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Old 02-13-2020, 6:56 PM
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Default Building 10/22s like AR 15s?

Is building a precision 10/22 as easy as assembling an AR? I see 10/22 receivers, barrels, and other parts everywhere. I thought it would be a neat project to start, but then I wondered if it needs to be assembled by a knowledgeable gunsmith.
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I have built several myself and it is pretty easy. Most all the parts out there are "bolt on". The barrels, for example, are slip fit with 2 bolts holding a "clamp". Triggers can be had complete or as parts. The bolt is probably the hardest thing to get out of the receiver and back in but is easy enough after seeing it done on YouTube. They are fun projects and there are tons of options. I say dive in and have fun.

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I would have saved a lot of money if I bought a TCR22 right off the bat...
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Yup. Built several of each. 10/22 is easy & fun. Git to it!
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Stop by Rimfirecentral.com. Those guys build Rugers without a single Ruger part...
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Very easy. I put a Kidd barrel on mine. It's the aluminum barrel with the stainless steel liner. Light weight and super accurate. I throw a red dot on it and shoot steel matches or out a scope on it to shoot squirrels.
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Very easy...its like putting together legos
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I would have saved a lot of money if I bought a TCR22 right off the bat...
I thought about this but I dont like the stock on the tcr22 so it would have cost me more
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Brownell’s 10/22 receivers are GTG
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Isn't more like assemble?

Too bad Ruger doesn't make a really good 10/22 out of the box.

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Isn't more like assemble?

Too bad Ruger doesn't make a really good 10/22 out of the box.
Yes, youíre right. In retrospect the word assemble and build arenít precisely synonyms when it comes to mechanics. I would disagree that out-of-the-box 10/22s arenít good - though thatís subjective I know.

I just want to put together a Ferrari instead of a Honda.
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Cool you may have as much fun with a 10/22

as you want your bank account to allow...

all I did with this early 70's was add tech sights and mason flash hider/brake

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Is building a precision 10/22 as easy as assembling an AR?
I see 10/22 receivers, barrels, and other parts everywhere.
I thought it would be a neat project to start, but then I wondered if it needs to be assembled by a knowledgeable gunsmith.
Just like an AR, it's easy until you hit a problem.
It's common for 10/22 barrels not to fit into receivers by hand.
This is not a problem if you have a means to heat the reciever up and work with it quickly while it's hot.
That troubles some people enough that they go see a gunsmith.
I have done lots of 10/22 and AR assembly because of little problems like that.

Then sometimes people want actual machining work like drilling a hole in the reciever for a cleaning rod or cutting the slot and drilling and reverse countersinking the hole to mound a Kidd lug to the back of the action.
These are beyond what you can do on your kitchen table with screwdrivers and punches.
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I decided not to go down that rabbit hole. I just bought a Thompson TCR 22 instead.
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I would go with a dedicated .22LR AR. I run a TacSol upper, on an Aero lower.


If the poop hits the fan, and I NEED another lower, I pop the pins & VOILA - instant 5.56 lower ready to go!


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Just do it! Get a Kidd trigger.
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Isn't more like assemble?

Too bad Ruger doesn't make a really good 10/22 out of the box.
I got one with the wood stock, tapered bull barrel and no sights. Only thing I did was install a scope (Nikon or Pentax, can't remember and too lazy to dig it out and look) and an el-cheapo bipod.

Shot a 50 yard target, had a cat at the range spotting for me. First shot was like .25" off the center, next shot right on center. Next shot about .25" off center, right next to the first shot. Next two shots I and my spotter thought were misses. We were perplexed that a gun shooting such a tight group @ 50 yards would throw two shots off paper (a 24" wide target!!). As cease-fire, we walked downrange and saw one slightly larger hole at the center of the target and two smaller ones just above it, maybe .25" away. The two "lost" shots apparently went through the first hole.

I still have that target hanging from my fridge in the garage.

My other 10/22 is in an TacStar Adaptive Tactical stock, fancy name for a really ergonomic pistol grip stock. It has the skinny, threaded barrel with no provision for sights (Ruger barrel), and some trigger work. Shoots more accurate than it needs to (it's a Steel Challenge gun) with a Bushnell TRS25 red dot optic.

Ruger's generally speaking seem to be pretty accurate, at least out to 50 yards. The ammo I use is CCI Blazer, nothing special, but it works, feeds, and fires as reliably as any other ammo.

That said, make it as fancy as you see fit. Cool guns are well, cool.
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As stated above, just assemble a real AR22..It is your money, but I do not see the point of doing a 10-22 look alike when you can have the real deal..
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As stated above, just assemble a real AR22..It is your money, but I do not see the point of doing a 10-22 look alike when you can have the real deal..
Because itís fun. Iíve built two for less than what I could buy an assembled 10/22 for which is way less than an AR22 build. Truth be told Iíve built a couple AR22s as well. Itís not about money per say some of us like chasing parts and putting stuff together and if you can do it with less coin and still get good working stuff you can keep building!
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Building a 10/22 is like legos. Easy af ... only somewhat difficult part is figuring out the trigger assembly if you were to tinker with internals. If your doing a drop in, its all plug and play. The hardest part is picking what parts you want to run!
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