1) My 10/22 came with a 10-round magazine. Can I get higher capacity magazines?
A: There are many higher capacity magazines available for the 10/22, including a 50-round drum. Some will be better quality than others, so you may want to try different brands if possible.
2) I want to build a custom 10/22, but I would like to purchase a receiver instead of a complete rifle. Where can I purchase a receiver?
A: Unfortunately Ruger has never sold the 10/22 receiver by itself. A couple of aftermarket companies, including Volquartsen, manufacture receivers, but they will cost more than a complete rifle from Ruger.
3) I have a custom 10/22 with a target barrel. I can’t manually extract a loaded round from the chamber. What is causing this?
A: Your target barrel most likely has a match chamber. A match chamber has tighter specs than a sporting chamber and the bullet will actually swage itself into the rifling of the barrel. This means the bullet is pushed into the rifling and the extractor will skip over the rim when you try to manually extract the round. If you have to remove the round without firing it, you will need to pry it out with a pocket knife or something similar.
4) What calibers are available from the factory in the 10/22?
A: The 10/22 is currently only offered in .22 LR from Ruger. The company did build a .22 WMR version of the gun from 1998 through 2006. A .17 HMR version was also announced in 2004, but was never actually produced.
5) Can I convert my .22 LR 10/22 into a different caliber?
A: Yes. There are .17 HMR barrels available for the 10/22. A heavier bolt handle is also required for proper functioning. These are typically sold together in a set.
6) What .22 LR ammunition will shoot best in my 10/22?
A: Every 10/22 can be different about the brand and type of ammunition that it will shoot reliably and accurately. You will need to try several brands to see which one your particular gun prefers.
7) Can I customize my 10/22 myself or would I need a gunsmith to do it?
A: The 10/22 rifle is not a difficult firearm to work on and someone with a strong mechanical aptitude should be able to handle much of the work themselves. There are a few things to watch out for when doing the work such as not over-torquing the barrel screws in the aluminum receiver. If you have any doubts about doing it yourself, consult a competent gunsmith.
8) My 10/22 bolt release is difficult to operate. What can I do?
A: Because of the complicated bolt release on the 10/22, several companies offer extended release levers that make it easier to manipulate.
9) The magazine release on my 10/22 is small and hard to operate. Can this be replaced with a larger one?
A: Yes. Oversized magazine release levers are offered by several manufacturers including Leapers.
10) Is there a speed loader for my 10/22 magazines?
A: There are, including one from Butler Creek and one Shooter’s Ridge.
11) I want to buy a scope for my 10/22. What do you recommend?
A: This is a difficult one to answer. There are many factors that go into choosing optics for any gun including, but not limited to, cost, finish and magnification. Remember that the .22 LR cartridge is a fairly short-range round, so high-power optics aren’t required. A good quality scope in the three to ten power range should be sufficient.
12) I am having difficulty seeing the factory sights on my 10/22. What can I do to help this problem?
A: If you don’t want to mount optics on your rifle, a couple of companies including Truglo manufacture high visibility sights for the 10/22. These use fiber optic rods to improve visibility.
13) I want to replace the stock on my 10/22. What is available?
A: The selection of stocks for the 10/22 is quite large. You can get thumbhole, target style and military style stocks, to name a few. These are available in several types of materials like laminated wood, high grade birch, synthetic materials and even aluminum.
14) What aftermarket barrels are available for my 10/22?
A: There are several options for 10/22 aftermarket barrels including sporter weight, heavy target, carbon fiber, stainless steel and blued steel with features like fluting and porting available.
15) Can I improve my 10/22 trigger pull?
A: Yes. Aftermarket triggers are available from many manufacturers and will vary in results and cost. Some will simply replace one or more existing parts and others will be complete replacement assemblies.