it on the neighbours rooster though.
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    I would go back to the Marlin , were it I.
    Cats have nine lives-which makes them ideal for experimentation...

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    22LR on pigs? Probably just bounced off the skull and gave it a headache. If you are having to do a lot of pig control, a cheap .308 with subsonic reloads would be a LOT more reliable in my opinion.

    Not to say that .22LR can't kill pigs, seen a huge number dropped doing farm kill. All shots into the brain between the eyes... Also seen several fail to penetrate the skull and just knock the animal out for 30s or so, so as far as free ranging animals that aren't secured into a pen, longer than point blank range and feral at that - asking a bit I feel.
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