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I am looking for a 10/22 to practice shooting groups at 50, and 100 yards with. One of the reasons that I am looking at this rifle is because of the accuracy and ease of customizing.

So, my question is, since I really want to do a fair amount of target shooting before I customize, which model should I start with?

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Welcome to the forum. I would get a plain Jane 10/22 and use the money you save to buy the accessories you will want. I got a 10/22 at Walmart and have been very happy with it.
 

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Another vote for the basic 10/22 Carbine. It's cheap & endlessly customizable. Unless you've "test driven" a different model & found it perfectly to your liking right out of the box, you can't go wrong w/ the base model.
 

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It depends on your personal accuracy standards. Sure, you could build something that will outshoot the target model as far as group size, but it will cost you. Just getting the base model up to the target model as far as features - heavy barrel, stock and so on - is no small expense. How much do you want to spend?
 

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The ol standard carbine will dust off white flyer clay pigeons at 100 yards all day long with a good scope and rings. It's a really good gun out of the box and much better than most people give it credit for.

The major mechanical differences are some models like the target and target tactical have a bull barrel and a target trigger standard. These models also don't have iron sites.

Other models have different stocks with the basic action and barrel, or a variant made of stainless.

You can't go wrong with the carbine however if you know you want a bull barrel or synthetic stock, I would recommend buying a 10/22 that already has these features. No sense adding a hogue overmolded stock to your carbine when Ruger already offers one of these models.
 

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I am in process of buying as well

so I have done a lot of research already. The best price I have found new is Walmart, $247 for an all weather, synthetic stock and stainless barrel. The receiver on this is black, where as Dick's Sporting Goods is $12 more and the receiver is silver in this same version. So I also know that there are the base models around that are all black with a walnut stock, unsure of price.
 

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The basic plain jane model is the carbine. It has the blued barrel with a wood stock and barrel band. I got mine for about $230 new. This is considered the base model.
 

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I struggled with the same question for a while. I'm sure the stock carbine is a great shooter but I didn't care for the looks. I WANTED a bull barreled 10/22!

I debated about buying one already equipped and lusted after the target model with its hammer-forged barrel. Definite guy jewelry. I was reserved to getting the model between the carbine and the target. Then I'd swap out the stock and trigger group-- eventually.

then I found a target model for what the bull barreled version was going for. Sure, it's used, but it would have been after my first trip to the range anyway. A bipod and good scope later, I've got a great shooter for what the target model goes for new. I'll eventually do a little bit of work on the factory stock, but I'm content with it for now. Keep your eyes peeled, good deals are out there and, buy as close to what you want as possible.

 

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Welcome to the forum. I would get a plain Jane 10/22 and use the money you save to buy the accessories you will want. I got a 10/22 at Walmart and have been very happy with it.
I thought about that, but am wondering if the quality of a RUger purchased at WalMart is any different than one bought at a gun shop?
 

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It depends on your personal accuracy standards. Sure, you could build something that will outshoot the target model as far as group size, but it will cost you. Just getting the base model up to the target model as far as features - heavy barrel, stock and so on - is no small expense. How much do you want to spend?
So, do you think that the best value in getting a target rifle that can compete, would be the Target. I hear that it comes with a heavier bull barrel?
 

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I thought about that, but am wondering if the quality of a RUger purchased at WalMart is any different than one bought at a gun shop?
A huge part of Ruger's reputation has been built on the 10/22. I'm pretty sure they would not risk squandering that by building a cheaper version for Walmart.

As for the model you start with, I vote for a plain jane. It is already more accurate than any of us are. Take a few minutes and watch a bit of Hickok45's 10/22 videos on YouTube and you will see how accurate a stock 10/22 is.
 

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A stock 10/22 is a stock 10/22. Unless the gun shop did work to it of course. I would look around at pawn shops first before buying a new one. If you can find one in good shape you can save between $50 and $100 depending on condition. Most of the time they just need a good cleaning and some fluff and buff to look new again. From there, the money you saved you and invest in a trigger, barrel, etc....
 

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So, do you think that the best value in getting a target rifle that can compete, would be the Target. I hear that it comes with a heavier bull barrel?
I'm sure that the T model would be competitive, right out of the box, for most shooters. Of course, depends on what the competition is using, too. :) Only issue I've heard on the 10/22T is finding one. They can be scarce.
 

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I'm sure that the T model would be competitive, right out of the box, for most shooters. Of course, depends on what the competition is suing, too. :) Only issue I've heard on the 10/22T is finding one. They can be scarce.
I think that I will try to find a target model somewhere and go with that.

Does nyone know what a good price for the target version would be?
 

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I started with the All-Weather which costed me $320 (ripped off by Big 5) can find for $275. I spent about $420 upgrading
 

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See my photos of these 4 Ruger 10-22's on the thread about International 10-22s

I got my Ruger Target in a trade for a bare-bones Benelli Nova slug gun. The 10-22 came with $100 cash attached. That was a a break even deal, but I have several slug-guns already. So I am happy.

The International was $260 at an auction with $60 for the scope, making it a $320 total.

The exotic was a plain-jane carbine $130 at the same auction, plus $116 for the Exotic Yukon stock, and a $60 scope. for a total of just over $300.

The stealth was another swap for a used Escort 12 ga that cost me $200 at an auction. It remains as I got it, so it is a $200 gun.
 
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