How to Accurize a Ruger 10/22

Written by jeremiah blanchard
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The overall goal of accurizing a firearm is to improve the accuracy in any way possible. This process includes creating a better grip, installing optics and fine-tuning or replacing smaller moving parts. The Ruger 10/22 is already a very popular and accurate weapon used widely for sport shooting and plinking. Many shooting enthusiasts choose to improve their 10/22, in effect customising it to their particular shooting style. Accurizing can be done in many ways, but you must consider the best way according to how you shoot and how you want the weapon to handle.

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    Remodel the stock. This is a basic step in adding better grip to the weapon and you have a variety of choices. You can remove the stock and modify it by shaving it down to a specific weight, or cut a thumb groove to form a pistol grip. You can add grip tape or checkering to the stock to add grip as well. Consider removing the factory stock and having a stock custom-made to suit your specific shooting needs.

  2. 2

    Add a Weaver scope base. A Weaver scope base is a standard scope mount on many rifles. Your 10/22 may be factory tapped and drilled for a Weaver scope mount.

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    Install optics. An optical scope greatly increases accuracy over traditional iron sights. A variety of scopes or optics can be selected with a variety of reticles. Choose a reticle (crosshair pattern) that suits your shooting needs best and offers the best accuracy.

  4. 4

    Modify factory parts. Many Ruger 10/22 rifles are manufactured with trigger guards and other parts made of plastic. Order replacement lightweight metal parts to provide better security and rigidity in the trigger.

  5. 5

    Install or modify the trigger and sear. The best trigger pull is the type that you need to barely touch to fire. Lightweight and hair-trigger mechanisms are available to install on the Ruger 10/22. This results in less tension or wobble in your hand and offers a more accurate and smooth shot.

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    Install a new performance-enhancing barrel and have it harmonically tuned. The barrel vibrates at a specific frequency, and this can result in poor accuracy if the harmonics are off. Have an experienced gunsmith tune your barrel to perform with the least amount of vibration.

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    Choose ammunition loads that correspond with your shooting style. Ammunition powder loads and bullet weights affect muzzle energy. Fire several different loads with the Ruger 10/22 to choose the one that performs the best for your shooting needs.

Tips and warnings

  • Accurizing a barrel requires a lot of time and testing and is considered more of a science. Many different methods of accurizing may need to be implemented and tested before you're satisfied with the weapon's performance.
  • Never attempt maintenance on a loaded weapon.
  • Never point the Ruger 10/22 at anything that you do not intend to shoot or kill.

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