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Old 12-20-2012, 10:21 PM
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Default 10/22 barrel swap DIY or Smith?

Hello all, the .22 bug is calling me to finish up a 10/22 build I began a couple years back.

The most challenging gunsmith type project I have completed was assembling a stripped AR lower, buttstock, and LPK with only minor finish damage punching in the roll pins. So using that as a frame of reference is removing a factory barrel and installing a .920 doable at home or should I leave it to the professionals?

Anything I should keep in mind during this process?

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Old 12-20-2012, 10:30 PM
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A 6th grader can swap barrels on a Ruger 10/22

Remove the magazine.
Verify that the rifle is unloaded.
Lock the bolt open and check again.
Remove one screw to release the receiver from the stock.
Remove the barrel band if one is present.
Safety to mid position, lift receiver out of stock.
Remove two allen head screws from the barrel v block.
Twist the barrel out of the receiver.

Reverse to install new barrel.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:31 PM
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Yeah it is just a few screws ... very straight forward. You shouldn't need a gunsmith.

Again if you don't feel confident in abilities find someone who is.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:52 PM
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Thanks for the quick replies. I'm good with all those steps, just wanted to make sure presses and calipers weren't required.
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When in doubt check YouTube for videos
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I know this is a simple operation but Youtube is 50/50 when it comes to good info. So just be careful with the advice.

I remember a guy beating the crap out of his XD because Youtube said so. He nearly destroyed his gun.
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This is about as easy peasy as gunsmithing gets. If you can get the action out of the stock and remove both of the allen screws you will be good to go. Remember though you will need a stock to accomodate that bull barrel.
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.920 barrel swap = easy. Opening up the channel in the stock = labor
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With all due respect marine -- One of the first things I learned in fifty years of mechanicing and machine building -- There ain't no 5 minute jobs!
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With all due respect marine -- One of the first things I learned in fifty years of mechanicing and machine building -- There ain't no 5 minute jobs!
Boy if that ain't the truth.
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Do it yourself. Look up a YouTube video on changing the barrel. It's pretty easy. I put a Tactical Solutions one on mine with a Boyd stock. Pretty easy.
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DIY it's so easy a caveman can do it.
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This is about as easy peasy as gunsmithing gets. If you can get the action out of the stock and remove both of the allen screws you will be good to go. Remember though you will need a stock to accomodate that bull barrel.
Hi All! No I ordered the stock with my barrel to continue my 10/22 project I have neglected the past few years...which may have been a good thing as it looks like VQ is being replaced by Kidd on alot of parts in the last few years?

I was going to buy a Marlin XT-22 but I found the barrel, stock, and bolt release all on sale and with 500 rounds of Mini-Mags I still came out cheaper than a new Marlin so I couldn't pass up a chance to get the 10/22 happy again.

Thank you all and Happy Holidays!

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RFB, Post a pic! I`m installing a .920 Barrel & Boyds stock by weeks end, can`t wait!
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^^^^^ Will do, my parts are in the mail, I asked the swap question before ordering just to be cautious.
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