View Full Version : I want a Ruger 10/22 BUT.....

04-17-2009, 5:39 PM
I went to the range to try it out. And the one I had kept jamming on me. Is that common? Or was it the cheap ammo at the range or is it that there guns are used and abused every day? Have you guys had any problems with jamming? What do you guys think, should I be worried about it. I liked the way it shoots but I don't want it to jam that often. Should I get one? Help me I want a .22 because I wont go broke shooting it. HELP...:confused:

04-17-2009, 5:45 PM
A clean 10/22 with ammo it likes (takes some testing) works just fine.

04-17-2009, 5:48 PM
I think the 10/22 is a great gun. I've got one that's about 25 years old and is a good shooter. The one you had might have needed a good cleaning or new extractor. Changing parts on a 10/22 is super easy. I'd recommend this gun to anyone. Besides, you can get one cheap at Big 5 or find one used. I got mine used and changed the barrel on it with a heavy target barrel.

In short: good gun, user friendly, and lots of upgrades out there.

04-17-2009, 5:55 PM
Cant go wrong with a 10/22. Tons of upgrade parts are available. Great re-sale value. And also there is a vast amount of knowledge out there ready to help you with your 10/22 if you need it.

04-17-2009, 5:56 PM
i had a problem with my new 10/22 the very first time with the bolt not wanting to go forward when the magazine was inserted, but it just took some force the first time. after that, hasn't happened again, and hasnt jammed on me once, and thats using super cheap remington thunderbolt ammo(about 1,000 rounds through it with no problems)

you can also get a new extractor if having problems, which will make FTE's even less likely

04-17-2009, 5:56 PM
I have two 10/22s. When I first got them I would have issues with different ammo. I replaced the extractor with the Volquartsen extractor and all my issues went away. A lot of time rental guns don't get a good cleaning and lube. I shoot Federal these days with no issues.

04-17-2009, 5:59 PM
I have to assume the 10/22 was a rental and not maintained or not in the best of condition.

Failure to extract, or stovepiping, is one of the symptoms of a worn extracter. And the extracter is usually one of the first parts replaced by an after market part.

I have one (heavily modified) my wife has one, and my son has one. All have had their extracters replaced with Volquartsen Exact Edge Extracters.
The 10/22 is a good rifle - some rifles have their own idiosyncrasies. There are probably more aftermarket parts for the 10/22 than any other gun. If you buy one and want to modify it, you needn't worry about parts.

Good luck,


04-17-2009, 6:05 PM
Yeah the one I shot was a rental.. Ok you guys convienced me Im getting one. Thanks for the Help. :thumbsup:

04-17-2009, 7:23 PM
Does running the little card through the slot at Dave and Busters count as renting?

04-17-2009, 7:44 PM
you gotta find the ammo the gun likes, i can not put any bulk ammo through mine...

04-17-2009, 7:52 PM
Mine does just fine on just about any ammo, even that much hated Remington Golden Bullet stuff. It does shoot better with bulk Federal or CCI.

04-17-2009, 9:23 PM
the 10/22 is a great rifle. My rifle eats up anything I put in it, even the bulk stuff.

04-17-2009, 10:37 PM
In the 70's, a friend had a 10/22 and I had a Marlin tube magizine 22. He jammed a lot more than I did

Defense Shooter
04-17-2009, 10:43 PM
I have two and love them... for what its worth my 30 year old Sporter eats everything where my k10/22t (factory bull barrel) doesn't like the bulk packs at walmart and needs a 45 second cleaning every few hundred rounds.

04-17-2009, 10:51 PM
I haven't cleaned my 10/22 nor my MKII in well over 8-9 bricks of ammunition and they run like tops.

04-18-2009, 12:39 AM
I've got three 10/22's. The first rifle I ever purchased was a 10/22 and I still have it 35+ years later. I have one 10/22 that is a knock-around "tacticool" fun gun and a 10/22T which is a heavy monster but accurate.

