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What a great quote! I've never read that before, but -- as usual -- he's right. What a great man Jeff Cooper was.
 

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I am glad you got everything straightened out and got your rifle.
The shorter LOP is better than a too long LOP and as you stated extra clothing will take up some length.
Good times and good shooting!
 

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Dwarren, thanks for the well wishes. I agree about a short LOP being better than too long. The short didn't work for me at 5'9", even with winter clothing, which is why I put the standard OEM stock on it. Even with winter padding, it just feels better.
 

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A 10/22 rifle in .22 LR

One more. I hope this is ok :eek:

I wanted this rifle when I was, what ?, 15?

I didn't get it then. But I've got it now at 69.

It's got a sling on it. Pics? I'll get back to you.

 

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Question

What if someone -- man or woman --
approached you on New Years Eve and asked --

"What's the best .22 rifle?"

What would you say?
 

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congrats on "getting" the 10/22 ... you say compact? Not sure i've seen a compact 10/22, will need to surf for some 411 on this model ...

I was in Maine once, beautiful state ... however the one bumper sticker i seenmore than once was this and I quote ...

"OK, you've seen it now get the hell out" ... made me laugh the first time i saw it ...
 

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What if someone -- man or woman --
approached you on New Years Eve and asked --

"What's the best .22 rifle?"

What would you say?
I still have a toss up between the 10/22 and the Marlin 60 for semi's. Bolt actions .22's are another story, they're are so many good ones you can't choose.

The Marlin has less available aftermarket parts, but has a microgrooved barrel, and greater capacity, has the magazine always with it, but they're a little finicky as well. Harder to takedown and clean well, and need tuning to run perfect. If you re-assemble it with the hammer forward or don't slide the bolt back, you will bend the extractor which is a spring steel wire basically, and it won't run. The factory bolt/charging handles need to be polished, and keep grit and powder out of the chamber.

The more I get into 10/22's and mods, the more I like them. They seem to be a little more picky on ammo depending on which magazine I choose. Takedown is easier, cleaning is easier, and in general I think more user friendly except no last shot hold open and the bolt lock can take a while to get used to.
 
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Thanks all for interesting responses to my question from a few nights ago. (By the way, I agree about bolt actions being another whole question. I thought about writing "semi-auto rifle" but decided to leave it broader, see where the chips fall. Of course, in a thread about 10/22, so I expected a wee bit of bias. :rolleyes:

congrats on "getting" the 10/22 ... you say compact? Not sure i've seen a compact 10/22, will need to surf for some 411 on this model ...

I was in Maine once, beautiful state ... however the one bumper sticker i seenmore than once was this and I quote ...

"OK, you've seen it now get the hell out" ... made me laugh the first time i saw it ...
Ha! Love it. Haven't seen that one, but will look for it.

I've only lived in Maine for ten years. Arrived in summer, 2010 from the balmy west coast, which I was tired of, socially, and had fallen in love with a woman who lived here. That lasted about ten minutes after my arrival, but by then I had already fallen in love with Maine, even after seeing only a tiny part of it down south near Portland. I now live MUCH further north (in my opinion, everything south of Augusta, the capitol, is really more Massachusetts than Maine), and hope soon to move as far east as I can go in the US, up near Bay of Fundy. Maine is home to me now, even though I will forever be known as from "away". Only those who were born in Maine are "Mainers".

In some towns and cities, the best time of year is recognized as autumn. Black flies and mosquitoes are gone, as are the tourists, who flock here to "The vacation state" in summer, but flee before the first snowflake falls. Some small towns down on the coast on Rt 1 experience gridlock on summer days.

The state bird here is the snowbird, and everyone -- including me -- is glad to see them migrate south again. :D

By the way, here's Ruger's page on the compact. I had to buy a full LOP stock for it, but really like the fiber optics and the short barrel. I eventually want to put a Hogue stock on it with Tech sights, but that has to wait for more pennies to collect.
 

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I enjoyed an entire Maine summer back in 2012 - bluebird skies, sunshine, highs in the lower 70s and lows in the 50s. A wonderful, memorable, glorious 3 days....
 

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Waveform, Maine is the most beautiful, interesting state I've lived in during my 69 years. I grew up in Tennessee (western), and have lived in (roughly in order) Texas, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Washington (state), Oregon and now Maine. (Grad schools, then professional moves.) I've spent significant time also in Arkansas, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada.

All had their undisputed beauty. I loved eastern TN, from the Cumberland Plateau to the Smokey Mts, where I learned to backpack. The Ozarks were awesome. Trans-Pecos Texas is beyond imagination. The Rockies in southern Colorado, the deserts of Arizona (Sonoran), the red rock canyons of southern Utah, the northern Cascades of northern Washington have no parallel.

But Maine is different in an almost indescribable way. The area where I live is only 700' above sea level, but has the ecology and climate of 11,000' in southern Colorado, and a culture more like trans-Pecos TX than Mass. One can go from Mt Katahdin -- where you'd better know your survival skills even in summer (especially north of Katahdin with serious outback) -- to the rocky shore of "downeast" near Bay of Fundy. (See image at the end; not mine.)

I can walk out of my apartment and go either south or north for a walk in hundreds of acres of private but publicly accessible land. I can carry a firearm of my choice either open or concealed. Today, I carried my 10/22 for an afternoon walk on a few inches of fresh snow. (Looking forward to getting my EC9s to save 3 lbs on a snowy day with a mid-sized pack with camera gear, water, food, outdoor tools, and extra insulation.)

Summers are amazing like you said. Just balmy with cool nights. Once the black flies peak in June, if you can deal with mosquitoes, the woods and forests are a great place to be. (10% of the land surface of Maine is water in the form of bogs, marshes, swamps, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, etc. So we have a LOT of mosquitoes. :eek: ) And your description of the skies as "bluebird" is spot on. I've seen some stunning blue sky in my day. New Mexico can be over the top. But it's different here.

