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Old 07-27-2010, 12:11 PM
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Hey guys,

Decided it was about time for me to get my first firearm. My original plan was a Marlin 336 lever rifle. But price and ammo cost deterred me to get a 22. I landed on a Ruger 10/22. Brand new only $210. Picked it up from my local gunshop yesterday. Haven't had the pleasure of firing it yet but I'm going to the range with a few of my buds Thursday. I've been skeet shooting before, but never fired a rifle. I know it's only a 22 but I'm completely satisfied with it.

First thing i did when i got it home was install a TAPCO stock and foregrip. It's no AR, but i wanted it to look like one . I kept the original stock and will probably go back to it from time to time. Next on the agenda is a 4x scope.

Here it is fresh out of the box. I also bought a 25 round clip.





And with the TAPCO stock and foregrip. I decided to go with olive drab color. I felt the black and olive are a good offset to each other.





Loaded clip.



It's not much compared to what you guys have.....but it's all mine

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Old 07-27-2010, 12:30 PM
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congrats. a 22 is one of the best guns to start with in order to practice good form, safety, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg to shoot. have fun with it, and practice practice practice!
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congrats. a 22 is one of the best guns to start with in order to practice good form, safety, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg to shoot. have fun with it, and practice practice practice!
Yeah, what he said...

The 10/22 also has a dreat deal of aftermarket support. You can get a better mag release, bigger bolt handles, target grade triggers and barrels... A very good platform, and cheep to feed.

Speaking of feed... the meat from 3 squirrels is just the right amount for hamberger helper.
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The meat from 3 squirrels is just the right amount for hamberger helper.
Thanks for the good info! By the way good pic on the 22. Way fun to shoot!
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I had the same 10/22 and the Marlin in 30/30. Small world! The Marlins stock trigger needed lightening, but was an easy, sweet rifle after that. The Ruger was always fun, like they said aftermarket parts galore, but sometimes ya just want to push a big hunk of lead thru the air.
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Congrats on the buy.

You need to rephrase the "it's only a .22". They still kill. Be careful, and have fun.
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Congrats on the buy.

You need to rephrase the "it's only a .22". They still kill. Be careful, and have fun.
I was referencing to my buds Serbu .50BMG. He makes fun of me

And thanks for all the complements guys. Now that i think about it, I'm glad i went with a 22 first. Getting the Marlin 30/30 would have been a good purchase, but I'll need a lot of time at the range to be able to hunt proficiently.

How about gun maintenance? I bought a little kit when i was there. Evey time i shoot, every other, once a month.
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clean it after every time you shoot. And if for some reason you don't shoot it for a while take it out and clean it anyway.
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Fired it for the first time yesterday at my local range. Ran about 100-120 rounds through it before lightning shut down the range. First thing i noticed with it was how little recoil there is...i mean i knew a .22 had little kick....but wow it's almost non existent. Gun only jammed twice, both times i believe were from using low quality ammo. I bought 5 boxes of 50 rounds, all different brands to see which one i liked the most. All in all this little rifle is awesome! I decided to go back to the wooden stock to see how it felt before putting the TAPCO one back on.

Just got back from Gander Mountain where i got a rifle case and a scope mounted for me. It's a Bushnell 4x32 rimfire scope. $40. I'm going back to the range Sunday to see how it works.






I love my rifle
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COngrats on the gun!
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