The Ruger 10/22 is one of the most popular rimfire rifles in America and has been continuously produced for almost 50 years. While the Marlin Model 60 might beat the 10/22 in numbers sold, the 10/22 is considered by many to be the benchmark by which other semi-automatic .22’s are measured. Even for those shooters who do not own one, the Ruger 10/22’s familiar profile and barrel band make it a well known and recognized rifle. Though the barrel band is not featured on many models these days, it does still come on the carbine. While the barrel band’s effect on accuracy has been much discussed, it seems so much a part of the looks of the rifle that I would not take mine off. However others find the barrel band quite unattractive and immediately ditch theirs. That is another of the great reasons for owning a 10/22, it can be changed around in a number of ways with numerous readily available accessories to suit the tastes of most any shooter.
The Ruger 10/22 Carbine weighs in at 5 pounds without a scope with an overall length of just over 37 inches. The carbine features an 18 1/2 inch barrel, detachable box magazine, bead front sight, and folding rear sight. On my carbine I have disposed of the rear sight and use a Williams Peep Sight. While the carbine easily accepts a scope, the peep sight looks great on the 10/22 and is perfectly usable for most purposes. Of course, the peep sight probably doesn’t allow as precise shooting as a scope would, so the accuracy of the carbine might be improved with a scope. In my experience with trying maybe 10 different types of .22 ammo, the reasonably priced Remington Thunderbolts is the best economical loading for my 10/22 carbine. Though some more expensive ammunition has shot better in the 10/22, the cheap and easy to find Thunderbolts group into about 1 1/2 inches at 50 yards which suffices for squirrel and rabbit hunting. Again the use of a scope might improve accuracy as well. While others state that their 10/22s can be picky as to which ammunition functions best, I have only experienced a few failures to feed. I am also not a fanatical cleaner so perhaps I have just been lucky. There are many accessories and higher quality parts (as well as gunsmithing services) that can improve both the functioning and the accuracy of the 10/22.
The Ruger 10/22 Carbine current retails for just over $200 and used models are usually found for about $150. The Ruger 10/22 is a popular .22 rifle that has many uses and is just plain fun to shoot.