I hear you on the peep sight 22's.
I had a JC Higgins bolt 22 with peep in my teen years, but let it get away from me.
It did well in shooting against the other guys and their semi-auto 22's.
Kinda taught me the value of one well aimed shot - regardless of action type - vs hosing down the landscape with bullets like many semi-auto owners
are wont to do.
Specially the younger ones.
Here's a couple pics of the WW Special.
A neat rifle as is, but even better with the peep.
Still getting it sighted in, but offhand shooting with the 22" barrel is pleasant and easy since it 'hangs' on target so well.
You'll note that a higher front blade is required.
No big deal and Brownell's or Midway has front and rear sights in one kit.
The Ruger blue - also comes in stainless -10-22 target comes with a heavy barrel, laminated wood stock and lighter trigger from the factory.
So far I've only shot a box (50) or so or so through it, but it's looking good.
A little more sighting in with the 4.5 x 14 scope then I'll start looking for what ammo it prefers.
A pic of the target model:
And . .. a pic of what happens to the WW Special if you use spray-on brake cleaner to hose out the interior of the receiver:
The brake cleaner doesn't seem to affect bluing, but some are reporting that it does.
I didn't realize at the tme that the WW Special - which has a stainless barrel and brushed stainless looking silver powder coated aluminum receiver
had powder coating on it.
I got some matching paint from Brownell's, but didn't like the way it turned out so I stripped everything off the aluminum receiver and gave it a
It's looking ok and all I do to it is wipe with a lightly oiled rag when I clean the gun.
One funny one last time we went to the range - cuz the dry lake was a bit flooded and the heavy rains had washed out the road down to it - I took
along my Ruger M77 22 magnum bolt action.
I hadn't shot it in quite a while and it's always been one of my favorites - as is the 22 magum round, to the extent that I only shoot 22 magnums
from my 9 1/2" barrel blue Single Six.
The Single Six is known as my "pocket rifle."
Anyway, I grabbed the M77 and a box of what I thought were 22 mags.
Then decided to take along another box of 22 mags.
Good thing I did, I'd just glanced at the first box and it was a box of Mini-Mags.
Read em & weep, but I was lucky to have some 22 mags along.
I have a Leupold Compact 4X scope on this rifle and wonder why I didn't get the Compact 2 x 7.
Probably because we were doing varmint hunting at the time and I figured the 4X would be enough for the short to medium range shots - 100-200
Anything over that would be taken care of my my pal's M77 in 220 Swift.
The 10-22's are nice rifles, seldom fail - 11,000 rounds through my 1968 era 10-22 - and I encourage you to give one a shot.
So to speak....
WW Special = Walmart Special or Wally World Special.
[edit on 2-9-2007 by Desert Dawg]