Can anyone comment on recent production 10-22 rifles? I have not bought a 10-22 in years and my sole 10-22 rifle is 1978 production.
Any degradation in quality, appearance or function from older models? Too much plastic?
I ask because I have a chance to buy a new 10-22 Sporter but don't want to buy problems? The 10-22 Sporter has always appealed to me because of it's classic appearance and I don't want to pass up an opportunity.
depends on which model you get. cheapest option is the basic gray plastic stock with matte finish barrel amd no sights. wood stocks are still available but if you plan to upgrade/change it later then the plastic one will save you money. factory target models with better triggers and stocks are also available but be prepared to pay triple what a standard 10/22 would cost. third pary options are plentiful, including railed receivers. as with any 10/22 its the ammo that makes the difference. i stick with round nose over hollow points. due to their blunt face the HP tend to jam.
if you already own a 10/22 and want another i'd look into the Takedown series. they make nifty little stash-a-way rifles, but again, they will cost more than a standard model.
if you're a classic wood stock kind of guy look into the International 10/22s. one of those has been on my wish list for a while.
I bought a standard wood stock 10-22 six years ago at Walmart, along with a Takedown, all plastic, at the same time. I still have the wood stock, replaced the trigger groups on both with Jard 2.5# non-adjustable triggers, all metal. Gifted the Takedown to a good friend fighting Agent Orange cancers so he could keep the rabbits out of his garden and in his stew pot. Both shot CCI standard and oddly, Aquila HV, very well. The wood stock one still does. I just shoot paper with mine, and occasionally metal spinner targets. The friend says he's gotten a lot of rabbits with his.
The last 10-22 I bought was a Deluxe Sporter. Nice accurate rifle. Replaced the trigger with the BX. I was lazy, I actually like my two DIY triggers better but the BX will do. Added a Leupold VX1, 2-7 Rimfire scope and she's ready to go. Whichever you get, try something CCI and SK in it.
My 10/22s I use for steel challenge were shipped in 2020 and 2021. Both work just fine. Upgraded triggers in both, but they ran with the OEM triggers with no issues. They get shot a lot and just keep on working
I think you made a great choice, I received a 10/22 for my 10th birthday (1973) I put thousands of rounds through it, but around the early 90s life got in my way and it basically stayed in my safe only being shot once since I moved to a Free State, meanwhile I acquired many other guns and even a SS take-down, so my original 10/22 sat. All that to say in all that time I only ever cleaned the bore, never doing a complete take-down disassembly, We didn't have YouTube back in my day to show simps like myself detailed break-downs. Well, last week I pulled it out and did a complete disassembly/cleaning. I was amazed that in 50 years there was literally very little powder residue anywhere, makes me wonder if 22 ammo back in the '70s & '80s just wasn't cleaner burning.