Originally posted by Zhenyghi
Thanks for the info. With your heavy-barrelled Ruger, you must be a glutton for punishment. My brother has a heavy-barrelled Ruger in .25-06, and is
one very heavy weapon with the (9-12x?) scope he has on it. It's much, much heavier than my Swiss K-31 Schmidt-Rubin, of which everyone who has ever
handled it commented on its heavy weight.
As for the Ruger 10/22, I've read some recent complaints about its accuracy and reliability (by those touting the Marlin 60).
I happen to have both the Ruger and the Marlin. I like the "feel" of the Marlin, and it has good accuracy, but I find that I prefer the Ruger.
With the Marlin I've had feeding and ejection problems. I've had absolutely none with the Ruger. Granted, my Ruger is at least 10 years old, so I
cannot comment on the new ones out there.
Yeah, the 10# or so 22-250 got to be a drag after a couple of miles.
After a few of those hikes I invested in a 14" bull barrel, 6mm TCU Thompson Center Contender - the break open single shot interchangeable barrel and
left the 22-250 at home.
The Contender fit in the backpack just fine and toting the aforementioned 9 1/2" barrel Ruger single six in a holster was no big deal.
The soldiers who carried WW1 rifles must have been some iron men.
My Swiss Mauser is not a lightweight and the modern day SKS weighs close to the same.
Funny thing with the 22's, my dad bought a Winchester Model 63 22LR rifle in 1952.
He left it with my grandfather in Arkansas since it was 'my' rifle, but I was too young for it.
After 20 years went by I got it . . . beat all the heck and gone by my not-so-careful cousins.
I restored it, ironed all the bumps out of the stock and put a nice oil finish on it.
The metal parts I had re-blued to a factory blue level.
It came out very nice.
I screwed up and let the bolt fly closed and the bolt handle - just a bent sheet metal piece - broke.
I put the rifle up figuring I'd weld the part some day.
That was about 72-73 or so.
Last summer I got it out and couldn't find the small piece that had broken off.
Kind of a bummer cuz I had access to a TIG welder.
Anyway, I got a replacement handle - new and unused - from Numrich arms.
Fast forward 54 years from when the rifle was last fired by me and I got to fire it again.
What a sweet little rifle.
Sized for an adult although a lot of them get cut down for kids.
With the longer barrel it did better than the short barrelled 10-22, but part of that is I'm a bit out of practice.
Even so, the 10-22 is still my favorite 22 rifle.
Lightweight, easy to carry with a sling or without and it's reliability is legend.
Being a 68 model means it has a very smooth trigger with about 4# pull.
One reason the late model 10-22's get at the least a replacement trigger or trigger job by owners who are serious shooters.