View Full Version : Ruger 10/22 Barrel length

04-07-2009, 6:10 PM
Well after talking it over with the wifey and weighing the cost of ammo. I think im going with a ruger 10/22 as my first rifle. I was looking at the ruger website an saw they have a 18.5in barrel and a 16.5in barrel. Which one would i want if i plan on buying a tactical stock and a red dot sight? or does it even make a difference. Thanks guys!

Mssr. Eleganté
04-07-2009, 7:11 PM
A 16.5 inch barrel would be more "tactical" to go with your "tactical" stock, and it would give you slightly better velocity. The only bad thing about a shorter barrel is the shorter sight radius, but you don't need any sight radius because you'll be using a red dot.

04-07-2009, 7:32 PM
A 16.5 inch barrel would be more "tactical" to go with your "tactical" stock, and it would give you slightly better velocity.

Que? :confused:

Mssr. Eleganté
04-07-2009, 8:13 PM
Que? :confused:

Permita que explique...

Tests have shown that most .22LR ammo reaches maximum velocity out of barrel that is around 14 inches long, and the projectile will actually start to slow down due to bore friction in barrels longer than that.

04-07-2009, 8:18 PM
Thanks for the info. , But I have a question. What is the optimum barrel length for the 17M2?

Mssr. Eleganté
04-07-2009, 8:34 PM
I am going to retract my previous statement about a 16.5 in barrel giving better velocity than an 18.5 inch barrel. What I should have said is that a 16.5 inch barrel will give about the same velocity as an 18.5 inch barrel. So the OP should still go with the 16.5 inch barrel since it will be more "tactical" and he will not loose any velocity over the 18.5 inch barrel.

I think the .22LR gains velocity as you increase the barrel length up to aound 14 inches, then the velocity stays about the same up to around 19 inches, and then starts to decline in barrels longer than that.

I don't know what the numbers are for the 17M2.

04-08-2009, 6:00 AM
ok thanks!

04-08-2009, 7:57 AM
I have the 22" barrel rifle version they made for Walmart some years back, and the standard barrel is much handier and easier to handle. Everybody likes the shorter barrel version for plinking.

04-08-2009, 4:12 PM
The 20" bull barrel guns are front heavy!
+1 on the 16.5 " for plinking and general use.