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Old 07-16-2013, 10:56 PM
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Default Ruger 10/22 Plinker - Scope or No Scope

Hey guys! So I have a rekindled love for a good ol' classic .22 long rifle spitting Ruger 10/22. I mean, it's probably one of the perfect plinking gun/cartridge out there in terms of price. My intended purpose is just fun shooting, plinking, the occasional squirrel, as accurate as I can get under 100 yards (think tack driving, punching a hole through a penny @25 yards, "bet worthy" shots). The only upgrades I've made so far is the Volquartsen Exact Edge Extractor, and their High Performance Action kit.

Here's my questions (which I've done weeks of research on, and just can't find the answer I'm looking for).

1.)Bull Barrel, with Iron Sights The first upgrade I wanted to do is a nice target bull barrel. Since most bull barrels do not come with a front sight, will I get stuck having to buy a scope? I really enjoy iron sights for ~50yards and closer, and found out that Tech Sights does make an adapter for standard .920 bull barrels as well as some really practical aperture irons.

2.)To scope or not to scope: If I do put a scope on it, do you get that sort of "tunnel vision", by just staring at a magnified image when shooting? With almost no recoil, do you actually see the impact through the glass when firing? I did my research on a good scope, and am eying the Nikon ProStaff Rimfire 3-9x40mm scope. I realize the parallax setting is set at 50 yards, and found out they actually make a 10 yard parallax scope. Or is adjustable objective the way to go? Or is the parallax issue negligible at short ranges?

I go to Raahauge's in Corona once a week on Mondays, any local Calgunners around to show me their 10/22 rigs? (Well, not since they closed the pistol/rifle ranges for renovation)

Please advise.

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:15 PM
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:22 PM
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Want to challenge yourself = no scope.

If you want it easy = scope.

Want to chat with buddies while the gun does all the work for you = scope, custom stock, fixed mount bench assembly, micro-adjust wheels for the bench assembly, recoil pads, clamp downs for the bench assembly, clamp downs for the shooting table, weights for the table feet, folding barricades to block wind at the bench, wind vanes every 25 yards, lights, laser, red-dot, .0001 resolution digital gram scale, lens cleaner, custom barrel, counter-weights, ballistic charts, factory cartridge specs printouts, bullet lube...

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Old 07-16-2013, 11:21 PM
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get the nikon scope that's on sale right now on amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-ProStaff...=I1EFRYR7K93U2
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Scope!
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:23 PM
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Good question. I do miss sights with my 10/22 sometimes. I use a GM .920 with a Nikon 3X9X40. Personally, I'd commit to one or the other, scope actually. I like the AO on my scope, if you need a close shot, or quick adjustment, I love it, specially for rabbits.

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Old 07-17-2013, 6:15 AM
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Before my boating accident I had several 10/22s set out different ways. On one I have the Tech Sight TSR100 and really like it. If you want iron sights that is the way to go IMO.

I also have a 10/22 with a Redfield Revenge scope. This is a nice setup and very economical for the money. Yes you can see the rounds hit while you shoot, at least at 25 yards.

Another consideration is a red dot sight. A red dot sight is a great sighting system if you don't need magnification. It is smaller and lighter than a scope and probably a better sighting system than any iron sight IMO.
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The 10/22 is not generally regarded as being more accurate than a bolt action, so I would scope the 10/22 and have fun plinking with it. If I wanted to get more serious, I'd also get either an Anschutz or CZ bolt action with target sights.

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+1 on the Nikon scope

But why not just get two :-)
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Depends on how old and how good your eye's are mine are scoped!
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One thing to consider is a steel bull barrel will add quite a bit of weight to the gun. If you a shooting off hand (standing) this might be an issue. If you can find some one with heavy barrel, might want to at least hold it and see in this will be an issue for you. I added a bull, mostly shoot from the bench. But, holding off hand, there is a lot of weight forward and really effects the ballance of the gun.
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I built a heavy barrel trainer with Nodak Sights and a TRS-25 dot. The dot will co-witness with the sights, so you can run it dot on or off, as you wish. It's a bit heavy, but very steady off hand, especially if you use the reversed forearm hold where you put your elbow on your stomach and reverse your hand to cradle the forearm. A couple pics.
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get the nikon scope that's on sale right now on amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-ProStaff...=I1EFRYR7K93U2
This is a good choice for a hunting/plinking 22, as long as you don't have the takedown rifle (due to size). It's a big scope but it works well.
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Scope for the 10/22. Iron sights for something classic like a Henry Lever Action or old Remington pump.
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Get some nice iron sights...
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+1 on the Nikon scope

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My scoped .22 is a bolt action and my 10/22 wears tech sights. I prefer plinking with irons. It's just more fun for some reason.

Oh, and you can certainly watch the impacts of your shots with a scope.
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Keep the stock barrel. It's plenty accurate. Get tech sights and the hogue overmolded stock. Save your money for ammo.

25yds, stock barrel, stock trigger, tech sights, remmy GB's (plain bulk ammo. Not match), soft front rest.
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I agree with irons
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If you suck with irons you will suck with optics. The difference is the aimpoint will allow you to suck faster and a scope will give you a closer look at how much you suck.
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Scope made it too easy for me, that I eventually removed it. Plus the furthest I shot with it most of the time would be 200 yards at most.

I would say stick with irons, or throw on a red dot for fun. The red dot is still good past 100 yards.
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Irons until you can shoot 2moa or better. Then, just get a second 10-22 to put optics on. 10-22s are sort of like potato chips, you can't have just one.
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Thanks for all the great feedback guys! Calgun members at their finest. Each post made me more and more anxious to go out and buy my Ruger new sights/optics! But I think I'm gonna go with CSACANNONEER's suggestion and just buy another 10/22!!! Fit one with irons, and another with a decent scope. Now, if I can only find a new Ruger here in Socal...
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Scope. But like LightsOut! said, it gets really easy that way. You can always take it off later for more of a challenge. With that said, it is very fun being able to make super tiny groups at 50 yards and up.
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Thanks for all the great feedback guys! Calgun members at their finest. Each post made me more and more anxious to go out and buy my Ruger new sights/optics! But I think I'm gonna go with CSACANNONEER's suggestion and just buy another 10/22!!! Fit one with irons, and another with a decent scope. Now, if I can only find a new Ruger here in Socal...
I'd pay more for an older 10-22 than a brand new one. Try finding one from the 80's. The fit, finish and quality of materials is better than today's production.
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