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New to this forum, I just wanted to share pics of a perfectly clean 1981 10/22DSP I picked up last week:







I've been wanting a DSP since my teenage years, but for various reasons I never bought one. I already had a 10/22RB that I received as a Christmas present back in 1985, and it has been fired literally tens of thousands of rounds. I started getting a strong urge to get a DSP as well recently, but to be honest I wasn't too keen on the way they're being put together these days. The issues are all minor, but I simply prefered the components and finish of the older ones. So when this one showed up at a LGS in such great shape I decided to "pull the trigger" before I lost out on it. It barely shows any signs of being fired, and if the previous owner shot it at all it couldn't have been more than a box or two.

BTW here is my current .22 rifle ensemble. A Remington Nylon 66, the "new" Ruger, my old one from '85, and a Marlin 70HC that simply wanted to get in the picture as well. As you can see I'm not much into modifying my guns.

 

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Beautiful find. I don't think you can have too many .22's. They're great for plinking and you can hand one to a friend if you go to the range. Especially those that are timid about shooting. I think it's a beautiful gun. Well done!!!
 

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That's a sweetheart of a 10/22, sure enough. We have a 1985 vintage Deluxe Sporter and darned if I ever get to shoot it ever since it's become my husbands favorite 22 rifle. We never make a trip to the range without it.
 

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Excellent!! That is one nice looking 1981 vintage rifle.
 

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Welcome to the forum and great pictures on your "new" 10/22. I just joined the 10/22 club so to speak and am having fun accessorizing it. Your newly acquired 10/22 looks like it just came out of the box.
 

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Yes it does, although unfortunately the box and manual are long gone. I still have the box to my '85 10/22RB, however. I can't believe I've actually been dragging that box around with me everywhere I've lived for the past 27 years!

The DSP will most likely be a safe queen, but as soon as I get a chance I'll take it out for a comparison shoot with my old RB and see if there are any differences in accuracy or feel. But I mostly want to avoid all the nicks and scratches my RB has picked up over the years. Just in case anyone is wondering it's on its third factory stock!
 

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Yes it does, although unfortunately the box and manual are long gone. I still have the box to my '85 10/22RB, however. I can't believe I've actually been dragging that box around with me everywhere I've lived for the past 27 years!

The DSP will most likely be a safe queen, but as soon as I get a chance I'll take it out for a comparison shoot with my old RB and see if there are any differences in accuracy or feel. But I mostly want to avoid all the nicks and scratches my RB has picked up over the years. Just in case anyone is wondering it's on its third factory stock!
I hear you on all that... :D

When I bought that dsp over 10 years ago it was for family fun on camping trips and because it was constantly jamming plus the mags hard to get out plus the funky bolt release it was such a pita no one wanted to shoot it...I was not into 22s at the time...put in the safe until a few months ago...still have the original box too...funny thing is just like you I felt like I was going all out getting the DSP instead of the Walmart version...bought the gun for wife and kids...paid more for stock because I wanted to finally have a nice looking rifle instead of war surplus and inherited beaters for once...lol...

Now at this time I cannot do a lot of off hand shooting of a rifle due to permanent limitations from injuries...and wanted to get back into it...so out comes the DSP... :D

First thing I realize is the gun is still too heavy even tho lighter than high power...plus I discover that I really need a thumb hole stock with a lot of heel drop to make it all doable...

Got the stock and then an aluminum barrel...now its much better...was going to sell the DSP stock but just couldn't do it... :D

So I channeled it out for the aluminum barrel and will now use from time to time for bench rest shooting...

I actually think it looks more classic with the factory tapered barrel but that is how it goes...

I have been toying with idea of making a Walnut thumbhole stock to fit me from scratch...I know for a fact I can do it and already have lots of American walnut on hand... but it would be very time consuming and I will probably never do it...
 

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BTW...The gun looks really nice without the tip off rail...however the factory leaf sucks IMO...

If you decide to go for a much better but still low profile iron sight set up for it I recommend this one...

Williams WGRS-RU22 Guide Receiver Peep Sight Set Fire Sight Ruger

Something I discovered by accident with that fiber optic front sight is that if you remove the fiber optic bead it looks ten times better and believe it or not the little hole left with the rings that hold it make a really nice front post that you can see the smallest target clearly...
 

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Spare stock

DSK:
If you are looking for a space stock to use when shooting your recent acquisition, I have a black synthetic stock I no longer need since I got a B/C folding stock for my new 10/22.
 

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If you decide to go for a much better but still low profile iron sight set up for it I recommend this one...

Williams WGRS-RU22 Guide Receiver Peep Sight Set Fire Sight Ruger

Something I discovered by accident with that fiber optic front sight is that if you remove the fiber optic bead it looks ten times better and believe it or not the little hole left with the rings that hold it make a really nice front post that you can see the smallest target clearly...
I agree. I put the Williams peep set on one of our 10/22 Carbines and it's a blast to shoot. Haven't tried removing the fiber optic bead. I'll give it a try. Thanks.
 

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DSK:
If you are looking for a space stock to use when shooting your recent acquisition, I have a black synthetic stock I no longer need since I got a B/C folding stock for my new 10/22.
Thanks for the offer, but I already have one of those that I briefly used on my RB. I loved the feel but hated the looks, so eventually off it came. I also used to have one of those wooden pistol-grip stocks with an AK-style underfolder, but at some point in time it simply vanished.
 

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I agree. I put the Williams peep set on one of our 10/22 Carbines and it's a blast to shoot. Haven't tried removing the fiber optic bead. I'll give it a try. Thanks.
The fiber optic front bead is very impressive in its own right...shows up like nothing else... :D

Small targets disappear at longer distances like 50 yards that would otherwise be quite hittable with a good shot...

If you look at it closely you will see the melted the end of the bead to keep it from slipping out...if you take a razor knife and just remove one end flush with the keeper you can always put it back in with a drop of super glue...

Without the bead...it's very small ring at the end of the barrel but you will be surprised just how well you can see the center of what you are aiming at...I actually removed the bead to use on something else...so found this out quite by accident... :D

If you like the Williams peep sight...you might want to check out the fiber optic ghost ring...haven't tried it yet myself but plan to someday...

WGRS

Sorry for hi-jacking...

We should have more pics of DSP rifles... :D
 

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sporter stock

don't you just love the sporter stock? no barrel band, clean checkering, beautiful walnut wood, it makes it into a rifle instead of a carbine. I'm still looking for one
 

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sporter stock

don't you just love the sporter stock? no barrel band, clean checkering, beautiful walnut wood, it turns it into a rifle instead of a carbine. I'm still looking for one
 

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Love the carbine, too, but just that little difference in the Sporter stock makes it feel like a different gun. Comparing our Carbine and Sporter, the Carbine has more of a taper forward of the magazine, whereas the Sporter is fuller and thicker forward of the magazine. No doubt a matter of not needing as much of a taper on the Sporter for a barrel band.
 

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My complaint about the RB (Carbine) is that the wood is so fat and square in the forearm area. The DSP has that nice taper upwards towards the barrel that fits the hand really well. The barrel band I couldn't care less about either, as it's not needed to hold the action in and does little more than affect accuracy and scratch the barrel.
 
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