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Everyone seems to have at least one of these. For some reason, I have never owned one, in spite of having a number of other Ruger firearms. I don't have a good .22 semi-auto rifle right now. What makes the 10/22 so popular? Is the Wally World Special a good place to start?
 

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The 10/22 is the best auto loading .22 rifle in my never so humble opinion. I think one of the things that makes it so popular is the rotary box magazine that does not ruin the lines of the gun like a clip or tube magazine would. It is also short and handy. Nowadays everyone likes to trick them out with all the aftermarket stuff, but mine is as I bought it with the exception of a trigger job and I bought one of those rubber butt pads to lengthen the stock. It is a great squirel gun. It is a very reliable gun, and plenty accurate out of the box. Mine came from Wally World years ago, and I have no complaints (after I improved the trigger pull anyway).
 

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I love the sound of the bolt shucking when it shoots-my favorite .22 rifle-light to carry-just plain fun...but very accurate-some big-city police depts. used them for sniper rifles in places a heavy caliber wouldn't be safe....you oughta have one.
 

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Rman, I refered to the "Wally World Special" in another post on this forum and I was particularly refering to the WalMart exclusive, stainless, long barrel that I don't think is available anywhere elese. I have 2 10/22s and I would reccomend them to anyone as a first .22.
 

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Absolutely the best .22 rifle I have ever owned. Bought it in 1972 from a Sears display and the only thing it has needed is cleaning.
 

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The Wally special is an excellent 10/22 to start with.
No barrel band, checkered sporter stock with rubber buttpad (not plastic cap), and longer 'adult' length barrel.

I had one, and it was a very nice gun. I traded it towards a Target Grey laminated 77/22 bolt action that I found a good deal on, and couldn't justify having 3 .22 rifles (my other is a TALO Ruger Race Rifle 10/22).

The only other 10/22 I've seen that really made me say 'wow', was a stainless/laminated 10/22T, that I handled in Gander Mountain. The photos I've seen online do no justice to that gun.
Those are SHARP! Gotta love those twisted Ruger hammer forged target model barrels!

10/22's are tons of fun, and putting 5 or 10 rounds thru a single 1/4" to 1/2" hole is rewarding, cheap fun!
 

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No gun collection is complete without a 10/22. These are very fun to shoot and even more fun to modify. With exception of 1911 pistoils, no other gun in history has the aftermarket support like a 10/22.

I have a 1975 vintage 10/22 that has a walnut stock and metal buttplate. It is box stock. My newer 10/22 has been heavily modified with a folding stock, scope, sling, laser, extended mag release, and trigger work.

Out-of-the-box accuracy isn't anything to compare with a cheap bolt gun. If you get 2.5" groups at 50 yards, you're lucky. Of course that can be improved to "one hole" accuracy by installing a target grade bull barrel. Then you need a custom thumb-through-hole stock, a couple Butler creek 25 round magazines, a VQ trigger kit, and the list goes on and on.

10/22s are very simple to disassemble/reassemble. Even the barrel can be changed in less than 5 minutes.

rman, You need one of these real bad.
 

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I think you're right Iowegan. I know a lot of people and it seems like everyone has a 10/22...even if it's the only gun they own. The other one I see a lot is the Marlin...think it's a model 60 or something. That wouldn't be a hard choice for me...love my Rugers.:D
 

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I've owned a good many Marlin mod 60's too. They are typically way more accurate than 10/22s but just don't have the "fun factor". Also, Marlins tend to jam a lot and just don't have the aftermarket support of a Ruger 10/22.

If you want a "fun gun", go with the 10/22. If you want precision accuracy at a modest price, take a look at CZ bolt action rifles. The Ruger 77/22s are wonderful guns but the price tag is a bit steep for a 22.
 

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IMHO the 10/22 is probably the best semi-auto on the market. It's been around a long time, is a proven design, and like most things Ruger, takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. I have several and when I just want to shoot, I usually take one out with a brick of ammo. Most have been accurate enough out of the box, it's just finding the brand of 22 ammo that each likes. There are two or three things that can be done cheaply to improve the accuracy and longiviety, and there are seemingly endless mods that can be done to make it personalized. A 10/22 was the second Ruger I bought.
Here's my WW Special
 

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Pretty much reliable and the size is great plus the rotary magazine is the best I have ever seen.
 

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My sons are now 36 and 34. Before I acquired a FFL, For their 8th birthday, I bought each of my sons a 10-22 with a walnut stock at our K-Mart. They still have them. The 10-22, in my opinion, is THE BEST semi-auto .22LR in the business. They work and work and work. You can dress them out if you want to, any way you wish. Folding stocks, banana clips (although I prefer the factory magazines), they came with bases (how many companies throw a base in), easy takedown, etc. Lot of aftermarket goodies to put bull barrels on them too. Great little rifle!
 
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