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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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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.
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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