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Ruger 10/22 dissapointment
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My 14 yo daughters 10/22 was a pleasure to work on. Her sisters however so far isnt.

The inside receiver had a sandpaper finish to it, the bolt was gritty. So, I removed the bolt to take a look.

Oh the horror.

Normally, after removing the bolt bumper pin, the bolt falls out after pulling the charging handle. This one didnt, it would hang up on the lip of the extraction port. There was excess flash. So, using a stylus, I managed to cut the flash off. Bolt fell out. Wish it hadnt. The bolt surface was FUGLY. Machine marks everywhere, and what looks like mandrel burns radiating from the center of the bolt. Nicks/cuts everywhere. Some black, grease-like crud that makes cosmoline look like CLP.

So, took out the Hoppes 9, cleaned the bolt off, then hit it with Flitz. Got out a sheet of 1100 grit sandpaper and went to town on the inside of the receiver. Got the three walls smooth, then cleaned the whole thing with #9 then wiped it down with Flitz. Cleaned the barrel with a bore snake. Had to run about 20 patches before they would come out passably clean. Put her back together, baby smooth. The bolt face still looks like @#%#!, but some range time will tell me if I did enough. Already did the auto-bolt release mod, waiting on the Volquertsen hammer to show up, then range day.

Really disappointed with the apparent rush job on the bolt and receiver by Ruger Sad Possibly the result of an increase in demand putting QC by the wayside?
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Should have done what I did and bought Israeli military surplus.
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#3
You hear this type of reply a lot, and it's easy to sit back and say "I would have......."
I really did send a Ruger back to be reworked. It's a Charger, basically a 10-22 pistol. I was having problems with feeding and ejection. Different ammo would give varying degrees of performance but none were satisfactory so it went back to the manufacturer. When it came back the performance was acceptable but not perfect. The accuracy is great but I've lost some faith in the 10-22 action.
The pieces all looked presentable though, not like what you describe. That would have gone back before it made it to the range.
Now that you have worked on it, I don't know if they will accept it as a warranty repair or not. It wouldn't hurt to call them to find out. Do you have any pictures? As in Before and After, to help present your complaint to them.
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It's not the 10/22 action that's the problem. If it was there wouldn't be numerous companies copying the design. I'm still planning on reshaping the rear of the bolt so I can use subsonic ammo and still have it cycle reliably. It may help even out the reliability of yours.
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Warpt762x39;114868 Wrote:It's not the 10/22 action that's the problem. If it was there wouldn't be numerous companies copying the design. I'm still planning on reshaping the rear of the bolt so I can use subsonic ammo and still have it cycle reliably. It may help even out the reliability of yours.

I'll agree that it's not the design of the action that's the problem, but I believe it has more to do with the quality of the workmanship of select specimens that unreliable function can be attributed to.
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#6
I have heard that some of the machining on the newer 10-22's are a bit rough and the finish is not as durable as it once was. The ones I have are an older vintage.

Ruger makes a ton of this model and I am sure that a bum one will get out of the factory every once in a while. That being said the 10-22 is infinitely customizable and I am sure Ruger would help get this one working.
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#7
Anyone can make a mistake. How they handle that mistake is a good gauge of the reputation of the company. They treated me OK and I'm sure they would make good on this one too.
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Ill try to get some pics tonight of it.

She wont get the rifle until January. Compared to her older sisters, it's a bit disappointing. Hoping maybe this weekend to shoot it and see if the "ugly" is only skin deep. It's not a standard model, its the Compact model. I wanted one that had the shortest LOP (12.75") and the Compact model was it. Waited quite a while to get it too.

What work Ive done to it is sanded the really rough finish on the inside of the receiver, as well as removing the excess "flash" that didnt allow the bolt to drop free and did the auto-bolt release conversion. It still doesnt fall free, you have to give the back of the receiver a good "pat" to drop the bolt, but at least now it drops. I also noticed the parkerized finish seemed to come off the receiver interior without too much fuss, which is worrying to an extent.

Hoping to not have to mail this thing back. I still have to carve the stock (drew a pinto on it - one of her favorite horses) and dont want to have to wait on it again.
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