They all like different types of ammo, but when fed the stuff they like, never miss a beat. You'll probably get one eventually, so get it now. The prices will go up. I think I paid 80 bucks for the first one, brand new. I still have the box and paperwork.

04-18-2009, 2:08 AM
I have only had issues with a 10/22 when using cheap after market magazines. Cheap ammo has never been a problem

04-18-2009, 7:37 AM
They are a little rough out of the box these days. They are still dirt cheap though. Half the fun of getting a 10-22 is massaging and tweaking the thing.
Replace the extractor and clean up the bolt and it should eat anything you want to put in it. Check rimfirecentral for more mods and info than you can imagine.

my $179.00 modded 10/22

04-18-2009, 7:50 AM
I've had my 10/22 for over 20 years and it's the best gun you can own. I had similar problems a while back and it turned out to be weak springs in my 25rnd mags. New magazines and the problems went away.

04-18-2009, 2:31 PM
mine loves fed bulk pack!!!!! hates blazer like a plague...anything cci goes through it like dayold taco bell, fast and hot....

04-18-2009, 3:15 PM
nah they will shot ANYTHING at least all my 10/22's will. BUT at about 500 rds they like to be cleaned... I clean them mor ethan that but I have "tested" to see when they will "act" up and ta a little over 500 rds they both have the dirty bolt catch on the std rotary mags..

04-18-2009, 3:19 PM
my ruger semi auto pistol is very tolerant of weak charged ammo, but my 10/22 (which is new and has a stiff recoil spring still), really prefers ammo that is a touch hotter than the bulk-pack promo box fodder.

04-18-2009, 11:04 PM
I never had any issues shooting bulk Federal (the wall mart type) in my 10/22 when I had it. I did clean it after every range field trip.

04-18-2009, 11:35 PM
I have over 35k rounds through my first 10/22 and very very rarely I get extraction at best if I don't clean the extractor every other range outing. great guns! btw I now have 3!

04-18-2009, 11:47 PM
My 10/22 even after about 1-2k rounds still only reliably feeds the Federal Auto Match stuff in the 325 pack. All others, even high velocity I get fail to eject.

Do I need a VQ extractor?

04-19-2009, 6:50 AM
mine only likes mini mags now, but i have messed with it quite a bit. I think the new recoil spring and guide rod as well as the target barrel have done that though.

Other than that they are great guns, clean them once in a while and you should be good to go.

and like the others have stated, half the fun of a 10/22 is tinkering with them. I really want to convert mine to a 10/17 now. I built one for someone and that thing was amazing.

04-19-2009, 8:00 AM
If you decide to get one, and would like to basically keep it stock, I'd steer you towards doing a couple of things. First, a Volquartsen edge extractor and secondly a poly bolt buffer. From there I'd suggest dialing in the trigger group, which is a pretty simple and inexpensive task. Keep it clean and use the factory Ruger 10 round mags and you'll be set.

04-21-2009, 11:00 PM
i love the 10/22 still have my first one ....like 13 years old ...the gun that got me into guns when i was kid ....i guess decent ammo and a clean weapon could help ....plus having ten 50 round magazines from when you were a kid
is beneficial

04-22-2009, 1:55 PM
Ruger 10/22 is the chevy of firearms
tons of after market parts and accessories
only problem with any semi auto 22 is they get messy
the extraction issue you have is probably due to gunk and a bad extractor
replace the stock on with a Volquartsen
I did and rarely have problems with extraction

04-24-2009, 8:38 AM
The only problem I have ever had with mine was from after market magazines.

Mason McDuffie
04-24-2009, 8:42 AM
Ditto that. Aftermarket mags can be a bit of a problem. As for the type of rounds. My 1022 eats whatever I feed her no probs. Now my friend on the other hand decided to do a full break down of his and when he put it back together has had nothing but probs. I do just enough maintenance to keep her happy.