Available for over 45 years, the Ruger 10/22 is one of my all time favorite rifles. Chambered in 22 Long Rifle or 22LR, this is a rifle you can shoot all day without breaking the bank, and I do. It is a semi-automatic rifle and comes from Ruger with a 10 round magazine. Easy to operate, whole generations of kids have grown up learning to shoot with these rifles. For many of my friends, their choice for squirrel hunting is the 10/22.
In the past, Ruger has offered a magnum version of the 10/22 that was chambered in 22WMR, and a 10/17 chambered for the 17HMR , but these are no longer available. According to Ruger, there are currently 5 variations of the 10/22 available, they are the 10/22 Target, 10/22 Sporter, 10/22 Tactical, 10/22 Compact, and 10/22 Carbine. Many of these models also have different options such as stocks and finishes available. To check out Ruger’s latest offerings, visit their website. www.ruger.com.
I currently have 2 10/22 Carbines. One is completely stock, and the only thing I added on the other is a scope. They are both great shooters. I shoot a lot of steel targets and it is common to go through 500 rounds or more of 22LR in an afternoon. Try doing that with your AR or 30-06!
Another great thing about the 10/22 is the availability of aftermarket items. You can change the stock, barrel, sights, add a scope, change the trigger, high capacity magazines…whatever.
Here at SheepDog Theory, we are all about getting trigger time. And there is no better way to do that than to go out to the range with a 10/22 and a brick of ammo. As much as I like my 10/22s, I think it is time for some upgrades. Stay tuned for future blogs about shooting and customizing the Ruger 10/22.