Autumn with the colors is stunning, a true show of nature's art.

But we pay with winter. When I moved here in 2010, I'd never lived in a climate like this. Some big snow and cold in the mountains of New Mexico near Albuquerque, but nothing like this. Brutal at times. In January, minus singles or teens F at night are common, with day time temps sometimes in the single digits with wind chills to -30.

Still, it feels like home, what I've been searching for all my life. Well, no, that's yet to come, downeast close to the Fundy shore.

 

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I may be selling my 10/22 Compact

Yes, alas, believe it or not, that's right. It's heartbreaking for me since I just got it a while ago. (See the first post of this thread.) I love this 10/22. I know now that I wanted it at 15 (now 69).

The keyword for now is "may". I have made no decision yet, and will sit on this for a while before I do. I'm not prone to snap decisions.

Why? In a cruel twist of fate, my financial well-being -- or I should say my return to financial well-being -- has been challenged. I expected by now to be making significant progress toward regaining my financial footing after ten super-challenging years (I was thrice thrown under the business bus by people I trusted but should not have) that's seen me teeter on the edge of social existence several times. I'm taking active steps -- i.e., working my butt off actually, trying to start a new company -- to get out of that pit, to get back to earning a modest but suitable living again. But due to circumstances mostly beyond my control, that has now been significantly delayed.

My original plan was to buy the 10/22 first, and perhaps for now, the only gun I own currently. My reasoning? A big part of my future plans were centered on significant time in Nova Scotia, where I can own the rifle (with some significant paperwork) but not a handgun.

That has now changed. Even though I plan to spend significant time in NS for professional reasons, I've decided it's best for me to base myself "next door", in far southeastern Maine. A complex set of factors have driven that decision, but I'll spare you the details.

So after making that decision, I decided I wanted to add an EC9s to my kit. (See current avatar.) And I thought by February, surely my monetary tide would turn. Alas. Best laid plans of mice and men and all that.

And at this point, given what I see as the current dissolution of civilized society, where civility seems to be going out the window, and the fact that I live in Stephen King's** state, I feel the need for an SD weapon more than a 10/22. (Soon after arriving here and noticing the larger than average percentage of somewhat deranged characters living here, a long time Mainer said to me, "Where do you think King gets the ideas for his psycho characters?")

So, I'm considering selling the 10/22, to be replaced at a later time once my ship finally -- hopefully -- comes in. If I do sell, it'll have not only the full sized stock that I put on it, but the sling, and the scabbard that I purchased for it.

I'd like to sell the ammo that I have for it, also -- CCI Mini-Mags and (mostly) Velocitors, but I don't know if that's allowed here. Does anyone know? (I'm sure the ammo at least would have to ship separately, but that's fine.)

I'll keep you posted. For sure if I post it in classifieds, I'll post a link here.
 

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Just a quick follow up about ten hours later.

It's Saturday, January 11, 10:30 pm. Been watching a football game while working out.

Right now, if I had a choice to be from Maryland or Tennessee, I'd take TN.

I am. :) Don't live there now, but was born and raised there.

Therefore, I know from experience, you don't mess with them fellas from TN. ;)

28 - 6. That play with Derrick Henry's pass was brilliant.

This game is inspiring me to try to find a way to keep the 10/22.

Ok, back to the game ...
 

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Monday update.

OK, I've come to my senses. I'm not going to sell my 10/22. I mean, this is the rifle I wanted (but didn't really know it) when I was 15. Now that I've got it, and like the way it feels and shoots, I'd be really freaking stupid to sell it. :eek:

I'll find other sources to buy the EC9s. I'm planning a fundraising drive among friends, colleagues, etc.

Looking forward to the Chiefs vs Titans next Sunday.
 

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5 mo later. 5 months? o_O My oh my, time flies. :oops:

I removed a sling from my 10/22 just a bit earlier.
Thumb screws, but I had to use a screwdriver.

Working with it now near 1 am like a light barbell/dumbbell
Changes the dynamic entirely. Nice for stretching before bed.

Put some oil on all metal parts. Smooth. Even slick.

Got the scabbard off the hanger, along with the Halftrack.
Search Eberlestock Halftrack, a 35L assault pack that's compartmentalized.
It'll be the tool kit, including saws, axes, tarps, woobie, rifle, ATV tools, etc.

I'll get back to you, hopefully in less than 5 mo
 

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Redrunner, not nearly enough! Maybe two boxes ...

That was in large part due to the onset of winter shortly after I got it, followed by a long period of diagnosis of a new (for me) cardiac arrhythmia that was resulting in near-fainting spells (never went out entirely, but came really close several times) requiring many tests over two months, and orders from my PA to take it easy until diagnosis is complete. I couldn't get over to my shooting area, which required snowshoes by then. I'm happy to say that it's responding fairly well to treatment by beta blockers, but because of Covid, which has canceled most regular medical care, I have not yet been able to see a cardiologist. We don't have one in my current town; I'd have to go to Bangor, but he's still not taking appts.

Then after snowmelt, I got caught up in a fundraising campaign to buy an ATV (I've got a thread going on in the Tavern about that) that included production of several high quality videos. I'm gaining on it now -- I have now raised $6250 of $7650, and more is on the way by wire transfer from a friend and major supporter.

But I've pulled my 10/22 -- I call it Gotham due to it's black stock -- out from it's winter storage area, and thinking I need to shoot it soon. I've got a lot of ammo here.
 

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Well sounds like you have a lot on your plate recently! Wish you the best health wise and when you get to the range to shoot that surplus of ammo, let us no how it goes!
 
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